daily.bible.reading

February 12 - 16


Later this year we will feature a sermon series on exits and entrances, but during Lent we are thinking about “Exits” – and our first passage is about Jesus leaving to go to the desert. Our sermon text will be from Mark, but for balance, let’s study the longer Matthean account.


Monday—Read: Matthew 3:13 – 4:1 Think: Does it mean anything to you that Jesus was driven to the desert after he was baptized? Do you think temptation always comes after spiritual breakthroughs? Pray: Ask God to let your baptism be a spiritual memory to safeguard you in temptation.


Tuesday—Read: Matthew 4:1 Think: The Holy Spirit sent him to the desert. Why would the Holy Spirit do that? Has he ever done something like that you? Pray: Pick two or three issues in your life, and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you through them.


Wednesday—Read: Matthew 4:1-2 Think: Jesus went to the desert to fast and pray. Where do you fast and pray? When do you fast and pray? Pray: Today is the first day of Lent – ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in fasting and prayer during this season of devotion and preparation for Easter.


Thursday—Read: Matthew 4:1-11 Think: How would you summarize the three temptations laid before Jesus? Which would be hardest for you – appetitive, fame, or power? What temptations do you struggle with most? How does Jesus use scripture to defeat the temptation? Pray: For the desert to reveal not your weakness, but your strength in Christ. Finish with the Lord’s prayer.


Friday—Read: Matthew 4:12-22 Think: It is after the temptation that Jesus officially begins to preach and call disciples. How does the desert prepare us for our spiritual vocation? Pray: Open the email from this week marked Prayer and Praises and pray through the prayer list.



February 19 - 23


Last week we kind of set the stage for the motif of Jesus ‘exiting’, but this week we dive into a very specific incident that is both interesting and sad at the same time. It is only recorded in its entirety in Luke.


Monday—Read: Luke 4:16-19 Think: Take a biblical field trip to Isaiah 61:1-4, which seems to be a complete oracle from Isaiah. How does Isaiah’s words apply to Jesus’ time period? How about ours now? Pray: For the good news to be proclaimed to those who are in desperate need of hearing it.


Tuesday—Read: Luke 4:20-22 Think: Have you ever been in a situation where everyone was watching your every move in order to judge you? Do you think the people understood what he meant when he said, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing’? Pray: Pick two or three issues in your life, and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you through them.


Wednesday—Read: Luke 4:23-27 Think: Jesus references two Old Testament stories. Go read their background in 1 Kings 17 and 2 Kings 5. Do you understand Jesus’ point? Pray: For widows, for people who are grieving, and for those with incurable diseases.


Thursday—Read: Luke 4:28-29 Think: Why, do you think, the people were angry, and so angry they were blinded and driven to violence? What kind of thing might possibly elicit a similar reaction from you – i.e. what makes you that angry? Pray: Ask God for forgiveness over an issue where you were irrationally angry with someone. Then ask that person to forgive you.


Friday—Read: Luke 4:16-30 Think: Reading the whole account again – how does that last verse, where Jesus went away – away from his hometown, his village, his home, his people – make you feel? What is your relationship like with your hometown? Pray: Open the email from this week marked Prayer and Praises and pray through the prayer list.



February 26 - March 1


Jesus left The Upper Room with singing and a prophetic warning, and this is what we will study on March 3. As we prepare, it will be good to review what all took place in that hallowed room.


Monday—Read: Matthew 26:17-32 Think: Matthew wraps The Lord’s Supper around the prospects of betrayal. Do you think Judas understood Jesus was talking about him? Pray: For the people who you feel have betrayed you, then ask God to show you your own betrayals.


Tuesday—Read: John 13:1-38 Think: Only John tells us about Jesus washing feet. What message is he conveying. Is there a modern equivalent to foot washing? Pray: Ask the Lord to show you the person or people who need your service the most.


Wednesday—Read: Luke 22:24-30 Think: Luke doesn’t tell us about the foot washing, but he does indicate the dispute about who is the greatest. How might that argument over dinner have prompted Jesus visual lesson of washing the feet? Pray: Spend time talking to God about the sins of ambition and vainglory and the role they play in your life.


Thursday—Read: Luke 22:31-38 Think: In what way is Peter’s denial connected to Judas’ betrayal? How is it different? On another note, what do you think Jesus is getting at with the talk about the sword and cloak? Pray: Confess the sins of spiritual boasting and also of spiritual failure.


Friday—Read: John 14:1-31 Think: There are so many rich passages in this sermon Jesus gives. Circle five which are meaningful to you right now (ex: v. 27 about peace). Pray: Open the email from this week marked Prayer and Praises and pray through the prayer list.