Ascension

 

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 28 May – 2 June 2019

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

(30 May is Ascension Day.  2 June is Ascension Sunday.

The readings below are the Ascension readings.)

Acts 1:1-11. The story of the final teaching and ascension of Jesus from Acts. “Wait until the power of the Spirit comes upon you … then be my witnesses in all the world.”

Psalm 47.  An enthronement psalm for YHWH, and a fitting response for this day. “The Lord has gone up” (ascended) here means that YHWH (and for us, Jesus), is Ruler over all the earth.

Ephesians 1:15-23. A theological interpretation of the ascension of Jesus — “that you may know … what is the immeasurable power of his greatness for us who believe.”

Luke 24: 44-53. An earlier Lukan version of the last words and ascension of Jesus. “Proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins to all nations beginning in Jerusalem.”

This week:  We return to our twenty-one day cycle of confession.   Each day examine your life in terms of these confessions.   In our intercessions we pray for those who we know that need God’s touch in their lives.

Monday:

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

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

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: Christ be beside me, Christ be before me, Christ be behind me, King of my heart.  Christ be within me, Christ be below me, Christ be above me, Never to part.  (ascribed to St. Patrick 389-461)

 Tuesday:

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

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: Pray for someone who needs to know guidance and  direction.

Dedication: Christ be beside me, Christ be before me, Christ be behind me, King of my heart.  Christ be within me, Christ be below me, Christ be above me, Never to part.  (St. Patrick 389-461)

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

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Christ be beside me, Christ be before me, Christ be behind me, King of my heart.  Christ be within me, Christ be below me, Christ be above me, Never to part.  (St. Patrick 389-461)

Thursday:   (Ascension Day)

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

Confession: Lord, make me aware of the pride in my life.  Pride that keeps me aloof and apart.  Pride that is rooted in an 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: Pray for someone who needs to find work and employment.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Christ be beside me, Christ be before me, Christ be behind me, King of my heart.  Christ be within me, Christ be below me, Christ be above me, Never to part.  (St. Patrick 389-461)

Friday:

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

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: Pray for someone who needs strength in a struggle.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Christ be beside me, Christ be before me, Christ be behind me, King of my heart.  Christ be within me, Christ be below me, Christ be above me, Never to part.  (St. Patrick 389-461)

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

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Christ be beside me, Christ be before me, Christ be behind me, King of my heart.  Christ be within me, Christ be below me, Christ be above me, Never to part.  (St. Patrick 389-461)

Sunday: 

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

Confession: Lord forgive me when I give all for my own ambitions and loose 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:  Pray for someone who needs reconciliation and the spirit of forgiveness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Christ be beside me, Christ be before me, Christ be behind me, King of my heart.  Christ be within me, Christ be below me, Christ be above me, Never to part.  (St. Patrick 389-461)

The Spirit will teach you…

 

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 20 – 26 May 2019

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

26 May:  Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 16:9-15. Paul responds to a vision to go to Macedonia, arrives at Philippi, and finds opportunities for witness and a leader (Lydia) ready to begin a congregation in her house.

Psalm 67.  God’s way made known in all nations.

Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5.  In the Spirit, John sees a vision of the New Jerusalem and the way the whole world works in the fullness of God’s kingdom.

John 14:23-29. Jesus teaches that the Holy Spirit will guide his disciples to understand, remember, and live out his teaching in all Truth.

 This week:  In our confessions we focus on our sins of omission, those things we have failed to do.  Our intercessions call you to bring your concerns in various areas of life that are given as a prompt for prayers.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 38:15) But I trust in you, O Lord; and you, O Lord my God, will answer me.

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have failed to use the gifts and talents you have given us.  So often the easy option has been to bury our talents.  We offer you our gifts, use them and us for the work of your Kingdom, and help us to step out in service.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we simply suggest an area of concern and you are invited to pray for any particular need that you feel called to.  Today you are invited to pray for a global concern.

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 Jesus, help me to be so filled with your life that it may flow through me to others.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 37:4) Seek your happiness in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire.

Confession: Lord, forgive us for missed opportunities to witness to your name and glory.  Teach us how to speak the right word at the right time.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that is of national interest.

Dedication: Lord Jesus, help me to be so filled with your life that it may flow through me to others.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 36:7) How precious, O God, is your constant love!  We find protection under the shadow of your wings.

