Daily Bible Readings – Friday, August 30, 2013

Psalm Prayer: 22

Prayer Point. The psalmist wonders where God is when bad things happen.  Read this psalm once through and if you are experiencing suffering a dark time right now allow it be your prayer.  If this is not your experience, pray it on behalf of someone you know who is in this place.  Read it a second time and  this time look for glimpses of Jesus (see Mark 15:21-38).

Mark 14:27-42

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. Jesus here tells his disciples that they will all fall away. But there is hope. Jesus tells them that he will be raised up and that he will meet them in Galilee. Why does Jesus take the time to tell his disciples this?

Next we see Jesus at Gethsemane where he begins to pray. Notice his prayer. What does Jesus say here? What do we notice about Jesus here? Here Jesus prays three times the same thing. What does this say about how we should pray?

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 28:1-16

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 is a prisoner of the most powerful empire on earth, seemingly at the mercy on the greatest natural force on the planet, the sea, and yet God demonstrates through Paul, that he and he alone is the God of this world and is in firm control of his creation.

How does God display his power through Paul once he reaches shore? What causes the people of Malta to conclude that he is some sort of god? How is the governor of Malta and all the people of the island impacted by Paul’s ministry?

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 5:1-6:1, 7

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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