Use this devo as you are able, in whole or in part. Don’t feel compelled to read it all. Simply read and meditate upon whatever catches your attention. The goal is enjoying time with God through His Word and in prayer. Questions about the devotional elements?
Call to Prayer
“Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” (Ps. 115:1)
Prayer of Confession
Word of Life, wherever there is truth, it is yours. But it can be hard to find when I’m deluged with words, questionable claims, and spin. Forgive my careless words that don’t promote truth or trustworthiness and are unconcerned for your glory or my neighbor’s good. Make simplicity of speech and candor in conversations my testimony, honest echoes of your truth. Amen. (Prayer based on the Heidelberg Catechism, Question 101)
*Prayer borrowed from Philip Reinders’ Seeking God’s Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year
This reading plan will help you to develop the habit of being in God’s Word each morning and evening. Come to this time with expectation. Expect God to reveal himself to you. Expect that he delights in you being there, even when you’ve wandered away. Growing a spiritual habit is a slow, patient process. So be kind to yourself as you grow!
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Pray Psalm 7 | Read Romans 1
- Praying the Psalms: Read slowly. Take note of words and phrases. Bring them before the Lord in prayer and personalize the passage as you pray.
- NT Context:The letter to the Romans is a piece of exuberant and passionate thinking. This is the glorious life of the mind enlisted in the service of God. Paul takes the well-witnessed and devoutly believed fact of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth and thinks through its implications. How does it happen that in the death and resurrection of Jesus, world history took a new direction, and at the same moment the life of every man, woman, and child on the planet was eternally affected? What is God up to? What does it mean that Jesus “saves”? What’s behind all this, and where is it going?Meditate on the passage, noting a few words or a phrase that stood out. Take them to God in prayer.
Pray Psalm 8 | Read 2 Chronicles 7
- OT Context: “Sovereignty, God’s sovereignty, is one of the most difficult things for people of faith to live out in everyday routines…This story makes it clear that it was not God’s idea that the Hebrews have a king, but since they insisted, he let them have their way. But God never abdicated his sovereignty to any of the Hebrew kings; the idea was that they would represent his sovereignty, not that he would delegate his sovereignty to them. Reflect on the passage. Who was the original audience, and what was their situation? How is that relevant to you today?
Our Winter series in the Book of James begins this week. Each day we will dig into a different aspect of this New Testament wisdom book which will, by the end of the week, help to give you a fuller portrait of the kind of lives we are called to live as Christians. passage that will be preached on Sunday.
Re-Read: James 1:1-12
We’ve worked out way through James 1:1-12 throughout this week. It’s good to have a bit of a guided tour through the passage, but it’s also good for us to stretch our interpretive legs and take a stroll around the passage on our own, to see what catches your attention on a self-guided tour. So each Friday we will take a few minutes to re-read the passage again and to be attentive, looking for how God would have us respond to what we’ve seen.
As you read ask:
- What does this tell us about God?
- What does this tell us about people?
- What else can we learn from this passage?
- If I really believed that this was true, how would my life change as a result?
Evening Prayer of Examen
- Where did you move with or feel close to Jesus today?
- Where did you resist or feel far from Jesus today?
- Where is Jesus leading you tomorrow? Ask for joy as you follow him.
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Num. 6:24-26)