TOPIC: He Came Not To Call The Righteous But Sinners To repentance
OPENING PRAYER: Lord, let the light of your word shine into my life as I meditate on your word.
SCRIPTURE: Mark 2:13-22
QUESTION FOR REFLECTION
• Q 8: Is there any other Biblical passage that can help me understand this passage better?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 5th January 2023 OUTLINE
Some people are good at running marathons; and some are good at hurdles. On the other hand, some cannot run fifty meters even without hurdles. The scribes are like the good hurdlers looking down on those who fall at the first hurdles. Yet those are the ones who know their weakness and are willing to accept the help which comes from Jesus (vs.6-7). The scribes, on the other hand, are no better, because life is an unending series of marathons in which Satan places hurdles of temptations and troubles all along the way!
We are now living in the days mentioned in v.20; and so we should make fasting part of our spiritual discipline from time to time. When we fast along with our praying, every pang of hunger helps to refocus our mind on our purpose and turn our hearts to God again and again. We need to be careful, however, to carry out our fasting in a manner acceptable to God. For this reason, we should take care to study what the Bible says about prayer and fasting.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Use a concordance to check out fasting which is acceptable, and which is not acceptable to God (e.g., Nehemiah 1:4, Esther 4:16, Daniel 10:2, Isaiah 58:3-5 & 6-7, Mathew 6:16-18, Luke 18:9-14, Acts 13:2-3).
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Thank you for receiving me, Lord Jesus. Help me to invite other sinners to come to you.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Proverbs 3:5 ‐ 6
ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Genesis 7,8, Psalms 7.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – Thursday, 05-Jan-2023
THE NATION NIGERIA
(NATIONAL PRAYER AND FASTING CONTINUES)
I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world, is anything too hard for me? – Jeremiah 32:27
THANK GOD FOR:
► Being the owner of the whole world, who has kept Nigeria as a nation despite all odds.
► His mercy upon us as Nigerians. He has not dealt with us in accordance with our follies.
► God’s perfect will as we believe Him to give us leaders after His own heart.
► Forgiveness and healing for our Land, that truth will again become a virtue in Nigeria.
► The forth coming election, that only those approved by God will be elected.
► Only leaders who will spear head godliness and help Nigerians to seek the Lord will win.
► All forms of deception, vote buying during the election
► Divisions among Christian on who to vote this year.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 5th January 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.