Daily Bible Readings – Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Prayer Psalm: 95

Prayer Point.  If God is our Creator, Shepherd and Savior then why do we struggle to trust him? Confess the areas of your life where you are failing to trust him and pray for the faith to rest in his goodness and faithfulness.

Matthew 17:14-21

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. Why were the disciples unable to heal the demon possessed boy? Why do you think this angers Jesus? How much faith is needed to make an impact on our world? How does this challenge your own understanding of faith?

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 21:1-8

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. John sees a vision of the answer to  our hopes and dreams. What is our ultimate hope? Where will God’s people be? Where will God be? What will be in this new heaven and earth? What will be gone?

What message from God is John asked to pass on to us? What is God’s people to do today as we face opposition and suffer? What hope is there for the one who holds on to his faith? What will happen to those who give up?

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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