Daily Bible Readings – Saturday, November 2, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 55

Prayer Point.  What are you afraid of in this world? What concerns do you carry with you every day? The opposite of living in perpetual fear is a life of continual prayer. Try praying throughout the day. Put this verse into practice: “Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.”

Matthew 13:31-35

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 mustard seed and to yeast working through dough. What do you think Jesus is trying to tell us about the way his kingdom grows and spreads?

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 7:4-17

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. Why does God seal his people (see yesterday’s reading)? So that they might be preserved through the flood of God’s judgment and emerge free on the other side. At the end of God’s judgment who is left standing? What do you notice about God’s people? Where are these people from? What are they doing? Why are they singing?

Where do the singers get their white robes? How is it that they are white? What will Jesus, the Lamb, do for his people who suffered patiently for so long? What hope would this have given John and the seven churches?

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 4:1-23

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. Opposition to the Nehemiah’s rebuilding efforts begins with ridicule from their enemies. How do the Israelites respond to the opposition? Opposition is now ratcheted up. Sanballat and the neighboring tribes plan to attack Jerusalem before the wall is rebuilt. What two things do the Israelites do in the face of the threat? What does God do to frustrate the plans of the enemy?

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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