Daily Devotional

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Tuesday (5/26/20)

Read James 5:16-18

Amy Houghtaling preached a bit ago about how we were all actually priests once we are saved and sealed with the Holy Spirit. And a large duty of the priests was to pray for the flock.

  • Do you see yourself as someone who is righteous, who can be effective in praying for others? Why or why not?

Read 1 Peter 2:5, 9

5 You also are like living stones. As you come to Christ, you are being built into a house for worship. There you will be holy priests. You will offer spiritual sacrifices. God will accept them because of what Jesus Christ has done… 9 But God chose you to be his people. You are royal priests. You are a holy nation. You are God’s special treasure. You are all these things so that you can give him praise. God brought you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Who is God asking you to pray for today? Get a piece of paper and list them out.

Spend time praying for them.

Monday (5/25/20)

Read James 5:13-16

In every situation, pray.

All throughout the New Testament we are commanded to be in prayer: Romans 12:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 4:6, Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:2, John 15:7, Luke 18: 1-8, & Matthew 7:7.

The list could go one and on!

Trouble?
Happy?
Sick?
Sin?

Spend some time praying this morning about whatever or whoever the Spirit brings to mind.

Sunday (5/24/20)

Yes! Another Sunday to slow down, sit in the Lord’s presence, catch up in James if you are behind. Take time to relax and enjoy the morning.

Saturday (5/23/20)

Read Job 1,2 & 42

  • James says that the prophets who were patient were considered blessed. How do you see this at work in Job’s life?
  • What encourages or challenges you through Job’s story?

I cannot imagine living through Job’s story. If you read the whole book, he is surrounded by friends who speak poorly of him, his faith, and his actions. He doesn’t understand God or what is happening and has a lot of feelings in the midst (as I would). Perhaps in your life right now, there is a situation that you don’t understand and has brought genuine suffering.

  • How can you be patient right now? How does this work out in practical ways in  your life?

Friday (5/22/20)

Read James 5:10-12

  • When have you seen an example of someone living patiently in the face of suffering in their lives?
  • How have you felt the mercy and compassion of the Lord recently in your own life?
  • What does verse 12 have to do with anything?
  • Are you someone who honors your word?

Thursday (5/21/20)

Read James 5:7-9, Matthew 5:23-24, & Matthew 18:15-16

  • What are we being patient for or about?
  • What does this grumbling against each other look like in your mind?
  • What are the principles that you learn from Matthew 5 about relationships and conflict?
  • Same with Matthew 18. What is taught here about relationships and conflict?

It’s clear that peace in relationships is highly valued by the Lord. And I don’t think this means a fake peace saying “all is well” where it is not. I think it means doing the hard work, over and over if necessary, of bringing peace through the work of the Holy Spirit. But you can only do what you can do.

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you if there are things that you need to do in any specific relationships. Or perhaps ask Him to give you peace and comfort if you have done your part and peace is not available to you with someone. Pray for that person.

Wednesday (5/20/20)

Yeah! James Chapter 5!

Read James 5: 1-6

  • Who are the rich people that are being judged here in these verses?
  • What have they done?
  • How does the anger of the Lord show how He feels about the “workers?”
  • Are there situations around you that you see this injustice at play?

Spend some time asking the Holy Spirit to show you areas of luxury in your life that He may want you to change.