Why are you cast down?

 

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Devotional Diary 17 – 23 June 2019

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org   

23 June is the second Sunday after Pentecost

 1 Kings 19:1-18.  Elijah is on the run, sure he is alone and being hunted down, but God is in pursuit to put him back in service.

Psalm Response: Psalm 42  “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted with me?” The psalmist struggles with hope and trust, much as Elijah does in the first reading.

Galatians 3:23-29. Under the law, we were under a disciplinarian. Baptized into Christ, we can all live by faith.

Luke 8:26-39.  Jesus and the Gerasene man possessed by demons. Jesus casts out “Legion,” and the man is delivered, clothed and in his right mind. The locals are terrified.

This week: Our adoration focus reflects on Psalm 8.  In our shared prayer focus we pray for people we know who are involved in certain professions and work. 

Monday:

Adoration Focus: O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world!  (Psalm 8:1)

Confession: In our confessions this week we focus on freedom.  God has given us the gift of freedom.  Ask, “Why has he given us freedom?”  How have we taken hold of this gift?  How has it empowered us?  How have we abused it?  Each day reflect on what you are freed from and then, what you are freed for.   Today: Freed from death, freed for life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is in the police force.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication:  “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: O Lord, our Lord…Your praise reaches up to the heavens… (Psalm 8:1)

Confession: See Mondays focus.  Freed from hurts and wounds, freed for letting go.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is in the government.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: When I look at the sky, which you have made… what is man that you think of him?  (Psalm 8:3+4)

Confession: See Mondays focus.  Freed from guilt, freed for new creation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is involved in children’s work.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: When I look at the… moon and stars, which you set in their places – what is… mere man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:3+4)

Confession: See Mondays focus.  Freed from worthlessness, freed for being a child of God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is involved in adult education.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: What is man… Yet you made him inferior only to yourself… (Psalm 8:4+5)

Confession: See Mondays focus.  Freed from wandering, freed for finding your true home.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is in the healing profession.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: What is man… you crowned him with glory and honour. You appointed him ruler over everything you made…(Psalm 8:4,5+6)

Confession: See Mondays focus.  Freed from unforgiveness, freed for love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone you know who is involved in the farming industry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Sunday: 

Adoration Focus: O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world! (Psalm 8:9)

Confession: See Mondays focus.  Freed from selfishness, freed for worship and service.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Pray for someone you know who is in the ordained ministry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “One Step enough for me…  “  Lord I thank you that you do not go so far ahead that I have no hope of following. Lord, by your help I commit myself to today’s “Step”.

Trinity: our three in one God!

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Devotional Diary 10 – 16 May 2016

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org   

16 May is Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31Wisdom speaks and understanding raises her voice to remind all of her presence with God in and through all creation.

Psalm Response: Psalm 8.

Romans 5:1-5.   The character of our life in our Triune God: We are reconciled to God through Jesus and we boast in the sufferings of this age because they lead us to hope in God’s love poured out upon us by the Holy Spirit.

John 16:12-15.  Jesus speaks of the work of the Holy Spirit, declaring to the disciples all the truth that is his from the Father.

 Thought for the week: “Therefore, it is a good thing to let prayer be the first business of the morning and the last of the evening.  Guard yourself carefully against such false and deceitful thoughts that keep whispering: Wait awhile.  In an hour or so I will pray.  I must first finish this or that.  Thinking such thoughts, we get away from prayer into business that will hold us and involve us till the prayer of the day comes to naught.” (Martin Luther.)

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 12:7) O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us…

Confession: (This week we continue with the repeat of our 21 day cycle of confessions) Lord, I have used my tongue as a weapon of destruction.  I have spoken words that break down and do not build up.  I have despised my heart that has not been able to silence my tongue.  Forgive me and fill me with your words and your heart that seeks for the best for all.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for your families.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication:  God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 11:7) For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice…

Confession: Lord, I am part of a people. I am part of a community that fall far short of your Kingdom ideals.  Forgive us I pray and enable us to realise that your Kingdom is among us.  Fill us with your justice, righteousness and peace.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for the mission of the church.  Think of evangelism, church unity and community development. How is God prompting you to pray?

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 10:16) The Lord is king forever and ever…

Confession: Lord forgive me when I desire peace but am not prepared to sacrifice and serve in building peace.  Lord help me to follow where you have led and to give myself that others may live in fullness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for the needy, the suffering, the poor, and the oppressed.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 9:1) I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I make your grace a “cheap” commercial product.  Help me to journey below the surface froth and bubble.  Help me to go deeper.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for other churches. Think of your own denominations, of other denominations.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 8:1) O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is you name in all the earth!

