Forty Days of Prayer - Day 40Posted by Junior Jazminn Molinas on 6/1/2018 7:00:00 AM
Friday, June 1, 2018
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.’” John 8:31
To be a disciple, you have to give up everything you have ever been given in this world to follow something greater than earth, you would be a follower of Jesus Christ, a perfect example of what everybody should be, an image of God. What this phrase “truly my disciples” implies is that there are disciples who are not truly disciples. The word “truly” means “really” — “really my disciples.” There are authentic and inauthentic disciples. The world is not just divided into two groups: disciples of Jesus and non-disciples. It is divided into three groups: non-disciples, unreal disciples, and real disciples — people who make no pretense of following Jesus, people that say they follow him and have a surface connection with him, and people who truly follow him. So there is no thought here about “true discipleship” being a second stage of Christian maturity. True disciple means true believer or true Christian or true follower. It means, for example, truly forgiven for your sins. Look at verse 24: “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” So he says, if you do believe in me, you won’t die in your sins.
Junior Jazminn Molinas
- Pray for all of our graduates as they progress to a new stage in their walk with God. Pray for grace to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
- Give thanks to God for the faithfulness he has shown in answered prayer throughout this forty day prayer emphasis.
- Praise God for his great love and mercy show to you (Ephesians 2:4).
Forty Days of Prayer - Day 39Posted by Junior Elijah Chuang on 5/31/2018 7:00:00 AM
Thursday, May 31, 2018
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
Whenever I read this passage, it invokes a sense of gratitude in me. True, there are evil things in the world, but God has given us so many good things and He himself is good to us. The things that come from God are indeed true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. Think about these things, because our thoughts turn into our actions. If our thoughts are on things that are pleasing to God, then our actions will be more of the same. If our thoughts are on that which is contemptible then our actions also will be. Focus on that which is virtuous and pleasing to God. Imagine a beautiful fruit tree created by God (no, not that one) and all of the fruit is great and healthy except for one that has become bug infested. We all too often focus only on the one fruit that has become bad, the bad aspects in life, and ignore all the good things that we should be grateful for. “What clouds our view is the Enemy’s skill at cropping photos.” - Louie Giglio
Take time today and think of all the good that God provides us with and thank Him for those things.
Junior Elijah Chuang
- Give thanks for the tremendous school family shared by students, teachers, parents, grandparents, and community members.
- Pray for the senior class as they near graduation, that they would seek God as they plan for and anticipate the next stages of life after high school.
- Give thanks that nothing can separate you from the love of Jesus (Romans 8:35).
Forty Days of Prayer - Day 38Posted by Junior Loren Pittaway on 5/30/2018 7:00:00 AM
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
“In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” Luke 14:33
If we aim to call ourselves disciples of Christ, we have to give up all that we have here on earth in order to gain all that he has for us in heaven. We can not take our earthly possessions with us when we die therefore why do we cling so closely to them in life? What does it mean to be a disciple? Being a disciple essentially means being a follower of Christ but entails applying his teaching to your life and actually living in his word and way alike. Luke 14:33 is instructing us to give up what we have on earth in order to be disciples and this is because we can not have both things of this world and that of Jesus. Jesus demands that we lay down our life here on earth in order to gain life with him after death in heaven. It is said that Earth is our temporary home and the “things” of it will surely fade. The enemy wants us to be distracted by clothing, cars and wealth and make us believe this will bring us happiness. Personally, this is absolutely applicable to my life in that I take pride in insignificant possessions. I like my things honestly; my clothes, my book collection, my home. While it’s not bad to have nice things, it can surely be dangerous if we take pride in these things or grant them more importance than we should. We are commanded though, to lay these things down and follow Jesus, loving other people and honoring our Savior. Overvaluing earthly possessions can essentially sabotage your desire for God and weaken your faith. If we dwell on the temporary, we will not reach eternity. Following Christ comes at a cost, no doubt, but also the greatest reward that exists.
Junior Loren Pittaway
- Pray for Mr. Will Warricks in maintenance and his crew as they work to keep the SCS campus looking and operating in top condition.
- Pray that students would have open hearts in chapel this morning.
