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.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

December 8 Bible Reading: 1 Timothy Chapters 1-3

We are RESPONSIBLE to PRAY for our LEADERS: "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Tim 2:1-4)

Prayer moves the hand that governs the world. Prayer is both a privilege and an obligation: it is a privilege for us to have audience with the Almighty God, and it is an obligation for we are debtors to all with reference to the good news of salvation (Romans 1:14). Apostle Paul lists four aspects of prayer—supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, which the Believer’s Bible Commentary has distinguished as follows:
  • Supplication is the earnest pleading of specific requests and needs.
  • Prayers cover all kinds of our reverent approaches to God.
  • Intercessions are those forms of petition in which we address God on behalf of others.
  • Giving of thanks describes prayer in which we rehearse the grace and kindness of our Lord, and pour out our hearts in gratitude to Him.
Thus, we should be humble, worshipful, trustful, and thankful when we pray. In the above passage, in particular Apostle Paul is exhorting his spiritual son Timothy that he is responsible to pray for his leaders – whether political, government, spiritual, work-related, etc. – anyone who is an authority figure. The reasons for that are because authorities are ordained of God (Rom. 13:1), and they are ministers of God to us for good (Rom. 13:4).

This instruction takes special meaning when we remember that Apostle Paul wrote this letter in the days of Nero. The terrible persecutions which were inflicted on the Christians by this wicked ruler did not affect the fact that Christians should pray for their government leaders. The reason Apostle Paul gives is that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence (v. 2). It is for our own good that our government should be stable and that the country be preserved from revolution, civil war, turmoil, and anarchy. We must pray for those who are in authority over us if we wish to reap the benefits of good government, which is a prized gift from God for the church’s welfare and advancement of the gospel. This prayer is good and acceptable in the sight of God as well (v. 3).

To influence our leaders for God, we need to intercede on their behalf before God. God is the ultimate Sovereign. He is in control, and our prayers affect decisions at the highest level. God hears the prayers of the righteous (Prov. 15:29), and God will turn the leader’s heart as He wishes as an answer to our prayers, as we read in Prov. 21:1: "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes."

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