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Devotional Diary 23 – 29 September 2016

29 September is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

 Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 Jeremiah buys land in Jerusalem during the siege while he was imprisoned. This was a pledge and prophetic sign that “Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.”

Psalm Response: Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16“When the storms of life are raging”

1 Timothy 6:6-19. Paul calls on Timothy not to pursue riches but to be content with the abundant grace and supply of God, whatever that may be. What he should pursue is “righteousness, godliness, endurance, faith, love and gentleness,” and to teach the rich in the Christian communities around Ephesus to do likewise.

Luke 16:19-31.  Jesus tells the story of a nameless rich man and beggar named Lazarus.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “My Jesus, My Saviour Lord there is none like you…” (A song of praise)

Confession: This week we complete our three-week cycle of questions designed to help us examine some basic areas in our lives.  Today’s questions: In what areas am I envious?  Does this envy “drive” my life in any areas?  How does this indicate a restlessness within my own spirit?  How can my relationship with God help me with my envy?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the peace of the world, for the rulers of all the nations…”  (Our intercessions this week are taken from the Methodist Service Book.)

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 kneel at the foot of the cross, you gave your life in service for me, may I give my life to serve today.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “All of my days, I want to praise the wonders of your mighty love…” (A song of praise)

Confession: Does a seething anger just wait to rise up within my heart?   Do I find that I am quite controlled until I unexpectedly burst out in a rage?  Do I drive my car aggressively?  Ask God to allow you to acknowledge your anger and release its hold over your life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: ”I ask for your prayers for government in accordance with God’s holy will, and for a just and proper use of the natural resources of the world.”

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord I kneel at the foot of the cross, you gave your life in service for me, may I give my life to serve today.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “My comfort my shelter, Tower of refuge and strength…” (A song of praise)

Confession: In the face of crying needs we often choose not to notice or even deliberately ignore them.  Ask God to open your heart to his call to serve.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the concerns and activities of this congregation and of this neighbourhood.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I kneel at the foot of the cross, you gave your life in service for me, may I give my life to serve today.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “Let every breath, all that I am never cease to worship you…” (A song of praise)

Confession: Lord, make me aware of the pride in my life.  Pride that keeps me aloof and apart.  Pride that is rooted in insecurity and a need to prove myself.  Pride that makes me humiliate other human beings.  Lord, help me to make myself vulnerable and to serve rather than be served.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I kneel at the foot of the cross, you gave your life in service for me, may I give my life to serve today.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “Shout to the Lord all the earth, let us sing, power and majesty, praise to the King…” (A song of praise)

Confession: Lord forgive me for alienated myself from this world that you love.  Help me to reach out in love and care.  Help me to make a difference.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for all in sorrow, need, anxiety or sickness.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I kneel at the foot of the cross, you gave your life in service for me, may I give my life to serve today.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Mountains bow down and the seas will roar at the sound of your name…” (A song of praise)

Confession: Lord forgive me when I invest huge resources for my own entertainment but will be resentful about a minor offering to alleviate another’s deep suffering.  Lord God, I pray for a generous heart.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “I ask for your prayers for the neglected, the persecuted and the lonely.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I kneel at the foot of the cross, you gave your life in service for me, may I give my life to serve today.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” (A song of praise)

Confession: Lord forgive me when I give all for my own ambitions and lose your call to share in love in important relationships in my life.  Help me to count the cost of loving and discover new joy in giving.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  “I ask for your prayers for those in any need or trouble.”

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I kneel at the foot of the cross, you gave your life in service for me, may I give my life to serve today.

Use your nut!

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Devotional Diary 16 – 23 September 2019

23 September is the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

Use these readings in “The Word” step below:
Jeremiah 8:18-9:1.  Jeremiah cries out and weeps for the pain and destruction of his people.

Psalm 79:1-9.  A strong and relevant response to the reading from Jeremiah. Don’t just read it: Pray it! Or better, sing it!

1 Timothy 2:1-7.  Paul provides direction for what should be included in the “prayers of the people” and in what order. The people’s ministry of prayer joins the ongoing priestly ministry of Jesus as mediator and participates in the will of God that all should be saved.

Luke 16:1-13.  Jesus praises a shrewd steward and commends his disciples to follow his example.

(In our confession this week we enter the second week of the 21-day cycle of confession)

Monday:

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

Confession: 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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs encouragement.

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: Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee… Take myself and I will be, ever only, all for Thee. (Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-79)

Tuesday:

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

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: Pray for someone who needs to know that they are loved.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee… Take myself and I will be, ever only, all for Thee. (Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-79)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Praise the Lord… who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed life the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)

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: Pray for someone who needs to discover faith in God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee… Take myself and I will be, ever only, all for Thee. (Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-79)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.” (Psalm 87:7)

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: Pray for someone who needs to find work.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee… Take myself and I will be, ever only, all for Thee. (Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-79)

Friday:

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

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: Pray for someone who needs strength in a struggle.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee… Take myself and I will be, ever only, all for Thee. (Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-79)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. (Psalm 52:9)

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: Pray for someone who needs to find joy in living.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee… Take myself and I will be, ever only, all for Thee. (Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-79)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 33:11)  But his plans endure forever; his purposes last eternally.

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: Pray for someone who needs reconciliation.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee… Take myself and I will be, ever only, all for Thee. (Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-79)

God is a finder!

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Devotional Diary 9 – 15 September 2019

15 September is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28. The coming conquest of Judah by Babylon will be like powerful hot wind that destroys everything in its path.

Psalm 14. This psalm was not addressing atheism, which would have been a non sequitur in the ancient world, but rather anti-Yahwism. The first line can be more accurately translated “Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is nothing to [your] God.'” Or even, “Your God is nothing!” It is an example of “trash talk” by an invading army.

1 Timothy 1:12-17 (1st of 6 weeks with Paul’s letters to Timothy). Paul begins this first letter to Timothy by identifying himself — and all followers of Jesus — as recipients of incredible mercy to show that God in Christ is out to save sinners.

Luke 15:1-10. Lost sheep, lost coins, and celebration over one sinner who repents — Jesus’ stories in response to criticism that he receives “sinners” and shares meals with them.

In our confession we again visit our set cycle of confession.  From time to time we will repeat this cycle.  Our prayer is that in our confessions God would bring transformation and new life.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

Confession: 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: See reading above and read a portion each day and reflect.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your families.

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:  Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

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: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your witness.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

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: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your schools.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

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: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your church.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

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: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your town.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

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: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your nation.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

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:  “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your own life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.