Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?
Psalm 79:1-13. Verse 11, what imprisoned person, group, or nation is on my heart today? How shall I pray for God to sustain and liberate them?
II Chronicles 24:1-27. Deprived of his spiritual mentor, a good king turns bad. Who do I know that responds more to outside influences than to character within? Have I ever done that?
I Thessalonians 5:1-11. Verses 5-8, how does mental sleepiness divert me from Jesus? How can faith, hope, and love serve as my armor against that today?
Luke 16:19-31. Do I take hell as seriously as Jesus did? Does my church? Why does verse 31 say a resurrection witness is useless to someone who ignores Moses and the prophets?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.