Bible Saturday 6/3: Sanctify a Fast

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 108:1-13. If God could sovereignly command the ancient nations (verses 7-10), what assurance can he give me today about ISIS, Iran, Russia, North Korea, or Pittsburgh vs. Paris?

Joel 1:1-20. How could I and my church benefit from sanctifying a fast and calling a solemn assembly (verse 14, KJV)? What urgent need can we bring to God in that way right now?

Acts 1:15-26. If the qualifications for a disciple of the first rank are to faithfully companion with Jesus and bear witness to his resurrection (verses 21, 22), how can I better meet these today?

John 14:12-21. On what point do I most long for comfort right now (verses 16-18, KJV)? What specific form would I pray the Holy Spirit for that comfort to take?

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