It is the Sunday before Christmas…

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Devotional Diary 16 – 22 December 2019

22 December is the fourth Sunday of Advent.

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

Isaiah 7:10-16.‘Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19. A psalm calling on the shepherd to come and restore us.

Romans 1:1-7. Christ Jesus is the promised one.

Matthew 1:18-25. Joseph comes to accept that his fiancé is pregnant and that this is God’s plan and purpose.

 Preparing to bow before our Lord: the infant in the manger.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “He is the Lord and He reigns on high.”  (In our adoration focus this week we focus on words that we sing.)

Confession: This Christ Child is our Lord.  “He is Lord, He is Lord.  He has risen from the dead and He is Lord. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”  This week allow God’s Spirit to examine your heart and show you where there is a stubbornness that stops your knee from bowing and your tongue from confessing.  Pray that in your life Jesus may be proclaimed as Lord and King.  Bow before your Lord in a manger.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray for all those who know nothing of God’s love for them.  Pray that this Christmas that love may penetrate their hearts.

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: Today I bow my knee and declare in my words and actions that You are the Lord.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “To God be the glory great things he has done!”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for a world that needs to share God’s love with each other.   Pray that as we realise that all people are loved by God that we may in turn love each other.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Today I bow my knee and declare in my words and actions that You are the Lord.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that God’s saving power may be known in our lives.   The biblical term “to save” carries with it the sense of being made whole.  Pray that you may know this wholeness in your life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I bow my knee and declare in my words and actions that You are the Lord.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “He is the King of kings, he is the Lord of lords.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for our world as we embrace the coming of the Prince of Peace.  Being aware of your world, pray God’s peace into any situation you are led to.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I bow my knee and declare in my words and actions that You are the Lord.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “He has risen from the dead and He is Lord.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that on this day we may all know that Jesus in with us.  Pray this particularly for those who are in grief and alone at this time.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I bow my knee and declare in my words and actions that You are the Lord.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Jesus is the Lord, my Master and my Saviour.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for those whom the church sometimes chooses to “forget”.  Pray for the shut-ins, the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the powerless, the lost.  Thank God that he never forgets.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I bow my knee and declare in my words and actions that You are the Lord.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Lift Jesus higher, lift Jesus higher, life him up for the world to see: He said, “If I am lifted up, I will draw all people unto me.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that this day of rest may be one in which we are empowered by the God who has come to us.   In what way would you pray for this empowering in your life?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today I bow my knee and declare in my words and actions that You are the Lord.

Are you the one?

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Devotional Diary 9 -15 December 2019

15 December is the third Sunday of Advent.

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

Our advent theme: Expecting love! 

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Isaiah 35:1-10.   A song of hope to exiles in Babylon…. “Waters shall break forth in the wilderness, streams in the Syrian Desert… a highway shall be there.”

Luke 1:47-55.   Canticle of Mary (the Magnificat).

James 5:7-10. “Be patient . . . until the coming of the Lord.” Consider singing “Wait for the Lord”

Matthew 11:2-11.  John the Baptist in prison sends a question to Jesus: “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his love in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Confession: Mark 12:28-31: “Of all the commands which is the most important? ‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.’  This week examine your life using these two commandments of Christ.  It may be a good idea to write down some of the insights God brings to your life as you do this.  Pray that you may be set free to love!

Today’s suggested focus: Being guided by God’s love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of someone you need to forgive.

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: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “Love is a vulnerable infant reaching out with a tiny hand.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s suggested focus: loving in spite of.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of someone you met recently.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “Love was when God became a man…” (A Christian song)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s suggested focus: being filled with God’s love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of injustice

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus:  “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” (Mark 10:21)  This is how Jesus looks at you today.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s suggested focus: love that makes us reach out.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of Shalom (peace) and the nations of this world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “O Love that wilt not let me go, I scares can take it in.” (A hymn of worship)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s suggested focus: Allowing God’s love to overwhelm us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of hunger, poverty, no way forward.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus:  “God’s love never stops searching.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: being motivated by love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of disruption, grief, difficult change.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “God’s love stoops down to pick up the pieces.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: expressing love in worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of worship: how can we better effect God’s love?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Prepare the way of the Lord!

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Devotional Diary 2 – 8 December 2019

8 December is the second Sunday of Advent.

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

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Isaiah 11:1-10.  Isaiah prophesies the coming of a righteous ruler out of the stump of Jesse.

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19. A psalm in praise and intercession for a righteous king, such as the one foretold in Isaiah.

Romans 15:4-13  A call for Jewish believers in Rome to welcome Gentiles into full fellowship, even as Christ, “the root of Jesse,” has welcomed them all. By the power of the Spirit, Jewish and Gentiles alike can abound in hope.

Matthew 3:1-12   John the Baptist appears in the wilderness proclaiming repentance and offering baptism as preparation for the kingdom of God drawing near.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Choose a spot where you can look closely at a flower.  After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: Lord God, I am often preoccupied with rush, deadlines and pressing concerns.  I have neglected to keep watch. This week list the areas of your life that pull you out of “keeping watch”.  As you list these areas pray that God would grow you in trust and obedience.   Pray that he would lead you into a new way of “watchful” living.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: The church you are part of.

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:  Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Think of a meaningful relationship that you have shared or are sharing with someone. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: The Churches in your neighbourhood…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: In your minds eye reflect on a small innocent child. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today:  The outreach of the Church throughout the world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Spend some moments looking into water.  It could be in a pond or even in a glass. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today:  Conflict torn areas of our world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: If possible light a candle and look at the flame (if not just imagine a candle burning). After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: Anyone you know who is seeking for direction.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Look at your own hand. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: The created world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Reflect firstly on Christ in the manger. Then see him on the cross.  After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: For all those who gather to worship God.  That their worship may be a joyful witness to others.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!