Weekly Home Guide

This guide is a tool to help you give your attention to God throughout your week as you gather.

Sermon Series: "Less is More"

July 25th: The Simple Life?

Step 1: Music

The Blessing

The Lord's Prayer

I Surrender

Step 2:

Turn to God’s word.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:2-6

Step 3: Prayer

Seek God through prayer

  • Pray for those in our community who are sick and suffering. That they and their families would be held extra close by God the Father in their suffering.
  • Pray that we would become more devoted to you Jesus. 
  • Pray for the families displaced by wildfires, whether vacationers or residents. 

Step 4: Reflection

Prayer does something special to us. It changes our focus from ourselves to God. It helps us see his will a bit better and it changes how we love and act. Prayer is such a special gift. Paul isn't shy about how he wants the Colossian Christians to pray, he says"And pray for us too."

He knows it's powerful. He understood that prayer provides spiritual sustenance. He knew that in the face of temptation prayer orients us to follow Jesus. 

Our modern lives are filled to overflowing with distractions. And this can get in the way of the "Mystery of Christ" if we let it. 

In preparation for this devotional, I (Carlee) googled how many books a person could read per year if they gave up scrolling on their phone. The answer was 200-300. Imagine if we spent that time in God's word, or in prayer, or simply resting in Him. 

Take some time to reflect on this. 

Step 5: Family resource

Click here for an activity or a few questions you can do with your family. 

Step 6: Benediction

Close your time.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion (fellowship) of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.

Step 7: Questions

  1. In what ways do you distract yourself from devotion to God?
  2. Have you ever had a moment where you felt prayer changing you for the better?
  3. What is a prayer practice you'd like to add to your life?