SCRIPTURE UNION DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE FOR JANUARY 30, 2023 (JESUS AND THE AUTHORITY OVER INCURABLE DISEASES)
TOPIC: JESUS AND THE AUTHORITY OVER INCURABLE DISEASES
OPENING PRAYER: As I read your word O Lord, grant me an insight and grace to do your will in Jesus name.
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY: Mark 5:21-34
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
• Q 1: What does the passage teach about God the Father, or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
• Q 2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Q 6: Is there any prayer for me to remember?
We observe two kinds of prayers from today’s passage. Read the prayer, the posture, and the presentation of the leader of the Synagogue, Jairus, in vs.22,23. Compare with the silent, contemplative prayer of the woman with issue of blood (vs.27-29). Both came with believing hearts in the power of Jesus to heal seemingly incurable diseases. However, observe v.33.
According to Jewish law, the woman in her condition is ceremonially unclean. Everyone she touches or who touches her becomes unclean until they go through a cleansing ritual (see Leviticus 15:19-27). She should stay away from other people so she does not contaminate them. That will account for the way she approached Jesus in v.27 but notice her reason for her desperate action and the result (vs.28-29). What does Jesus’ reaction in v.30 reveal about him? Jesus sees us and knows what we are passing through. He also cares about everyone, high or low. Jairus was, unlike this woman, a VIP but Jesus put his journey to Jairus’ house on hold to take care of the woman.
And so? Why do you think Jesus demanded that this woman should make herself known (vs.30-32)? Share the testimony of God’s intervention in your life with a peer or neighbour today.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Thank you, Lord Jesus, because you care for all whatever their position in life.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalms 62:5 ‐ 7
ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Exodus 3,4, Psalms 26.
NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – Mon, 30-Jan-2023
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
– 1 Corinthians 15:57
THANK GOD FOR:
► Bringing us to the end of January alife.
► Helping us to hold forth His word in all we did this month.
► Increased boldness to continue to speak, live for the Lord and evangelize in the coming month.
► Strength of purpose and of the Spirit so that we can face the challenges of the coming month.
► Grace to continue knowing that our God is a faithful God who will not abandon us in the coming month.
► Increased spirit of fear that makes people’s heart faint due to the happenings in the world.
► Failing to continue in the fight, refusing to keep the faith and finish all God’s given assignments.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 30 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.