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?
Psalms 149:1-9. Verse 8, what political leaders of today would I ask God to restrain, redirect, or bring down? Am I justified in praying for such? Do I believe he can do it?
Deuteronomy 17:1-20. Verse 14, related question. Does any nation in the world have such a godly ruler as this describes, whether elected or a monarch? If not, what use is this Scripture? Is God's political intent unattainable?
Hebrews 7:11-28. Verse 25, how can I more fully avail myself of Jesus' desire to intercede for me with the Father? Why is that valuable? What shall I ask from the two of them today?
John 2:13-25. Verse 17, am I zealous enough for my church as a local congregation and for "the church" as the Body of Christ on earth? What form would more zeal take? Action point?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.