SU DAILY GUIDE DEVOTIONAL READING
Scripture Union Daily Guide 11th March 2023, SU Daily Guide Devotional Reading for Saturday. Read SU Daily Guide Message
TOPIC: Fruitless and Money-Minded
OPENING PRAYER: May my heart, O Lord, be receptive to your word as I meditate on it.
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY: Mark 11: 12- 26
Scripture Union Daily Guide 11th March 2023 MESSAGE
Yesterday we reflected on a colt that the Lord needed. Today we see that the Lord had another need. He was hungry and saw in the distance, a fig tree with full leaves. Did the fig tree satisfy the need of the Lord Jesus? If so, how? And if not, why not? On their return journey, the disciples were surprised that the fruitless fig tree that Jesus cursed had withered. Let us reflect on what this means for us as follower of Jesus who are expected to bear fruit in our lives.
The Lord also had some expectations for what should be going on in the temple. Notice what He found there and His response (see vs.15-16). The Lord expects His house, our place of worship, to be a house of prayer for all nations (v.17). In what ways is money affecting places of worship today and reducing God’s house from being a house of prayer? How is the gospel being distorted in your context for material gains and injustice towards vulnerable people? Some people felt strongly about the words of Jesus that they started looking for ways to kill Him. Money matters are also serious matters in some churches, leading to broken relationships and much worse in some contexts.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
HYMN: HAIL, GOD THE SON, IN GLORY CROWNED
1. Hail, God the Son, in glory crowned,
Ere time began to be;
Throned with Thy Sire, through half the round
Of vast eternity!
2. Let Heaven, and earth’s stupendous frame
Display their author’s power;
And each exalted seraph-flame
Creator, Thee adore.
3. Thy wondrous love the Godhead showed
Contracted to a span—
The co-eternal Son of God,
The mortal Son of man.
4. To save us from our lost estate,
Behold His life-blood stream:
Hail Lord, almighty to create,
Almighty to redeem!
5. The Mediator’s God-like sway
His Church below sustains;
Till nature shall her judge survey,
The King Messiah reigns.
6. Hail, with essential glory crowned,
When time shall cease to be;
Throned with Thy Father, through the round
Of whole eternity!
Lord, please help us not to be like the fruitless fig tree or the money merchants in your house of prayer.
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
► Pray for the christiandom, for disciplined Christian living.
► Pray for Christians fellowships that the presence of God will be in our worship centers.
► Believe God for Ministers and their Ministries, that their emphasis will be Christ and Him crucified.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalms 84:11
ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Numbers 11, 12, Acts 3.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – Sat, 11-Mar-2023
And God blessed them, saying Be fruitful, multiply…
THANK GOD FOR:
► SU Vision of working with Churches.
► The Spirit of God that fills and empowers us to work among children, youth and families.
► SU members to depend on God as they make themselves available in their various denominations.
► Grace to be involved in the Sunday school, prayer team, youth work, men or women wing knowing that one day we will give account of our labour.
► God to help us bear fruit and shine where He has planted us for the time being.
► Getting weary of doing good in our various churches.
► Joining the group of those who complain instead of praying and believing God for revival of the church.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 11th March 2023. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.