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A Gift For The King

Read John 13:1-17 Every year I wrestle with what to give my Father for Christmas. He seems to have everything! And so I mentally search for ideas weeks in advance. Around Thanksgiving I usually give up and just ask him …

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Adjusting Your Focus

Read Psalm 18:1-19

I.  CENTER ON HIS PERSON                                                                                       Psalm 18:1-3

  • On whom is the Psalmist focused as he begins his prayer?  18:1
  • What phrase indicates the Psalmist’s relationship with God was more than just a religion?  18:1; Matthew 22:37-38
  • List ten different characteristics the Psalmist attributes to God in 18:1-3.
  • Match each characteristic with one of the following verses: 1 Corinthians 1:25;  Ephesians 1:19-21; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4; 1 Peter 2:4-6; Psalm 59:16-17; 91:1-2; Psalm 40:17; 144:2; Deuteronomy 33:27; 2 Samuel 22:31; Genesis 15:1; Deuteronomy 33: 29; Psalm 62:1; 118:21; Matthew 1:20-21; 2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 27:1; John 20:24-29; Romans 10:9; Psalm 145:3; Revelation 4:11; Psalm 110:1; 1 Corinthians 15:25
  • Which attribute and/or verse is most meaningful to you?  Why?
  • On what or whom are you focused when you pray?  Would you center down on who God is as you begin your prayer?

II.  CRY OUT FOR HIS PITY                                                                                        Psalm 18:4-6

  • In what desperate situation did the Psalmist find himself?  18:4-5
  • What could be a more desperate situation then facing certain death?
  • What desperate situation are you facing?
  • What did the Psalmist do that you and I need to do also?  2 Chronicles 32:20; Psalm 22:4-5; 107:4-6
  • How did God respond? Psalm 72:12-14
  • Describe the desperate situations in the following passages, and the outcomes: Deuteronomy 26:5-8; 1 Kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 6:8-23; Jeremiah 29:10-14; Matthew 14:22-33.
  • In your own words, describe a time when in desperation you cried out to God, and He answered.
  • What is your heart’s cry now?  Would you voice it in prayer to God?

III.  CONFIDENT OF HIS POWER                                                                                 Psalm 18:7-19

  • Give phrases from 18:7-15 that poetically describe the power of Heaven’s movement in response to the Psalmist’s cry.
  • What phrase in Habakkuk’s cry in Habakkuk 3:2 also expressed confidence in God’s power?
  • How was Heaven moved for both the Psalmist and Habakkuk?  Psalm 18:16-19; Habakkuk 3:3-10
  • How does confident knowledge of God’s power give encouragement and strength to His people?  Isaiah 40:21-31

Would you adjust your focus when you pray by centering down on God’s person?  Then cry out for His pity, confident of His power.  Try it now…

This Bible study was prepared especially for the Spring 2016 Newsletter.

 Download the PDF of this Bible study here to print or email.

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An Open Letter to the Weary

Sometimes when I am very weary, I succumb to the tyranny of the urgent. I do what I have to do, or what’s expected of me, or what I’ve committed to, but I have no mental, emotional or physical energy …

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Are You Ready?

Jesus is coming! How do you react to that statement of truth? Some people wring their hands in fear. Or roll their eyes in skepticism. Or yawn with disinterest. Or jump up and down with excitement. How should we react …

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Centering Down in Jesus

Read Psalm 23:1-2 I. FOR REST Who is the Shepherd in Psalm 23:1? See John 10:11, 14. What do you think the green pastures represent in v.2? Compare John 21:17 with John 6:35, 63. What is implied by “lying down” …

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