Bible Tuesday 7/4: Pray for America

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 33:1-22. What can I do day by day, humanly and spiritually, to make America a more godly nation (verse 12)?

Numbers 2:1-34. Would there be any less exactness and rigor in God's marching orders for me and my fellow Christians today, than in this chapter? What's that mean in practice?

Acts 9:31-43. Did Peter heal simply by an endowment from Jesus, or also by having learned from Jesus?  If the latter, what exactly did he learn and how can I do likewise?

Mark 4:1-9. Which type of soil, or what combination of types, is my heart as a Christian?  How can I better till and tend my spiritual seedbed today?

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