Daily Bible Readings – Friday, November 1, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 54

Prayer Point.  What does David believe and pray for when he is attacked by his enemies? Meditate on David’s answer and allow the psalm to help you address your fears with prayer.

Matthew 13:24-30

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 compares the kingdom of heaven to a wheat field infested with weedsWhy can’t the farmers pull the weeds before the harvest? What will happen to the wheat and the weeds after the harvest? Apply this story to the church. Should the church spend energy trying to ferret out people who are not true believers in Christ? Why or why not? Who will take care of that in the future?

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.

Revelation 6:12-7:4

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. In yesterday’s reading, the souls of God’s martyred people cry out, “how long O Lord”! How long will God’s people be allowed to suffer. With the opening sixth seal by Jesus, the lamb of God, God is ready to act to vindicate his people. Just as God rescued Noah and his family by flooding the world, saving them on the ark and allowing them to emerge into a new, purified world, so God will rescue his people through bringing judgment. What will happen to the powerful of the earth? How is this message comforting to John and his churches, who were being persecuted by what appeared to be an invincible Roman Empire?

As chapter 7 opens, the vision shifts again and we see a new image of angels holding back the four winds. What happens to God’s people as the winds are held back? What message of hope did this give John and his churches as they were in the middle of the storm of persecution?

Romans 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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.

Nehemiah 2:1-20

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 began with mourning and fasting and earnest plea to God is now translated into action. What risk does Nehemiah take in putting his prayers into action? Nehemiah courageously obeys, but God supplies the power. What does God do to make Nehemiah’s God-given dream a reality? How does Nehemiah inspire the people to begin the work of rebuilding? What stirrings of opposition do you see? Watch for it in tomorrow’s reading.

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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