Daily Bible Readings – Thursday, August 29, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 18

Prayer Point. Our God is a rock, a shield, a stronghold and our strength.  He is the God who saves us as this psalm celebrates. How has God rescued you or someone close to you? Meditate on that and offer a prayer of thanks in response.

Mark 14:12-26

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. Passover was a meal that the Jewish people celebrated to remember what happened when Moses led the Hebrew people out of Egypt. This meal that Jesus instituted was really not just a celebration of Passover. It had much deeper meaning. What did Jesus mean by breaking the bread and pouring of the cup? What significance did it have for the disciples? What significance does it have for us today?

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 27:27-44

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? You can use the following background to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. Paul understands that he is God’s servant, destined to be a witness of Jesus Christ in the capitol of the Roman Empire, Rome. Knowing this, Paul does not waver despite the powers that are arrayed against him, first the Roman Empire and second the power of the stormy sea which threatens to take down his ship and all that are with him.

Who ironically appears to be in control of the ship when the sailors attempt to flee? What do you think it took for the 276 men on board the ship to eat some food and throw the rest of the grain into the sea? Remember they had been lost at sea for 14 days! What do you think they saw in Paul that caused them to put their faith in a prisoner?

How did God use Paul to ensure the safety of all 276 men on board including the prisoners?

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.

1 Kings 3:16-28

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?

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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