Teach us to pray.

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Devotional Diary 22 – 28 July 2016

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

28th July is the Seventh  Sunday after Pentecost.

Hosea 1:2-10Hosea obeys God and takes Gomer, a prostitute, as his wife. She bears children whose names are prophetic expressions of the relationship between Israel and God — Jezreel (after an outrageously bloody battlefield), Lo Ruhamah (not pitied), and Lo Ammi (not my people).

Psalm 85As a response to the first reading.

Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19).  The subject matter in Paul’s letter shifts from Christology to Christian living grounded in the reality of being baptized into Jesus Christ. “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit… in Christ the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.”

Luke 11:1-13The disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. Jesus gives them a prayer (The Lord’s Prayer — Luke’s version) and a story of persistence in prayer.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

Confession: In our confessions this week we follow a prayer by Neil Dixon.  This prayer calls us to be more open to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Today: “There will be visions and dreams.  But we are stuck in our ways, for we have stopped dreaming.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us”  (Neil Dixon)

The Word:  See reading above and use creatively during the week.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

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: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. (Psalm 90:1)

Confession: “The believers were together.  But we are so divided.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. (Psalm 89:1)

Confession: “There were sounds of wind and sights of fire.  But we expect nothing new to happen.  Forgive us. Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Thursday:

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

Confession: “They spoke with new freedom.  But we are so tongue-tied, too dumb to speak for you.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. (Psalm 86:5)

Confession: “Everyone heard the message.  But we try to reach only the nearest few.  Forgive us, Lord. Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! (Psalm 84:1)

Confession: “The Father will send another Helper.  But we are so self-sufficient, relying on our own resources. Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: …you alone are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:18)

Confession: “The Helper will teach you everything.  But we have stopped wanting to learn or grow.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

There is a better way…

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Devotional Diary 15 – 21 July 2019

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

21 July  is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 8:1-12. Amos proclaims the Lord’s judgment: “The end has come for Israel.” Amos names the economic practices God condemns: trying to rush Sabbath to return to selling, false weights, price gouging, keeping the poor in virtual slavery, and selling the lowest quality goods to the poor.

Psalm 52 .

Colossians 1:15-28. Paul offers a Christology that reflects the depth of growth in the knowledge of God he has previously prayed for the Christians in the region of Colossae. Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the source and destiny of creation itself, head of the church, and agent of reconciliation of all things.

Luke 10:38-42“Martha, Martha, you are fretting and distracted. . . there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part . . .”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: God I look to you for help.  I trust in you, Lord.  Psalm 14:18

Confession: This week we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine your life and them come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Being manipulative.

The Word: See readings above and use during the week,

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today: Those whose dreams are about to be lost.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

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: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: He takes care of his people like a shepherd.  He gathers them like lambs in his arms and carries them close to him.  Isaiah 40:11

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Being insecure.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are struggling to make ends meet.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us in sending his Son to be the way to take away our sins.  1 John 4:10

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Holding on to unforgiveness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are faced with violence on a daily basis.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: In Christ we can come before God with freedom and without fear: We can do this through faith in Christ. Ephesians 3:12

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Not really listening.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are struggling to see any future for themselves and their families.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Friday:

Adoration Focus: I will with you always, even until the end of this age.  Matthew 28:20

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Insensitivity, lack of empathy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who live without any spiritual meaning, who have no faith in Christ.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: The sun cannot hurt you during the day, and the moon cannot hurt you at night.  The Lord will protect you from all dangers; he will guard your life.  Psalm 12:6-7

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Pre-judging other through unrelated past hurts and disappointments.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are giving up on important relationship in their lives, with spouses, children and other loved ones.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: I told you these things so that you can have peace in me.  In this world you will have trouble, but be brave!  I have defeated the world.  John 16:33

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Lack of respect for fellow humans.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who have just lost their jobs and are struggling with their confidence and trust in God.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

 

Who is my neighbour?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 8 – 14 July 2019

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

14 July is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 Amos 7:7-17.   Amos declares God has placed a plumb line in the midst of the institutions of Israel and found them wanting. Its religious and political institutions will be destroyed, and the people will enter exile.

Psalm 82.  While Amos names the plumb line, this psalm defines it.

Colossians 1:1-14.  Paul greets the Christians in Colossae and offers prayers for their deepening growth in faith and understanding.

Luke 10:25-37. The story of the compassionate Samaritan is Jesus’ response to a lawyer’s question, “Who is my neighbour?” Jesus concludes the story with a different question: “Who was neighbour to the injured man?

Monday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.  (Psalm 98:2)

Confession: We have focused on our thought and words, this week we focus on our actions.  The scriptures call us to express our faith in our actions.  Let us examine our actions and pray to God that His Spirit of love and care may inspire them.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for those whose actions reflect God’s love and care. Today: All those involved in the feeding of the poor. Think of those in your community who have been called into this ministry.  Lift them up in prayer.

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: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. (Psalm 97:1)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Lord forgive us when we neglect to express your care in action.  Help us to reach out and express your love in a concrete action today.  How is God leading you to do this?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for those whose actions reflect God’s love and care. Today: All those involved in the supplying of basic housing.  Pray that these schemes may benefit the poor and homeless.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. (Psalm 96:6)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Lord forgive us when we offer a friend in trouble support with our words but do not back it up with action.  Teach us how to show our support in the actions of our lives.  How is God leading you in this?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for those whose actions reflect God love and care. Today: Pray for those who visit the lonely, the sick and shut-ins.  Pray also for our members who are involved in this ministry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. (Psalm 95:6)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Lord forgive us when we are simply too preoccupied to respond to your prompting to act out our faith.  Help us to listen to your promptings and translate them into practical action.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for those whose actions reflect God love and care. Today: Pray for all those called to the ministry of education.  Pray that as they minister that the teaching may find fertile ground.  Pray also for all those involved  children’s ministries.  Give God thanks for this ministry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. (Psalm 94:22)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Lord forgive us when our actions betray our inner violence and anger.  When we threaten in our actions.  Fill our actions with your love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for those whose actions reflect God’s love and care. Today: Medical profession and hospitals. How is God leading you to pray?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty. (Psalm 93:1)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Lord forgive us when our body language indicates we live lives of defeat.  Enable us to witness even in the way we carry ourselves.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for those whose actions reflect God’s love and care. Today: Pray for all those involved in the healing of broken families and children.  Pray for child welfare and others who give so much of their energy and love to his work.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: It is good to praise the Lord… to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night. (Psalm 92:2)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Do your actions express your worship of God?  How can you worship God with your actions?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for those whose actions reflect God’s love and care. Today: Pray for all those who have travelled to often-difficult contexts to tell others about God’s love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)