Daily Bible Readings – Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 82

Prayer Point.  While most gods were thought to side with the powerful, our God is as a God who defends the weak. Pray today that God would intervene on behalf of the poor and the weak (people of Haiti, the unborn, children in the foster care system, the civilians in Syria, victims of the typhoon in the Phillipines, …)

Matthew 15:29-39

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. What attracted these massive crowds to come to Jesus? How does Jesus feel about the needy people who came to him? Why does Jesus’ concern for the crowds unnerve the disciples? Have you ever felt this way when you were confronted by the needs of the world?

What does Jesus ask of his disciples? What does Jesus provide himself? Is there enough? What does this tell you about our resources, God, and the needs of the world?

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 18:21-24

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. The image of the angel throwing the millstone into the sea announces the final and complete demise of the whore of Babylon, which represents the world political and economic system that opposes God. What sins has the whore of Babylon committed that warrants such final and complete destruction?

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.

 

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