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Devotional Diary 16 – 22 July 2018

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

Sunday 22 July is the ninth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 7: 1-14a.  David tells Nathan his intentions to build a permanent house for the God of Israel, and Nathan initially approves. That night, God tells Nathan that David is not to build a house for God, but that God will build a house (dynasty) for David.

Psalm 89:20-37. A poetic, musical version of God’s promise/covenant to establish David’s throne.

Ephesians 2:11-22.  God intends to enact reconciliation through the church by bringing divided humanity (Jews and Gentiles) into one new humanity in Jesus Christ.

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56. Another “story within a story,” but this week’s reading skips the “inner story.” The story of the disciples’ return from their mission (last week) and continuation in ministry with Jesus is “interrupted” by the feeding of the 5000.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care.  Today’s Focus: Your past.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones.   Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

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: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care. Today’s Focus: Your present.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones. Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care.  Today’s Focus: Your future.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones. Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care. Today’s Focus: Your family.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones.  Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care.  Today’s Focus: Your friends.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones. Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care. Today’s Focus: Your country.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones. Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Sunday:

Adoration Focus:  “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care. Today’s Focus: Your world.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones. Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Who is this Jesus?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 9 – 15 July 2018

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

Sunday 15 July is the eighth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19. Some 30,000 chosen men of Israel accompany David to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem on a two-stage journey: Baale-Judah to Obed-Edom, and then Obed-Edom to Jerusalem. The journey takes several months, with a three-month hiatus in the middle. This was because one of the cartmen (Uzzah) was killed by touching the ark (verses 6-11). On the final leg, David leads the procession while dancing and wearing only a “linen ephod.” This was not quite enough to be “properly attired.”

Psalm 24.  An appropriate response to the story of the entry of the ark into Jerusalem.

Ephesians 1:3-14. A new Epistle series begins today as we begin readings in Ephesians. The letter opens with praise to God for the recipients’ salvation as part of God’s eternal plan through Jesus Christ.

Mark 6:14-29. Mark tells two stories in one — a “present-time” story and a “flashback.” The “present-time” story recounts Herod hearing about Jesus and deciding he must be John the Baptist raised from the dead. The “flashback” is the story of Herod’s order to have John the Baptist beheaded.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 31:21) Praise be to the Lord, for he showed his wonderful love to me…

Confession: (In our confessions we return to a cycle of confessions that are designed to look into various aspects of our journey of faith) 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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for our own lives.

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, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 30:1) I will exalt you, O Lord…

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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those we are close to.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 29:2) Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for someone who is lost and without love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 28:7)  The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.

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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for the different peoples of our land.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 27:1)  The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

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, 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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those who are lost in destructive ways: crime, drugs etc.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 26:8)  I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells.

Confession: Lord, forgive me for my sins of neglect.   Those things which 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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those who have never heard of Christ’s love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 25:10)  All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful.

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: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for a realisation of this love in our worship services.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

We are on a mission!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 1 – 8 July 2018

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

Sunday 8 July is the seventh Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10.  King David seals the terms of his rule over the tribes of all Israel in a covenant ceremony at Hebron, conquers the Jebusites at Jerusalem (verses 6-8), and locates his throne there seven years into his reign.

Psalm 48.  A song in praise of Jerusalem as a sign of God’s power to defend the people/nation Israel.

2 Corinthians 12:2-10.  Paul rejects boasting in his own spiritual experiences as a way to establish an “upper hand” in his ongoing disputes with the Christian community founded there. Instead, he says, God has given him a “thorn in the flesh” to remind him of the sufficiency of God’s grace and to enable him to boast in weakness so he can identify with the sufferings of Christ.

Mark 6:1-13.  Jesus encounters resistance to his ministry in his hometown synagogue. He sends his disciples on an “advance mission” to get the word and signs of the power of the coming kingdom out to as many villages in the region of Galilee as possible.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Be still.  Acknowledge that you are surrounded by Father, Son and Holy Spirit and express your worship.  Today’s focus: Glory

Confession: Living the life.  How can you walk the talk in the day ahead? What action is God calling you to in this new day? Your reading may guide you in this “action”.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on the battered and bruised.

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 you are the life-giver.   Revive us and begin your work in me today.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Be still.  Acknowledge that you are surrounded by Father, Son and Holy Spirit and express your worship.  Today’s focus: Accepting God’s unconditional love.

Confession: Living the life.  How can you walk the talk in the day ahead? What action is God calling you to in this new day? Your reading may guide you in this “action”.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have lost faith.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord you are the life-giver.   Revive us and begin your work in me today.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Be still.  Acknowledge that you are surrounded by Father, Son and Holy Spirit and express your worship.  Today’s focus: Just being with God.

Confession: Living the life.  How can you walk the talk in the day ahead? What action is God calling you to in this new day? Your reading may guide you in this “action”.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have stopped caring.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord you are the life-giver.   Revive us and begin your work in me today.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Be still.  Acknowledge that you are surrounded by Father, Son and Holy Spirit and express your worship.  Today’s focus: Trusting…

Confession: Living the life.  How can you walk the talk in the day ahead? What action is God calling you to in this new day? Your reading may guide you in this “action”.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on the hungry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord you are the life-giver.    Revive us and begin your work in me today.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Be still.  Acknowledge that you are surrounded by Father, Son and Holy Spirit and express your worship.  Today’s focus: Release and freedom

Confession: Living the life.  How can you walk the talk in the day ahead? What action is God calling you to in this new day? Your reading may guide you in this “action”.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who need a door to open.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord you are the life-giver.     Revive us and begin your work in me today.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Be still.  Acknowledge that you are surrounded by Father, Son and Holy Spirit and express your worship.  Today’s focus: Creativity

Confession: Living the life.  How can you walk the talk in the day ahead? What action is God calling you to in this new day? Your reading may guide you in this “action”.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have found themselves needing help.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord you are the life-giver.   Revive us and begin your work in me today.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Be still.  Acknowledge that you are surrounded by Father, Son and Holy Spirit and express your worship.  Today’s focus: Joy

Confession: Living the life.  How can you walk the talk in the day ahead? What action is God calling you to in this new day? Your reading may guide you in this “action”.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who do not know how to worship.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord you are the life-giver.   Revive us and begin your work in me today.