Faith Bible Readings 2019
At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer (Ephesians 6:17-18)! Take the ‘sword of the Spirit’ (God’s Word) and persevere in prayer! In this year, ask God each day to speak directly to you from the Scripture portions you read. Select a quiet place and consistent time to read and pray.
Our plan for 2019 will be similar to previous years with one exception. Monday-Saturday we will focus on one main devotional passage; the additional readings will keep you on track to finish the entire Bible in one year. On Sunday, we will have a passage from the upcoming Sunday sermon along with questions for Faith Group discussion. In addition, we will include a “One Another” passage also for Faith Group discussion and personal application in caring for one another in the body of Faith.
We suggest having a notebook and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts/insights. Bring this notebook with you to Faith Group for discussions and prayer times.
Download PDF: Daily Bible Readings 2019 Nov 25-Dec 1
Abbreviations: TAI – Think About It | PP – Prayer Points
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Read Daniel 1
TAI: Who gave the king of Babylon the victory? Why would the writer say it this way? What desecration does the victorious king commit against the house of God? After the defeat, how is Daniel introduced to the reader? What test does Daniel propose and what dietary lesson results from it? What unique skill does Daniel possess? The writer identifies that the special wisdom, skills, and knowledge of Daniel and his friends comes from God. What lesson should we learn from this?
PP: Humbly acknowledge that it is God who places governments and nations in their places. Pray for those in authority in our land (I Timothy 2:1-2). Thank God for giving you life, breath, and whatever spiritual gifts or special abilities you have. Submit all of those to God for his divine use. Ask God to help you use your spiritual gifts and abilities for his glory and for the building up of the body of Christ.
Thank God for all the gifted and willing people who make our church life at Faith Baptist Fellowship possible. Pray for whatever ministry you take part in at the church.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Read Daniel 2
TAI: What an amazing chapter! The king has a troubling dream; his advisors have no clue about interpreting the dream; the king threatens them with death; God gives Daniel the interpretation; Daniel offers a blessing to God for this gift and gives God all the glory; Daniel interprets the dream and tells the king that it is from God; the king honors Daniel. What insights do you gain from reflecting on the blessing prayed by Daniel in vv. 20-23? Write a blessing to God.
PP: Pray through the blessing prayed by Daniel (vv. 20-23). Change the “he” to “you.” Make the prayer your very own. Add thoughts and phrases that come to mind; make it more personal to your situation. Though the last couple of lines don’t apply to you, what can you praise and thank God for in your own life right now? What blessings have you received? Thanksgiving is just two days away!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Read Daniel 3-4
TAI: Another extraordinary reading. How would you summarize the movements of these two chapters? What lessons can you record from the fiery furnace and the king’s 2nd dream?
PP: There are two sections of verse attributed to King N in the 4th chapter. Turn these lines into your own prayer of praise to God. Keep in mind that the second followed the king’s banishment for his pride. Confess to God any pride, for it is sin. Rather give God all the glory, honor and praise. On this Thanksgiving Eve, give thanks to God for every grace and blessing he has bestowed upon you and your family.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Happy Thanksgiving!
Read Daniel 5-6
TAI: If we could capture the lessons of these three kings from the early chapters of Daniel in one sentence, it might be James 4:6, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” How is grandiose human pride exhibited in these two chapters? How does God “lift up” the humble, wise, God-centered man Daniel? These two stories are often thought of as “Sunday School stories”—the handwriting on the wall and the Lion’s Den. Reading them now, what new insight did you gain and how would you apply it to your life today?
PP: Humble yourself before the Lord in prayer. Include truth from Darius’s decree (6:26-27) in your prayer, making it your own. On this Thanksgiving Day, give God great thanks for his mercy and kindness and love to you and your loved ones. Perhaps in your gathering you could share things you are thankful for and take time to express thanks to God, for his mercies are new every morning and his faithfulness is great!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Read Daniel 7-8
TAI: A wise, single-sentence summary of these two chapters of vivid imagery might be this: “In the end, the Messiah will reign, and God will be victorious.” Various human rulers will come, and there will be tumult that is both earthly and cosmic, but God’s plan and his eternal reign will never be thwarted. Probably every generation has tried to identify the kingdoms and rulers; those come and go, but truly only God knows the ultimate fulfillment of these images. God, the Ancient of Days, will be victorious! Jesus will reign forever!
PP: How do we respond to such extraordinary, vivid imagery, which we don’t fully understand? Even Daniel was troubled by the visions. We respond by faith, trusting God. Pray a prayer of faith. Tell God that you trust in him. Express confidence that Jesus will be Victor and Eternal King! Tell the Ancient of Days that your hope is in him!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Read Daniel 9
TAI: This chapter contains a beautiful and insightful prayer of confession and intercession. Daniel confesses his sin and the sins of God’s people. He then calls out to God to act on behalf of Jerusalem and the nation. Reflect on his prayer. What can you learn about prayer from Daniel’s example? The clearest lesson we can take from the mysterious 70 weeks is the very last line: the decreed end will be poured out on the desolator. God will be victorious! Jesus wins!
PP: After pondering this amazing prayer of confession and intercession by Daniel, compose your thoughts for your own prayer in the same spirit. Confess your sin. Confess the sin of our land. Ask God to move, to intervene, to pour out his Holy Spirit! We need the church to be revived and the nation to be awakened. Express thanks to God that his decreed end will come to pass. Our hope is Christ!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 – First Sunday of Advent — “Go Tell It!”
Read Genesis 12:1-3
TAI & PP: Go! God tells Abram to go, and the impact reverberates through all of history to this very day. In fact, the Bible has a whole series of “Go” statements, and this Advent season we will reflect on our calling to GO TELL IT on the mountain…and the plains, the coastlands, the islands; in truth, to GO TELL IT to the whole world.
What grand promise does God give to Abram in this passage? How could Abram’s life possible bless the entire world? How is this promise fulfilled?
Pray for Pastor Dana and Jayson as they open our Advent series today. Ask God whom you ought to invite to your home or invite to church this Christmas season. Pray for maximum kingdom impact during this vital month of December for our church.