Daily Bible Readings, Thursday, June 20, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 86

Prayer Point.  How do you pray when your back is against the wall?  Psalm 86 points the way and shows us how to worship and plead with God in the darkest of times.  Pray this psalm on behalf of someone you know that is struggling.  If you are in a difficult place, pray it on your own behalf.

Luke 20:41-21:4

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the background  to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background.  Having taken the best shots from the teachers of the Law, chief priests and the Sadducees (see Luke 20:1-8; 20-40), Jesus goes on the offensive with a question of his own. He quotes Psalm 110:1 in Luke 20:42. What dilemma can’t the teachers of the law solve? Who must Jesus be if he is the son of David and also his Lord?

Why does Jesus warn the people against the teachers of the Law? What do they love? Whom do they devour? Why do they pray lengthy prayers?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Repent. How have I failed to obey and share what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

Acts 2:22-36

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? You can use the following background to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background.  The full title of the book of Acts is “The Acts of the Apostles.” Some have suggested that it should be “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit, at the very least, is the central character in the story. As you read though Acts, look for this pattern:

  • The Holy Spirit acts.
  • The crowds witness the Holy Spirit’s action.
  • The Apostles explain to the crowds what has happened, always tying the event back to Jesus.

This pattern is first seen here in Acts 2. The Holy Spirit arrives with the sound of a rushing wind and the Apostles preaching Jesus with each person hearing the message in his own language. The crowds witness the action and ask for an explanation. How does Peter explain to the crowds what they have just witnessed? Who does Peter point to in verses 22-36? How does Peter’s sermon fit into Jesus’ vision statement (Acts 1:8)?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Repent. How have I failed to obey and share what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

1 Samuel 2:27-36

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you are reading.

Read. Read the passage slowly either alone or in a group and answer the following questions:

Listen. What is the passage saying? What are the main points? Use the “Background” below to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background.  A prophet of God comes to Eli and delivers a word of warning. What is the cause of God’s judgment (2:27-29) on the Eli and his family?  What is Eli’s failure as a father and a follower of God?  What judgment will fall on Eli and his family?  Where is there hope in this passage (see 1 Samuel 2:35)?  

As we read through 1 Samuel, we will see that God will make good on his promise to raise up a faithful priest.  Yet even he is not the complete fulfillment of this promise.  The faithful priest will point forward to one greater, faithful and perfect high priest (see Hebrews 4:14-5:10).

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Share. What can I share and with whom can I share it?

Repent. How have I failed to obey and share what God is asking me to do? Confess those failures to God and ask for his forgiveness.

Believe. Which of God’s promises would I need to believe in order to obey and share what I have read?

Final Prayer. Pray for the faith to believe the promises of God so that you might obey and share what you have learned.

 

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