I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 

1 Timothy 2: 1-4, NIV

1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,

    the world, and all who live in it;

2 for he founded it on the seas

    and established it on the waters.

3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?

    Who may stand in his holy place?

4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,

    who does not trust in an idol

    or swear by a false god.

5 They will receive blessing from the Lord

    and vindication from God their Savior.

6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,

    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

7 Lift up your heads, you gates;

    be lifted up, you ancient doors,

    that the King of glory may come in.

8 Who is this King of glory?

    The Lord strong and mighty,

    the Lord mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, you gates;

    lift them up, you ancient doors,

    that the King of glory may come in.

10 Who is he, this King of glory?

    The Lord Almighty—

    he is the King of glory.

Psalm 24, NIV

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Studying the Bible

The Bible is not a novel to read once and put on a shelf to collect dust. It contains God’s promises, instructions, warnings, encouragement, and so much more. The word of God is living and active so it applies to everyone and asks for attention and application. And the best news is that we don’t have to read it alone or try to understand it and apply it alone. God’s Holy Spirit is the best teacher! So pray as you read. Ask questions. Ask for clarity, examples, wisdom. Without the Holy Spirit, the Bible will remain a mystery.

  • What have I learned about God? Myself? God’s people?
  • What steps can I take to apply what I’ve learned?
  • How can I share what I’ve learned? How can I share this good news?


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