Daily Bible Readings – Monday, October 14, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 3

Prayer Point. King David wrote this prayer as he was running for his life having been betrayed by his own son Absalom. This psalm is a study of how to pray in the midst of fear. Notice how David describes God in this prayer. Notice what he asks for. Pray that God will give you the faith to trust him, not only for your safety, but also to secure justice.

Matthew 10:5-15

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. Upon first glance it seems a little odd that Jesus does not allow his disciples to minister among the Gentiles and Samaritans. Paul tells us in Romans 1:16 that Christ came first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. God chose the Jewish people as his holy nation to tell the whole world about him.

Notice what Jesus commands his disciples to do. According to verses 7 and 8 what does Jesus command? Why? Notice he gives the power and the authority to do the same things he had been doing. There is a pattern of discipleship going on here. Can you see it? I do it, you watch me, now go do it is the pattern that Jesus gives to his disciples.

What does Jesus ask his disciples to upon entering a town or village? What does he tell his disciples to do if they are not well received? What will befall those who do not accept the disciples?

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 13:1-13

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 bkground to help you understand the main points of this passage.

Background. What must we possess in order for our gifts, talents, accomplishments, and sacrifices to have any meaning? How does Paul define love? What is it? What is it not? How does Paul’s definition compare to your understanding of love? Why is love greater than any of the spiritual gifts? Why do you think Paul considers love to be greater than faith and hope?

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.

Jeremiah 36:11-26

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

Background. When last we left our heroes (Jeremiah and his secretary Baruch), Baruch was headed toward the temple on a national day of fasting to read a scroll dictated to him by Jeremiah to all the assembled.  Jeremiah had been banned from going into the temple (for reasons we can only guess at) so he commissioned Baruch to deliver the message.

Who is initially receptive to the words of Jeremiah? How does King Jehoiakim seal his fate?

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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