Daily Bible Readings – Friday, August 23, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 140

Prayer Point. This psalm is a prayer of the oppressed asking God for the justice that is too often denied to the poor and the needy. Pray this psalm on behalf of an oppressed person or group of people, but keep this in mind: God, not us executes judgment. We would deserve this same judgment had Jesus no died for our sins. Pray also that oppressors will also come to faith in Jesus Christ so that they will receive the same forgiveness we have received.

Mark 12:35-44

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? Using the following background as a guide.

Background. In this passage we see Jesus teaching to the crowds in the temple. He asks the question, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David?”. Who is Jesus claiming to be in this passage? How do the crowds of people respond?

In this passage we also see Jesus telling the people to beware the scribes. What is it about the scribes’ motives that makes Jesus so angry?

We also see the widow come into the picture and put her offering in the box. It was not much compared to what the rich people would put in. Why does Jesus commend the woman? What is it about her offering that makes it more special than the rich people’s offerings?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey 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?

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

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

Acts 24:24-25:12

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. Notice how long Paul languishes in prison. Can you imagine what thoughts and doubts went through his head? How is a second attempt on Paul’s life thwarted? Who is God working through (notice the sweet irony again)?

As a Roman Citizen, Paul had the right to appeal his case to Caesar. How does this right serve God’s purpose for Paul?

Obey. What is God asking me to do?

Repent. How have I failed to obey 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?

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

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

2 Samuel 19:24-33 

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. How did Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, demonstrate his loyalty to David? How was he betrayed by his servant Ziba (see 2 Samuel 16:1-4)? How does David reward his ally Barzillai? What rift is forming between the tribe of Judah and the rest of Israel as the chapter comes to a close?

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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