Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Prayer  Psalm: 119:45-72

Prayer Point. Walking God’s path is not easy as this section of Psalm 119 reminds us. Scattered throughout the psalm are appeals to God for help. Pick one or two that resonate with you and make it your prayer this morning.

Matthew 2:1-12

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? Using the following background as a guide.

Background. Why does Matthew tell of the birth of Christ through the eyes of the wise men? What makes Herod the Great as well as all of Jerusalem “frightened”? What is the significance of God using astrology to announce the birth of his son?

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.

Philippians 2:1-11

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. What is the life pattern that Christ left for us to follow? Where did Jesus begin? Where did he go? Where did God the Father take him in the end? What would it would like for you to follow that same life pattern (go back and look at verses 2-4)?

 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 17:1-24

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. Baal was regarded to be the god of the fertility, the god who controlled the weather and protected livestock and crops. How is God’s judgment on Israel, which was announced by Elijah, designed to break Israel’s trust in Baal?

God goes on the offensive by sending Elijah to Zarephath in Sidon which was Baal’s home turf. What was Baal powerless to do in his own country? Who is the only one in Sidon that winds up having enough to eat? Why?

The death of the widow’s son, threatened her faith in the God of Israel who had provided for her. How does God restore this poor widow’s faith? Why do you think God went out of his way to send his prophet into a foreign country to save a poor widow? How wide is the circle of his concern?

Luke 4:24 “I tell you the truth,” [Jesus] continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.  I assure you that there were many widows in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine in the land.  Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.”

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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