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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!

Any moment now!

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Devotional Diary 24 – 1 December 2019

1 December is the first Sunday of Advent.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

 Isaiah 2:1-5  Out of the house of the Lord shall come wisdom and instruction, and all nations will convert their weapons of war into implements for sustaining life.

Psalm 122 A psalm rejoicing in Jerusalem, a foretaste of what Isaiah prophesies.

Romans 13:11-14  Salvation draws ever nearer, so live in the fullness of Christ, freed from the power of sinful desires.

Matthew 24:36-44.  The coming of the Son of Man will be a surprise, so stay on the lookout!

Monday:

Adoration Focus: My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. (Psalm 71:15)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: O Holy Spirit, knowing the deep things of God: move in the depths of my being…

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the “hungry” in our world.  Our intercessions are based on a prayer by Christine Odell.  Today we pray for those who hunger for the necessities of life: food, homes, warm clothing…

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:  Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds…(Psalm 68:4)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Fire of the Spirit burn all that is not holy…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for healing.  We pray for the depressed, the injured, the dying, the diseased…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: …you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. (Psalm 67:4)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Fire of the Spirit generate within us fire…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for peace.  We pray for countries, for homes where there is stress and aggression, for those who cannot sleep at night.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name. (Psalm 66:4)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Fire of the Spirit Inflame us with love…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray for those who hunger for love. For rejected children, for the elderly who have lost companions, for those who consider themselves unlovable…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Saviour,…(Psalm 65:5)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Wind of the Spirit breathe in us thy gentleness…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for a fair chance in life.  For the child deprived of opportunity, for those caught in a situation from which they see no escape …

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Because you are my help, I will sing in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 63:7)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: Wind of the Spirit!  Blow in thy strength…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for those who hunger for God.  For those who feel lost, who pray without hope, who have no sense of Godly comfort, those who are tired and without purpose…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. (Psalm 62:11,12a)

Confession: In our confessions this week we use lines from a prayer by George Appleton.  Today: O Holy Spirit, author of holiness: sanctify my spirit.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday.  Today we pray for all those who hunger deep in their souls, that they may be fed with the Bread of Life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Jesus Christ, Living Bread, feed us now so that we may touch the hunger of this world with your nourishment.