- Praise Jesus for being "the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
Forty Days of Prayer - Day 37Posted by Junior Carson Restivo on 5/29/2018 7:00:00 AM
Saturday, May 29, 2018
“So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17: 3-4
Forgiveness is by far the most difficult thing in the world to do. The very idea of refraining from revenge goes against human nature. Normally in fictional stories the protagonist is unable to take revenge against his or her enemies and the story usually follows them getting to the point where they can fight back and always ends with them winning and causing their enemies to suffer. These stories are so popular because the idea of revenge is very appealing. However, this is not what Jesus did. Jesus had the power to take revenge on his enemies when he was being nailed to the cross. He had the power to fight back and “make them pay.” In fact, not only did he refrain from revenge and allow them to publicly humiliate and torture him, but he even punished himself for the very thing they were doing to him. This also included every sin that every single person had ever committed, whether actually doing it or having thoughts of doing it. Jesus didn’t take revenge, he forgave. This means letting go of your hatred and anger toward someone that 100% deserves it, and allowing yourself to become “weak” and letting the other person “win;” even if they insult you and tell you that “you can’t do anything about it.”
Forgiveness is the direct opposite of what many would allow themselves to do, something I personally struggle with a lot, but it is mandatory for following Christ because it is the very reason that any of us would get to heaven in the first place. If Jesus had taken revenge, we would all be suffering right now starting from the very instant we ever sinned. Forgiveness is very hard to do. Not because we are unable, but because we don’t want to; however, it is one of the greatest commandments Jesus has given us. This is what it means to take up the cross and become a disciple in Christ.
Junior Carson Restivo
- Praise for the willing service of countless volunteers in the life of our school.
- Pray for safety as the students and parents travel to and from school.
- Thank Jesus for modeling true humility as he washed the disciples' feet. Ask him to give you a servant's heart.
Forty Days of Prayer - Day 36Posted by Senior Freeman Chen on 5/28/2018 7:00:00 AM
Monday, May 28, 2018
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4
This verse can explain clearly what it means to be a Disciple. Being buried is seen as a consequence of death. Christ followers’ spirits pass through baptism to wash off the sin on themselves, in order to resemble Christ’s rebirth. In other words, it is our responsibility to go through the process of baptism and repenting of our sins. We must do this in order to be able to live under the glory of God. After baptism, we should notice that our spirit has been saved, we receive the righteousness from the glory of God, which means we should follow God’s law and study the truth of the Bible. By doing this it will provide peace, happiness and hope in our lives. Although we will never approach God's grace and power, but we can be in his presence by repentance and baptism.
Senior Freeman Chen
- Pray for Mrs. Val Clark as she teaches fourth grade students she would know the blessing and rewards of helping students learn new concepts and ideas.
- Pray for the senior class and their leaders as they leave today on their class trip, for safe travels and for good fruit to result from their time away together.
- Ask God for a heart that is willing to follow his leading and will for your life.
Forty Days of Prayer - Day 35Posted by Junior Alex Lowry on 5/27/2018 7:00:00 AM
Sunday, May 27, 2018
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:16-26
When we choose to follow in the footsteps of Christ Jesus we must strive to follow them as close to perfectly as humanly possible. The cited passage above tells us about the ‘works of the flesh’, and that if we follow them we cannot inherit the kingdom of God. How could we inherit this seemingly impossible goal? Accepting Christ is just but one step to achieving this and cannot achieve the goal alone. We also have to keep our earthly desires under control. This means asking for forgiveness from the LORD as well as giving him thanks for giving us the opportunity to have a second, or third, or fourth, or as many chances as we need to right our hearts and our minds. But we should not take God’s kindness for granted, like I myself do. We need to learn from our mistakes and change something. Not just outwardly, but inwardly as well. This means that I shouldn’t actively or passively seek vengeance. That also means that I shouldn’t turn a blind eye to someone else’s sins either. We need to point out to the person that what they are doing is wrong in the eyes of not only our Creator but to those around us as well. We also pray to the Father that he would help guide them or send someone to guide them along the right path. We also need to use our God given gifts to show people the power of Christ’s sacrifice and the promise that he made through that sacrifice upon the cross. I pray for those who seek to be followers of Christ that they follow in step with the Holy Spirit and that they take heed to where he leads them.
Junior Alex Lowry
- Give praise and thanks for Summer Van Oort and Leslie Hodgskiss for the ways they enrich our children’s lives daily.
- Pray for the students of our school to be nurtured and grow in their love of God’s Word and their knowledge of salvation. Pray for godly wisdom and love for all those who influence our children.
- Praise God, the one who controls even the details of your life.
