Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, May 7, 2103

Prayer Psalm: 78

Prayer Point.  This prayer is about passing the knowledge of God on to the the next generation. Pray that our church will remember what God has done; not only in the Bible, but in our own lives. Pray that we will be faithful in sharing what God has done with the next generation, so they in turn will tell their children.

Luke 11:1-13

Background. I always thought prayer was a spontaneous thing; you enter the presence of God and just spill your guts.  The disciples understood that prayer, while being a spiritual act, was still a practice that required learning. Today’s reading is Jesus’ most basic teaching on the subject of prayer, covering both the content and the proper attitude  in addressing God.

Pay close attention to …

If you read the Lord’s Prayer (verses 2-4) as an outline for prayer, what are the themes that we should cover in our prayers?

  • How should God be addressed? (verse 2)
  • What two things we should desire for God (see verse 2).
  • What we  should pray for our neighbors (verse 3).  Notice that the prayer says “give us”, “forgive us” and “lead us not” and not “give me”, “forgive me” and “lead me not”.
  • The type of attitude we should adopt as we approach God in prayer and he would should imagine him.

Listen. Believe. Obey. Share.

What is the passage saying? About God? About ourselves? (Listen)
What is God asking us to believe? (Believe)
What is God asking us to do? (Obey)
Who can we share this with? (Share)

James 1:16-27

Background. James, the brother of Jesus and an early leader of the church in Jerusalem, is the author of this book.  In today’s reading he will describe for us what life should look like for those who follow Christ and believe the gospel.

Pay close attention to …

  • Our heavenly Father’s good gifts and their purpose for us.
  • The danger that anger poses to our souls.
  • How we are to get rid of moral filth.
  • The proper way to receive the words of Jesus (verses 22-25)
  • The effect that true religion will have on our tongues (verse 26).
  • The essence of a religious life that God accepts (verse 27).

Listen. Believe. Obey. Share.

What is the passage saying? About God? About ourselves? (Listen)
What is God asking us to believe? (Believe)
What is God asking us to do? (Obey)
Who can we share this with? (Share)

Deuteronomy 8:11-20

Background. Charles Dickens is renowned for having exposed the plight of the poor of England in his day (19th century).  Oliver Twist is perhaps the most famous example of what poverty looked like.  We, certainly most of us, have never experienced bone-chilling cold without remedy, nor have we felt anything approaching a stomach-swelling hunger.  We, in this country, experience an unprecedented abundance: we don’t know want!  This abundance has softened our neediness before God.  Not only do we not feel need, it is something we don’t even want to touch.  “I want my stuff…” So “give us this day our daily bread” becomes merely a hackneyed or trite and meaningless expression.  Ironically, this plight (abundance) makes our neediness before God all the more acute.  Moses has outlined how wonderful the Promised Land is.  He now will frame for us what happens when we become complacent.

Pay close attention to …

  • The first thing Moses admonishes in this section (v. 11 )
  • What happens when the people forget (v14 )
  • Moses stern warning about forgetting the LORD (v. 19 )
  • How the Israelites are no better than other nations (v. 20 )

Listen. Believe. Obey. Share.

What is the passage saying? About God? About ourselves? (Listen)
What is God asking us to believe? (Believe)
What is God asking us to do? (Obey)
Who can we share this with? (Share)

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