Bible Friday 3/10: Clean Heart

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 51:1-19. What intensity and focus would this Lenten season gain for me if I prayed aloud verses 10-12 (perhaps from memory) each day from now to Easter?

Proverbs 18:1-29. For what difficult lessons am I grateful to my father and mother (verse 18)? To what difficult trials did I subject them (verses 13, 26)? Where was God in all of this?

Romans 15:14-21. What opportunity have I, as Paul did, to witness for Jesus where such witness is thus far scarce or unheard (verses 20-21)?

Matthew 16:1-4. Apropos the previous question, what tough assignment might God have for me as he had for Jonah?  What are some specific signs of the times I should discern and act on?

To go deeper, see Interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.