This week’s Bible reading plan is to read Luke chapters 11-17. In about five to ten minutes per day, you can read through the entire New Testament in one year. If you didn’t start on January 1st, start today and set a goal to read through Luke 11-17 this week. Stay consistent and make focused Bible reading a daily habit.
Read the selected verses each day.
Spend some time in prayer reflecting on how God spoke to you through the reading.
Read the study guide for the day to dig a little deeper into a few selected verses.
Respond to the questions and prayer guides as you apply the biblical teachings to your life.
By the end of this week we will have read through Matthew, Luke 1-17, John, Acts, Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Timothy, 1 Thessalonians, James, 1 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John.
Monday, August 29th – read Luke 11
Monday, August 29th – read Luke 11
Reread verse 28: “But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’” God desires blessings for us all, and tells us just how to obtain them; hear the Word of God and keep it. Pray and ask God to make your heart receptive to his word and fill you with the grace to walk in his ways. Meditate on Matthew 5:16. Ask God to use you to encourage another with his word.
Tuesday, August 30th – read Luke 12
Reread verse 2: “Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” Excusing ourselves from our hidden sins, rather than addressing them as the word of God teaches us will never benefit anyone. Sometimes we tend to compartmentalize our lives, giving only certain days and times to God, not allowing God’s presence into all the rest. Are there any hidden areas in part of your life? God is already there, and he knows all. Ask God to give you the grace to give all to him, and bring your whole life into the light of his love. Encourage another with this truth today. Meditate on 1 Peter 2:12.
Wednesday, August 31st – read Luke 13
Reread verse 35: “And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’” Living in a world where “seeing is believing” can be a subtle but constant tax on our faith. What are circumstances or difficulties you face that cause you to be anxious, worried or fearful of the outcome? Fear is the enemy of faith! Give your cares to God today and ask God to help your unbelief, so that you might take him fully at his word, and exercise an invincible faith for your situations and circumstances. Meditate on Mark 11:24. Nothing is impossible with God!
Thursday, Sept 1st – read Luke 14
Reread verse 26: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” The word “hate” in this passage, in the original Greek, actually means loving less. Now reread the scripture above inserting that meaning. Pray and ask God to examine your heart and reveal anything that you love or treasure more than him, and ask him to set your love priorities in the right order. Meditate on Luke 12:34.
Friday, Sept 2nd – Luke 15
Reread verse 24: “‘For this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.” Regardless of the life we’ve have lived and the mistakes we’ve made, God throws a party when we humbly turn and give our lives to him. Pray and ask God to reveal the depth and breadth, the height and width and weight of his great love for you. Meditate on Romans 5:8. Spread the love of God everywhere you go today!
Saturday, September 3rd – Luke 16
Reread verse 10: “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” Following God is not just a “spiritual” journey, but a whole life commitment. Do you follow him in every aspect of your life? Ask God to reveal any areas in your work life, relationships, habits, or behaviors that fall short of faithfulness. Specifically, give them to God and ask him to be made strong in your every weakness. Meditate on 2 Corinthians 12:9. Ask God live large in every aspect of your life!
Sunday, September 5th – Luke 17
Happy Sunday! Reread verse 5-6: “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ And the Lord said, ‘If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” If we could manage to wrap our minds around the power of faith in God, we’d find it is beyond any power ever known to humanity. The power of God is miraculous! How complete is your faith in God’s ability to work his miracles in your life, and the lives of those you pray for? Ask God to increase your faith today. Meditate on 1 John 5:14-15. Pray for The Water’s Edge; blessings on all the volunteers, staff, and lay leaders, peace and grace for those wrestling to get out the door to come to church today, and for God’s life-changing power as we are brought the message today. See you at worship!