GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 5 Bible Reading: 2 Samuel Chapters 19-21

WHY God does NOT answer some of our prayers? Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, "It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites." (2 Sam 21:1)

The cause for famine during David’s time was Saul and his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.  Some think that they were sufferers in the atrocity perpetrated by Saul at Nob (1Sam 22:19) where many of them may have resided as attendants of the priests. This famine would continue until David took definite steps of restitution, and God would answer their prayers as soon as His requirements of justice are satisfied. "So they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God heeded the prayer for the land" (2 Sam 21:14)

Why does not God answer some of our prayers as well? The Bible gives us many reasons why God does not answer some of our prayers, especially if our motives are wrong (James 4:3), if we regard iniquity in the heart (Psalms 66:18), if we live in sin (Isaiah 59:2; John 9:31), if we offer unworthy service to God (Mal 1:7-9), if we forsake God (Jer 14:10, 12), if we reject the call of God (Prov 1:24-25, 28), and if we do not hear and obey God's word (Prov 28:9; Zech 7:11-13). Our prayers will also not be answered if we are wavering (James 1:6-7), hypocrites (Job 27:8-9), proud (Job 35:12-13) or self-righteous (Luke 18:11-12, 14).

Thus there are many reasons for unanswered prayer and when we see our prayers not answered we should seek God to address the problem. When afflictions come into our lives, like David, we should sincerely ask God for the reasons behind them and God will answer us in some way. Many troubles are sent our way to bring our sin to remembrance, and are meant to lead us to repentance and to humble ourselves before God.

Today, let us boldly approach the throne room of God and understand the specific reasons for our troubles and why our prayers are not being answered. "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb 4:16)

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