Confession: Lord, I have neglected the gifts you have given me.  Some have atrophied.  Sometimes a lack of confidence has paralysed me, sometimes I have been caught up in struggle, and sometimes I have been lazy.  Lord I pray that I may thank you for your gifts that you have given and that I may use them for your glory.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for your country and its people.  Think of Christian citizenship, of justice, peace and reconciliation.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 7:10) My shield is God most high…

Confession: Lord, forgive me for my sins of neglect.   Those things that I have not done where You have prompted me into action.  When you speak help me to act.  Help me to develop a habit of listening and responding.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for those who face death.  Think of those who have died, for the bereaved and the sorrowful.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Sunday: 

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 6:9) The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

Confession: Forgive me Lord, when I have been difficult to live with.  Forgive me when I have not carried my share of the load.  Forgive me when I have accepted unjust roles just because they have prospered my own comfort and interests.  Help me to make space for and to care for others.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Today we pray for your worship services. Think of those seeking faith.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Pentecost

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 3 -9 June 2019

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org   

Preparing for Pentecost:  10 June is Pentecost Sunday

 Acts 2:1-21The Holy Spirit empowers disciples to make a bold public witness for Jesus at the feast of Pentecost. Pilgrims from every nation where Judaism had spread hear the proclamation of the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus in their own language.

Psalm Response: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b.  Praise to God for the vast variety of all creatures, a parallel of praise for people of all nations who are re-gathered in Christ at Pentecost.

Romans 8:14-17. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are free, adopted as God’s own children, and heirs of God’s promises as we suffer with Christ as his body.

John 14:8-17, 25-27.  Through the coming of the Holy Spirit, disciples of Jesus will continue the works of Jesus and even greater works than these.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 24:1) The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it…

Confession: (This week we continue with the repeat of our 21 day cycle of confessions) Lord forgive me when I rely only on my own strength and I ignore your call to share in the richness of your infinite resources.  Help me to “plug-in” and to live out of your power.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we lift up the work of the Bible Society.   Today we pray that all who read the scriptures may have a life-giving encounter with the risen Christ.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication:  Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I fill my life with hurry and never touch base with your order and love.  Help me to listen to your breathing and to be filled with your breath.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Much of the world’s population cannot read.  Pray for the audio materials produced by the Bible society aimed at reaching these people, pray that this ministry may bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God. Pray that God’s Word may reach all who are hungry for life and hope.

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 22:28) …for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I live only for what I can get.  Lord, I find it so hard not to get swallowed by the spirit of materialism, and sometimes I don’t even recognise that I am guided by its ethics.  Set me free that I may be guided by your values.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  We continue to pray for the work of the Bible Society.  Pray for those countries in which the work of Bible distribution is made difficult and even opposed.  Pray for the Bible workers who are often intimidated.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 19:1) The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Confession: Lord, I do not have a firm faith, at times I doubt and am unable to trust you. O Lord strengthen my faith I pray that I may find my peace in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Pray for the required financial support that makes Bible distribution possible.  Pray that Christians may have generous hearts to help sow the Word of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 18:46) The Lord lives!  Praise be to my Rock!  Exalted be God my Savior!

Confession: Lord, I am so reluctant to actively witness to your glory.  Lord forgive me and show me how to witness in loving and creative ways.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for the Bible Societies work among children and young people.  Pray for their publications that are aimed at young people.  Remember that many Christians make their commitment to Christ during this phase of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 16:11) You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Confession: Lord I am so self-focused I find it difficult to praise others and even to really lose myself in my praise of you.  Forgive me Lord and give my heart wings to rise up in praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The Bible Society publishes special selections of scripture focussing on issues such the abuse of alcohol and the issue of suicide.  Pray that the scriptures will speak powerfully into these issues.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)

Sunday: 

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 13:6) I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

Confession: Lord you have said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God.”  I have sought first my own kingdom.  Forgive me and help me to have Godly priorities.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that we may have a deep appreciation for the Word of God as it comes to us through the scriptures.  Pray that we may be open, receptive and responsive.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Now I love You alone.  You alone do I follow.  You alone do I seek.  You alone am I ready to serve.  For You alone rule justly. Under Your influence I long to be.  (Saint Augustine)