Forty Days of Prayer - Day 34Posted by Junior Nicholas Sulzbacher on 5/26/2018 7:00:00 AM
Saturday, May 26, 2018
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12: 17-21
When I was in fourth grade I memorized all of Romans 12. I did this with the hope of earning myself a ticket to an amusement park. At the time, I don’t think those verses had really affected how I thought or acted around others, yet they still float around my head today. Now that I’m significantly older, I took some time to actually process these verses. These verses have shown me how to treat those properly. We all know the golden rule- treat those how you would want to be treated- but I think these verses here really put it into more precise words. Live at peace with everyone. Those are the words I want to live by for the rest of my life and I hope the same applies to you. I believe I have a mixed reputation here at Stillwater but I also believe that I can change the possible bad relationships to good. Through living out what these words say on a day to day basis, I will accomplish living at peace with others around me. So I ask the readers, have you been consciously trying to live at peace? If you have been, then have you caught yourself thinking of revenge or spite?
Junior Nicholas Sulzbacher
- Pray for God to teach our students to take up the shield of faith, wear the helmet of salvation, and carry the sword of the spirit, God’s Word.
- Praise for God’s faithfulness and provision to our school. Pray for continued wisdom and discernment for those who lead our school.
- Thank God for his mercy to you.
Forty Days of Prayer - Day 33Posted by Senior Victoria Hanson on 5/25/2018 7:00:00 AM
Friday, May 25, 2018
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:9-17
I chose this passage to address discipleship because in these verses Christ tells us how we should act toward God and toward people. I also think that these Bible verses are very applicable when dealing with how we should act on the inside as disciples. Jesus says that we should have joy. Joy is different from happiness because we can choose to be joyful, but being happy is more of an uncontrollable feeling. A subtle yet powerful way to be a disciple for God is through our attitude toward hardships and trials. I personally have a hard time choosing to be joyful. I tend to complain about homework or how tired I am all the time. Instead I should have a better attitude because the way I act represents Christ. Another thing that I would want to encourage everyone to do, including myself, is love each other more and better. That doesn't mean buying someone a big lunch or an expensive present. It can Be as simple as not gossiping, or talking about someone behind their back. Christ is calling us to build each other up in the form of love.
Senior Victoria Hanson
- Pray for Mr. Ryan O’Rourke as he works with high school students in Bible and history classes. Pray that his students would clearly see God’s hand at work as they study history.
- Pray for the elementary, middle school and high school teachers today as they work with students to increase their knowledge. Pray for God’s blessing as they pour themselves into each student.
- Praise God, the one who is perfect in power and judgment but also perfect in mercy and kindness.
Forty Days of Prayer - Day 32Posted by Junior Jeremiah Hooker on 5/24/2018 7:00:00 AM
Thursday, May 24, 2018
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” Colossians 3:5-8
In this section of the letter that Paul has written to the Colossians, he will highlight what it means to be a true follower of Christ. I have been a Christian for longer than I can remember and have set my mind on the things that are above, and not the things of this world. I found myself thinking that I’m so spiritual and on fire for God because I’m looking down on all of the worldly desires, but recently I have looked up and stopped focusing on everything that is wrong with this world. It has shown me a new light which has allowed me to see my shortcomings and sins. This has prevented me so many times from being a disciple of Christ and going out to share God’s word with people who look like they are having a bad day or are struggling, but now I have been able to be a disciple to those who are lost and stranded in sin. I had to learn how to put to death what is earthly in me so I could be a disciple for Christ. What is in your life that is preventing you from becoming a disciple of Christ?
Junior Jeremiah Hooker
- Pray that Mr. Mark Pond would see the fruits of his effort in the lives of his students. Thank him for all he does as our Athletic Director.
- Teach our students to find their confidence and hope in Christ for any difficulties they face.
- Thank God for giving you eyes to see and ears to hear his Word.
Forty Days of Prayer - Day 31Posted by Senior Bridgette Schwartz on 5/23/2018 7:00:00 AM
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
“And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” 2 Corinthians 5:15
Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for us, in order that we may be cleansed from our sins and fully follow him. Being a disciple is not just reading your Bible and going to church but is so much more. It is a heart and mind issue. We must be fully devoted to Christ and his teaching and make a conscious effort every day to follow him and live like he lived. If God was willing to send His one and only son for us, His Son who in the end would die- should we not being willing to spread His word to everyone we meet? This is the least we could do, and in comparison is nothing to what He has done for us. My prayer is that I will be able to put my full trust in Him, and I will not put faith in myself to know what is best for me, and I would have the courage to tell others about Him.
Senior Bridgette Schwartz
- Pray for Mrs. Renae Blasdel, Mrs. Neva Fladger, Mrs. Susan Nicely, and Mrs. Kourtney Wright in the kitchen and remember to thank them for tremendous work they do in keeping hungry students well fed.
- Pray that chapel would be meaningful for students today.
- Ask God to help you be a truthful person in whom he would delight (Ps. 12:2)