Confession: Lord, forgive us for missing an opportunity to reach out with a random action of care and hope.  Help us to care in your name.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that is of interest to your local area/district.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, help me to be so filled with your life that it may flow through me to others.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 35:10) With all my heart I will say to the Lord, “There is no-one like you. …”

Confession:  Lord, forgive us for not acting on the promptings of your Spirit in our lives.  Make us sensitive to your divine whisperings in our lives.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that affects your immediate neighbourhood.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, help me to be so filled with your life that it may flow through me to others.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 34:8) Find out for yourself how good the Lord is.  Happy are those who find safety with him.

Confession: Lord, forgive us for the neglect of our own lives and health (physical, mental and spiritual).  Teach us how to take care of ourselves so that we may better serve you and praise your name.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that relates to your place of work or your living environment.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, help me to be so filled with your life that it may flow through me to others.

Saturday:

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

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we fail to give abundantly and cheerfully. Help us to give even as you gave to us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern within your family\friend circle.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, help me to be so filled with your life that it may flow through me to others.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 32:7) You are my hiding place; you will save me from trouble.

Confession: Lord, forgive us when we have held ourselves back from worshipping you without reserve.  Help us to worship you, as you deserve.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Today you are invited to pray for a concern that relates to your church community.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord Jesus, help me to be so filled with your life that it may flow through me to others.

Love one another!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 13 – 19 May 2019

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

Learning to live the resurrection life!  This is still the Easter Season!

(19 May:  Fifth Sunday of Easter)

 Acts 11:1-18. Peter testifies to the saving work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of non-circumcised believers.

Psalm Response — Psalm 148All orders of creation, living and inanimate, are called to praise God.

Revelation 21:1-6God makes a final home among mortals on a new earth in which pain and suffering are no more.

John 13:31-35As Jesus faces the events leading to his execution, he commands his disciples, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

This week:  In our confessions this week we examine different arenas of our lives and ask that God may enable our faith to be lived out in them.  In our intercessions we pray against certain evils in our world.  In these prayers be conscious of our prayer for the dedication of our lives.  Christ has won the victory over evil!

Monday:

Adoration Focus: But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 59:16)

Confession: Lord God we pray that in the quiet moments of our lives, as we become more aware of our inner life, that your Spirit may bring about an inner transformation and connection that may empower the outward call of the Gospel.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray against evil of all kinds.  Today we pray against the evil of apathy in the face of suffering. Lord make us an action community of love!

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:  Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. (Psalm 57:10)

Confession:  Lord God we examine our interaction with our circles of friends and we pray that here we may witness through our lives and words of care and love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray against the evil of corruption.  Lord we pray for our land and all its officers.  We pray against the corruption that is in our own hearts and the excuses we make to justify our behaviour.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me… (Psalm 54:4)

Confession: Lord we examine the works of our hands and bodies.  In our work enable us to build your Kingdom through works of love, justice and righteousness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray against the evil that makes life cheap and indispensable.   We pray against a society that encourages this in various ways. We pray against those who kill for theft.  We pray against those who kill for revenge and out of anger.  pray against war.  We pray against neglected lives and communities.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

Thursday:

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 we examine our church lives.  Forgive us when we are passengers and lead us into callings of service.  Enable us to live out the Gospel of truth through the body of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Today we pray against the evil of prejudice.  For a prejudice that sows small seeds of hate that grow into battlefields of suffering.  Lord God teach us that prejudice against any person is a prejudice against the Creator of all.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: The Mighty One, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.(Psalm 50:1)

Confession:  Lord we pray that we may be guided as to how we can live out our faith in the context of our country.  Lord we find ourselves in this context, enable us to witness and be creative.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray against the evil of materialism – where the entire value of life is seen in terms of material possessions.  Lord help us to find our security in you and to learn that giving is more blessed than receiving.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. (Psalm 49:15)

Confession: Lord we examine our witness when we are among those who do not know us.  When we are in shopping cues or dealing with strangers at work.  Teach us how to build a positive atmosphere in all our contacts and not just among our inner circle.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray against the evil of unbelief that prevents following Christ.  Where eyes are blinded and hearts are hardened.  Lord we pray that the witness of your church and the work of your Spirit may find fertile ground.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

Sunday: 

Adoration Focus: For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. (Psalm 48:14)

Confession: Pray for any arena of life where you sense you need to confess and be empowered for new life and direction.  God is with you in every arena of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we have prayed against evils of various kind. Today you are asked to choose any area of specific concern to you and pray against that evil and pray for God’s light to shine brightly and drive out the darkness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)