Bible Readings: Feb 1-7 2021

LOVE GOD’S WORD & PRAYER

Daily Bible Reading

At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer. We strongly believe that every growing disciple of Jesus needs to be regularly hearing from God through His word and personally speaking back to God through prayer. If regular Bible reading is not yet a habit of yours, this is a great way to get started!

We are encouraging everyone to begin 2021 with spending time in the Psalms. We will provide devotional thoughts and helpful prayer points on the passages. The weekend material will prepare you for the upcoming Sunday sermon as well as provide some discussion help for Faith Groups.

We encourage you to set aside at least 15-20 minutes a day for reading and prayer. If you fall behind, just start on the current day. Try to develop the habit of reading at the same time and place. Have a journal and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. For additional Bible reading plans check out our website at www.faithsf.com/daily-bible-readings. Enjoy your time in God’s Word and Prayer!

DBR 2020 Feb 1-7

Monday, February 1

Read Psalm 27

THINK: Fear is a reality at all times, but it’s been heightened of late by events in our country and world. According to the Psalmist, what should free us from fear? What would it mean for you to “dwell in the house of the Lord” and to behold his beauty and “inquire in his temple” today? According to the Psalmist, walking with God gives shelter, protection, victory, and joy. Are you seeking the face of the Lord? Are you walking on his path? Are you trusting and waiting for him to act on your behalf? Take courage and wait for the Lord!

 

PRAY: What do you fear today? Tell your Heavenly Father! Don’t be afraid to be honest with God about what’s bothering your heart. Express to the Lord that you are in his word today because you want to walk with him, see the beauty of his grace and character, and grow in abiding in him. Read Proverbs 3:5-6 and pray its truth to the Lord, trusting him to lead and guide you on the path of life.

It’s a new month! Look over your calendar or planner and begin to pray about anything of concern or worry. Ask God for courage to trust him and wait for his hand. Thank him for protection and help.

 

Tuesday, February 2

Read Psalm 28

THINK: The Psalm opens with David calling upon the Lord in prayer. It concludes with him blessing the Lord, worshipping him with great joy, delighting not only in present deliverance but also “forever” help through the Anointed one to come. In his opening cry for help, he pleads that the Lord not be silent. He lifts up his hands in supplication and asks for mercy and help. How does he describe the wicked? What is their posture toward the Lord and his ways? In his joy when God hears and answers, what delights him greatly? In the conclusion, what hint reminds us that the “Anointed” is not just David himself but also a future king?

 

PRAY: Sometimes we may feel that God is silent. This psalm reminds us to keep praying in those times, knowing that God is still near and his deliverance is only a matter of timing and the perfection of God’s plan. Lift up your hands to him right now and ask for his help in any matter of concern to you. Pray as well for our church, our community, and our nation, and our world. Call upon your ROCK for his help! And then rejoice! Pray a prayer of praise, for he in our strength and shield. He will deliver in his time! Exult in praise! Thank him for sending Jesus, his Son, as our great Deliverer.

 

Wednesday, February 3

Read Psalm 29

THINK: “With my song I give thanks to him” David said in the previous psalm (28:7). Some scholars believe this is the song to which he referred. To ascribe to the Lord is to give the credit to God that he alone deserves: glory, splendor, no one is like our God. To ascribe is to worship! What God has created “ascribes” to him glory (vv. 3-9). We join with all creation is crying, “Glory!” Glory to God for he alone is worthy. He reigns, enthroned as King forever (vv. 10-11).

 

PRAY: What a song! Is it your song? Do you also ascribe to the Lord the glory due his great name? Do you cry “Glory!” with all the stars in the sky, the mountain peaks and the crashing ocean waves? Pray a prayer of praise right now. Better yet, sing one! With your song, spoken or sung, give your thanks to our Heavenly Father and exalt him for his glory, majesty, and splendor. Tell him how much you love him. Express to him thanks for such a wonderful salvation. Pray also for his glory to be declared to all the nations in Jesus!

 

Thursday, February 4

Read Psalm 30

THINK: “Extol” is another worship word, like exalt or laud. David had stared death in the face, asked for God’s help, and found healing and restoration. The occasion called for singing! Like David, we must sing of God’s great name, his help in hard times, his joy after a night of weeping. Like David, we at times feel God’s hand of correction as well as the need for mercy due to sin. Note the vivid imagery used in the final burst of worshipful praise (vv. 11-12). Are you a worshipper? Does your heart cry for help and sing in praise?

 

PRAY: This is another of the psalms we can truly make our own by praying them to the Lord. Walk through Psalm 30, line by line, thought be thought, making this poem your own heartfelt prayer. You can keep the tenses past (thanking God for what he’s done) or turn them into presents (how you need his help today). What mercy do you need for present sin? What help do you need in current circumstances? Call upon your Heavenly Father. Then turn your supplications into worship and praise, mourning into dancing.

 

Friday, February 5

Read Psalm 31

THINK: David needs a refuge, rescue, and deliverance. What are the reasons for his need? Foes oppose him. Enemies have set a net for him. They are idolators, not worshippers. Sin has beset him. He has brought about his own trouble and is even sick to the point of death as a result – “my bones waste away” (vv. 9-10). For David, things have reached a bitter, low point (vv.11-13). Nevertheless, he turns to God in faith again, asking for God to bring relief. He clings to God as his rock (vv. 14ff.). He knows the goodness of God. Once again, he trusts in the Deliverer to sustain and restore him–from weakness to strength, from emptiness to courage. Love the Lord!

Note: Jesus uses the words of v. 5 from the cross (Luke 23:46).

 

PRAY: Psalm 31 is truly a prayer for real life, for distress. Our own sin as well as ungodly foes make real life hard. It can even affect our health and vitality. But prayer is the right response! So, like David, bring your “real life struggles” to the throne of grace. Ask God for help. Borrow the language of David’s poem to give you words to express the reality of today, whether confession of sin, honesty about opposition, sickness, or thanksgiving for deliverance.

 

Weekend, February 6-7

Read John 18:1-11

If you’ve fallen behind this week, consider using these extra days to catch up. You can also prepare your heart and mind for this Sunday’s worship service. Read the planned sermon text above and the thoughts below in advance of Sunday morning’s message. If you are in a Faith Group, consider discussing the questions below together.

 

THINK: The first verse says, “When he had said these things…” What “things” is John speaking of? (Look back at John 17 and review.) Ponder these three phrases/sentences, and jot a thought or two about each of them:

 

  “Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him…” (v. 4)

 

 

 

  “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.”

 

 

 

  “Shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

 

 

 

PRAY: Ask God to bless the preaching of his word as we move now onto the “Road to the Resurrection” from John’s marvelous gospel. Pray for Pastor Dana and Pastor Jayson. Pray not only for this Sunday but also that the entire series of messages from John 18-21 would enable us to see the cross, resurrection, and Jesus himself more clearly. We would see Jesus! Pray that this encounter with Jesus would be truly life-changing for all of us.

 

FAITH GROUP: Have a discussion of the three phrases/ sentences from the THINK section above. What are the practical implications of each? What does this passage teach us about Jesus Christ? What does this passage teach us about God the Father? Talk about Peter’s reaction: does it make you love him more or make you angry with him?