A generous harvest

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Devotional Diary 6 – 12 July 2020

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

12 July 2020 is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.

Genesis 25:19-34. The beginning of the story of Isaac’s children.

Psalm 119: 105 -112  Psalm response.

Romans 8:1-11. The Spirit of life in Jesus Christ sets us free from the law of sin and death. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Jesus tells a parable of a sower to the crowd and interprets the parable to the disciples.

Monday:

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

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I failed to drink from your fountain and have lost my way in the deserts of life.

The Word: Use the above readings or any other Scripture reading plan you are following.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray that ‘the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead’ may work resurrection in that area: Today: Praying for your local church.

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, we pray that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead may be raised within us to enable us to share the resurrection life of Christ with this world.

Tuesday:

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

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I have neglected reflection on your word, the Bible, and have closed myself off from hearing your word to me.

The Word: Use the above readings or any other Scripture reading plan you are following.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray that ‘the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead’ may work resurrection in that area: Today: Praying for your city/town.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, we pray that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead may be raised within us to enable us to share the resurrection life of Christ with this world.

Wednesday:

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

Confession: Lord you have called me to praise your holy name.  So often it is my name alone that I seek to praise and lift up.  Help me to lift up your name in praise.

The Word: Use the above readings or any other Scripture reading plan you are following.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray that ‘the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead’ may work resurrection in that area: Today: Praying for your province/district.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, we pray that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead may be raised within us to enable us to share the resurrection life of Christ with this world.

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 you have opened the door of your heart to sharing in our prayers, forgive me when I have neglected to respond and teach me to pray.

The Word: Use the above readings or any other Scripture reading plan you are following.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray that ‘the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead’ may work resurrection in that area: Today: Praying for your country.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, we pray that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead may be raised within us to enable us to share the resurrection life of Christ with this world.

Friday:

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

Confession: Lord, the splendour of your creation has grown familiar in my eyes.  Help me to look at it in new ways and realise your greatness yet again.

The Word: Use the above readings or any other Scripture reading plan you are following.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray that ‘the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead’ may work resurrection in that area: Today: Praying for your continent.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, we pray that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead may be raised within us to enable us to share the resurrection life of Christ with this world.

Saturday:

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

Confession: Lord sometimes I worship the stars and not you who name them.  Today help me to worship the one who controls the stars and who guides us in His paths.

The Word: Use the above readings or any other Scripture reading plan you are following.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray that ‘the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead’ may work resurrection in that area: Today:  Praying for our world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, we pray that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead may be raised within us to enable us to share the resurrection life of Christ with this world.

Sunday:

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

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I rely on my own strength and wisdom.  You are the one who lifts us up.  Today I turn to you.

The Word: Use the above readings or any other Scripture reading plan you are following.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray that ‘the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead’ may work resurrection in that area: Today: Praying for all those who gather to worship God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, we pray that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead may be raised within us to enable us to share the resurrection life of Christ with this world.

My yoke is easy…

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 29 June – 5 July 2020

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

5 July 2020 is the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

 Genesis 24:34-38 God provides for the lineage of blessing.

Psalm 45:10-17 The glorious princess!

Romans 7:15-25 Sin has mastery over our lives, who will come to our rescue?

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest!

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day praise God for a blessing that has touched your life.  Today: Think of home…

Confession: This week examine your use of the power and influence that God has given you.  If God had to ask you to account for your use of the power (gifts, talents, abilities, resources, etc.)  he has given you, how would you answer?  Use the prayer of dedication to help you in this process of repentance.   Possible focus: indecision.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your own life: how is God seeking to send you?

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 I come to you an empty vessel.  I have no power of own; that is no genuine, life giving power.  Make me an instrument of your power, I ask, and fill me with your life-giving Spirit.  I yield myself to your mission and purposes.  Make me sensitive to your promptings.  Lord, I pray that the journey ahead may be a journey of power in “yieldedness” to your Spirit.”

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day praise God for a blessing that has touched your life.  Today: Think of people…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Possible focus: Pride

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your church. Pray for a specific part of its life of service.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: See Monday’s dedication.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Each day praise God for a blessing that has touched your life. Today: Think of creation…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus: Success/service

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for ministers of the Gospel that they may lead while following Christ.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: See Monday’s dedication.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day praise God for a blessing that has touched your life. Today: Think of church…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus: the example of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your denominational church body:  that it may be empowered for mission.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: See Monday’s dedication.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day praise God for a blessing that has touched your life.  Think of God’s word…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus: sacrifice.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for all who are struggling to see themselves as empowered to serve God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: See Monday’s dedication.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day praise God for a blessing that has touched your life.  Think of your country…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus: submission

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for all who are facing opposition and hardship in their service of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: See Monday’s dedication.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day praise God for a blessing that has touched your life.  Think of God…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus: being set free to serve.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for that in your worship you may serve God by lifting up his name.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: See Monday’s dedication.

Guidelines for mission

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 22 – 28 June 2020

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

28 June 2020 is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

Genesis 22:1-14. The attempted sacrifice of Isaac.
Psalm Response: Psalm 13.  A Psalm of lament.
Romans 6:12-23. When we are baptized, buried and raised with Christ by water and the Holy Spirit, we are given a new life and a new master. Sin no longer reigns and drives us to death, but God and righteousness rule and lead us to life.
Matthew 10:40-42. Rules for Mission: Expect, look for, and bless those who offer welcome.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: self-righteousness.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: Your family or friendship circle.

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: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: false dignity.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: The schools, scholars, and teachers of your land.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: feeling of being hard done by.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today:  The Churches that surrounds you: that they may be filled with the power and love of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 149:1 Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: Unforgiveness

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today:  Your land and its wonderful variety of peoples.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 149:3 Let them (us!) praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: hard heart.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: Praying for the countries of your continent.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord.  How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: boredom.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today:  For all the worship services (whether on line or in person) that take place tomorrow.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 147:7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.

Confession: Today just spend some time praising God and continuing to give up the barriers that you have focused on during the week.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today:  Pray for the poor and hungry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8