Prayer Psalm: 144
Prayer Point: From the depths of a broken world, David lifted his hands to God and cried out: “Part your heavens, O Lord, and come down;” God did and he will. Two thousand years ago, Jesus, the Son of God, took on human flesh and lived, died and rose again for us. This Jesus will come again and when he does, the hopes and dreams of this psalm will be fully realized. Thank God for parting the heavens and sending Jesus. Where is there evil and brokenness in your life? Pray with hope for Jesus’ return.
The crowds pursuing Jesus are hoping for more free food. Jesus announces that the true bread is something greater than the miracle bread they had eaten. Jesus is the true bread. How do the crowds respond to Jesus’ announcement that he is the true manna (see Exodus chapter 16) or bread from heaven? Why are they skeptical? How does Jesus explain their unbelief?
What does it take for someone to come to Jesus? Who draws and teaches them? What happens to those who believe according to verse 47?
In what way is Jesus a greater bread than the manna that Israel’s forefathers ate in the desert? What will happen to those who eat the “flesh” of Jesus?
Paul, who has been blinded by God, begins to see clearly for the first time in his life. Ananias, despite his reasonable fears, is asked to go to Paul and restore his sight. What new purpose does God have for Saul? How does this fit into God’s plan for the church (see Acts 1:8)? What happens to Saul once he receives the Holy Spirit? What does this story tell you about the reach of our God? Is anyone beyond his grace? How can this story impact the way we look at our enemies?
Job 3:1-26 – Job Speaks
The reminder of the book of Job is in poetry. What does Job curse in verses 1-10? (Job curses the day and the night he was born.)
Verses 11-19 are a praise for what? (Job aches that it would have been better for him if he had been still born.)
Job cannot seem to see any good in life any longer. He can’t understand why it is that he is still alive. What does Job express which goes to the heart of everyone’s fears? (“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:25-26 NIV))