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The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013

July 21
Lesson 8
FASTING AND PRAYING

DEVOTIONAL READING: 2 Chronicles 7:12–18
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Ezra 7:1–8:23

KEY VERSE
So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.—Ezra 8:23

LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      Preparing for a Journey
      B.      Lesson Background
  I.      Mission Overview (EZRA 7:6–10)
      A.      Ezra’s Qualifications (v. 6a)
      B.      Ezra’s Request (v. 6b)
      C.      Ezra’s Traveling Companions (v. 7a)
      D.      Ezra’s Trip (vv. 7b–9)
      E.      Ezra’s Dedication (v. 10)
      Know, Do, Teach
II.      Mission Preparation (EZRA 8:21–23)
      A.      Gathering and Fasting (v. 21)
      Seeking His Guidance
      B.      King and God (v. 22)
      C.      Prayer and Answer (v. 23)
Conclusion
      A.      Preparing for Your Ministries
      B.      Prayer
      C.      Thought to Remember

Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood, eds., The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, vol. 60 (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 2…

The NIV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, vol. 19

July 21
Lesson 8
FASTING AND PRAYING

DEVOTIONAL READING: 2 Chronicles 7:12–18
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Ezra 7:1–8:23

KEY VERSE
So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.—Ezra 8:23

LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      Preparing for a Journey
      B.      Lesson Background
          I.      Mission Overview (EZRA 7:6–10)
      A.      Ezra’s Qualifications (v. 6a)
      B.      Ezra’s Request (v. 6b)
      C.      Ezra’s Traveling Companions (v. 7a)
      D.      Ezra’s Trip (vv. 7b–9)
      E.      Ezra’s Dedication (v. 10)
      Know, Do, Teach
    II.      Mission Preparation (EZRA 8:21–23)
      A.      Gathering and Fasting (v. 21)
      Seeking His Guidance
      B.      King and God (v. 22)
      C.      Prayer and Answer (v. 23)
Conclusion
      A.      Preparing for Your Ministries
      B.      Prayer
      C.      Thought to Remember

Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood, eds., The NIV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2012–2013, vol. 19 (Cincinnati, …

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013 | PENTECOST
PROPER 11
YEAR C
On the same date: Ezekiel

 Old Testament Genesis 18:1–10a (10b–14)
 Psalm       (Psalm 27:1–6) 7–14
 Epistle Colossians 1:21–29
 Gospel Luke 10:38–42


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 11
YEAR C

     Old Testament   Amos 8:1–12
             Psalm       Psalm 52 or Psalm 82 (UMH 804)
   New Testament   Colossians 1:15–28
 Gospel Luke 10:38–42


Vanderbilt Divinity Library, United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Christian Worship One Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013 | PENTECOST
NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

   Old Testament Jeremiah 23:16–24
       Psalm  Psalm 1
New Testament    Romans 8:12–17
Gospel Matthew 7:15–23


Christian Worship One Year Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 11
YEAR C


  Old Testament & Psalm, Option I
Old Testament Amos 8:1–12
 Psalm Psalm 52
  or
Old Testament & Psalm, Option II
 Old Testament Genesis 18:1–10a
     Psalm Psalm 15

 New Testament  Colossians 1:15–28
   Gospel       Luke 10:38–42


Revised Common Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

July 21: Truth and Honesty Can Be Painful
2 Samuel 7:1–8:18; 1 Peter 4:12–19

A commitment to honesty and truth often puts us in unexpected spiritual situations—something David experiences in 2 Sam 7. David thinks he will build God a great house—a temple—but instead God plans to build a house for him—a legacy. Because David seeks God, God does great things through him. Yet, as David discovers, being part of God’s work and living in His will isn’t without difficulty or pain.
Consciously or subconsciously, we often cling to the notion that “If I do good works for God, He will owe me.” Isn’t that the assumption behind the statement, “I am loyal to God, but He has afflicted me with pain”? We frame our pain in light of God’s role. Instead, we should view it in relation to the sin of our world. We sin, just as people did in the past, so why should we not expect pain?
Like David, Peter and his fellow missionaries experience a great deal of pain in doing God’s work. Peter encourages them by w…

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 11
YEAR C

 Psalm Psalm 15
             First Reading       Genesis 18:1–10a (10b–14)
             Second Reading       Colossians 1:21–29
Gospel Luke 10:38–42


The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010).

Catholic Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013 | ORDINARY TIME
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
YEAR C

              First Reading       Genesis 18:1–10a
              Response       Psalm 15:1b
      Psalm  Psalm 15:2–5
              Second Reading       Colossians 1:24–28
  Gospel Acclamation       Luke 8:15
  Gospel Luke 10:38–42


Catholic Lectionary, vols. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).