God the ultimate transformer!

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Devotional Diary 14 – 20 January 2019

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

Sunday 20 January is the second Sunday after Epiphany Sunday.

 Isaiah 62:1-5   Return from exile is not the final goal of God’s salvation. God intends to make the restored Israel “a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,” a sign that the LORD has chosen and “married” this people.

Psalm response — Psalm 36:5-10. The joyful response of a people who are experiencing the results of God’s promise in Isaiah.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 The first of a series of readings in chapters 12 and 13. This week: “Spiritual Gifts 101– Many Gifts, One Spirit.”

John 2:1-11.  Jesus turns water poured into empty purification jars into wine for a wedding in Cana, the first of the “signs” in John’s gospel.

 Thought for the week: “Therefore, it is a good thing to let prayer be the first business of the morning and the last of the evening.  Guard yourself carefully against such false and deceitful thoughts that keep whispering: Wait awhile.  In an hour or so I will pray.  I must first finish this of that.  Thinking such thoughts, we get away from prayer into business that will hold us and involve us till the prayer of the day comes to naught.” (Martin Luther.)

Monday:

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

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: Use readings above own devotional readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for your families.  How is God prompting you to pray?

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 be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

 Tuesday:

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

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: Today you are invited to pray for the mission of the church.  Think of evangelism, church unity and community development. How is God prompting you to pray?

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Wednesday:

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

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: Today we pray for the needy, the suffering, the poor, and the oppressed.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

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 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: Today we pray for other churches. Think of your own denomination churches, of other denominations.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Friday:

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

Confession: Lord, I have neglected the gifts you have given me.  Some have atrophied.  Sometimes and 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 gift that you have given and that I may use them for your glory.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today  pray for your country and its people.  Think of Christian citizenship, of justice, peace and reconciliation.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Saturday:

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

Confession: Lord, forgive me for my sins of neglect.   Those things that 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: Today we pray for those who face death.  Think of those who have died, for the bereaved and the sorrowful.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

Sunday:

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

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:  Today we pray for our worship services. Think of those seeking faith.  How is God prompting you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God be in my head: and in my understanding.  God be in my eyes: and in my looking.  God be in my mouth: and in my speaking.  God be in my heart: and in my thinking.  God be at my end: and at my departing. Amen

 

Jesus is baptised

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Devotional Diary 7 – 13 January 2019

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

Sunday 13 January is the first Sunday after Epiphany Sunday: Baptism of our Lord

Isaiah 43:1-7.  God will protect, ransom, and re-gather the people Israel from all the corners of the earth.

Psalm response: Psalm 29. The voice of the LORD speaks, and all heaven and nature shake and stand in awe.

Acts 8:14-17.  Peter and John complete the baptism would-be disciples of Jesus had received by laying hands on them so they may receive the Holy Spirit.

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22.  John the Baptizer announces he is not the messiah; one mightier than he comes after him, baptizing with Holy Spirit and fire. After Jesus was baptized by John and while he was praying, the Holy Spirit descended and a voice from heaven claimed Jesus as Beloved Son

Monday:

Adoration Focus: How big is a mountain? …God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think grace.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around 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: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: How powerful is a wave?  …God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think goals.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: How mysterious is the wind? …God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think caring.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal prayers:

              Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: How awesome is an ant?…God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think action.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal prayers:

              Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: How tall is a giraffe? …God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think habits.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: How regular are the seasons?…God?

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change.  Think practical.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal prayers:

              Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Sunday:

Adoration: “Let everything that has breath praise the lord!”

Confession: Nurturing the seed.  Your life is a precious seed.  How will you nurture this gift? Small steps (2 degrees at a time).  Acknowledge your failings and ask God to guide you in choosing your next 2 degree change. Think worship.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you.

Personal prayers:

              Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

A light for all peoples!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 31 December 2018 – 6 January 2019

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

Sunday 6 January is Epiphany Sunday

Isaiah 60:1-6. Isaiah prophesies to a people just returning from exile that the day would come when all nations would “stream to their light.”

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14. In praise of the righteous king who would receive tribute from all nations.

Ephesians 3:1-12. Paul’s imprisonments make it possible for Gentiles, including leaders of the Roman Empire, to know the mystery that they, too, are invited to become fellow heirs with Christ Jesus.

Matthew 2:1-12.  Magi from Iraq arrive to offer homage to a new king in Judea and participate in God’s subversion of Herod’s plan.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 11:1 In the Lord I take refuge.

Confession: The old has gone, the new has come!  Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let us not forget to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that this year may be one in which you are drawn closer to God.  How is God speaking to 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: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 13:5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

Confession: The old has gone, the new has come!  Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that this year you may discover new joy in serving God as he calls you.  Pray that you may be open to this call as it comes to you.

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 13:6 I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

Confession: The old has gone, the new has come!  Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that this year you may know the strengthening hand of God in your weaknesses.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me.  Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Confession: The old has gone, the new has come!  Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that you may experience this year as a healing year so that you may reflect God’s love and life more clearly.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer…

Confession: The old has gone, the new has come!  Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that you may be enabled to rest in the knowledge that you are loved as you journey day by day through this year.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 18:2 …my God is my rock in whom I take refuge.

Confession: The old has gone, the new has come!  Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that your relationships with others may grow in significant ways through this year.  How is God speaking to you?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 18:2 He (the Lord) is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Confession: The old has gone, the new has come!  Each day ask how these words need to be reflected in your life as you share in the death and resurrection of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that this year may be one in which you learn to worship God in Spirit and in truth.  Give yourself to God in worship today!

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)