Daily Bible Readings – Friday, September 27, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 91

Prayer Point. Are you or someone you know struggling with fear? Meditate and pray through this psalm. Remember that because God rescued Jesus from the grace, he will also be a refuge to those who belong to Jesus.

Matthew 6:7-15

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. Pagan prayer was about “sucking up” to their gods to get their attention. Prayer by the Jewish leaders in Israel was about drawing attention to yourself so that others could marvel at their “holiness.” How is Christian prayer different? What do we have to do to get God’s attention?

The Lord’s Prayer is Jesus’ key teaching on prayer. Let’s go through the Lord’s Prayer together. How does God want us to address him? Why is this an important contrast to pagan prayer? If ‘hallowed’ means ‘may your name be made holy’, what is Jesus teaching us about the first we thing we do in prayer? Verse 10 is an example of Hebrew poetry. The first line is explained by the second line. ‘Your kingdom comes’ = ‘your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ How is praying this portion of the Lord’s prayer an expression of love for God (see Matthew 26:36-39). The key word in verse 11 is ‘our’. It’s not about my needs, it is about us. If verse 10 is an expression of what love for God looks like in prayer, verse 11 is what love for neighbor looks like. How does Exodus 16 shed light on what it means to pray for our daily bread? How is the forgiveness of our sins connected to forgiving others? What can we ask for in our battle against sin?

Try reading through the Lord’s prayer line by line. Pause after each verse and pray what whatever comes to mind.

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 Corinthians 7:1-9

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. Christians today normally see singleness as a problem to be solved. How does Paul view singleness? What benefit is there in being single?  Why does Paul encourage some people to get married? Is marriage ‘better’ than being single? In yesterday’s reading Paul argued that our bodies belong to God. For married couples there is a second owner, who is it?

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 Kings 9:17-37

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 significance of the place where Joram, the son of Ahab, dies? Jehu is at the property of Naboth the Jezreelite. You may remember that poor Naboth was minding his own business when Ahab came upon him in his vineyard and asked Naboth to buy/trade/sell the vineyard to him, which he refused. The upshot is that Jezebel then arranged for a couple of false witnesses to testify that Naboth had blasphemed God and denounced the king which then costs Naboth his life (see 1 Kings chapter 21). So here we are in Naboth’s, excuse me, Ahab’s vegetable garden.

Jehu also kills Ahaziah the king of Judah. Look at 1 Kings 9:6-10. Was Jehu authorized to kill the king of Judah? Remember that Ahaziah was a descendent of David in the line of Messiah. How is the judgment that was prophesied against Jezebel fulfilled?

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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