I need a new heart…

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Devotional Diary 14 – 20 October 2019

20 October is the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

 

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Jeremiah 31:27-34.  Could this new covenant of the heart have its origins in the synagogues the exile may have given birth to?  The temple in Jerusalem was seldom visited by most Jews.  Now in exile they had an accessible place of worship.  They gathered regularly and involvement by the laity was far more extensive, prayers were offered instead of sacrifice.  Christ calls us to love the Lord our God with all our heart…

Psalm 19 “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.” (NIV)

2 Timothy 3:14—4:5.   Paul’s strong encouragement to a young preacher in difficult circumstances.

Luke 18:1-8.  In no ways must we compare the unjust judge to God.  The point here is the contrast.  God is just and willing; God is for us and not against us.  Therefore, pray for justice, trust that God is working for us.  If we stay with the heart, we can pray trustingly when we realise the nature of God’s heart.  This realisation transforms our own hearts and makes us for others (for justice) just as God is for us, and so we pray in partnership with a loving God.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name O Most High… (Psalm 92:1)

Confession:   This week we focus on a simple question that can lead to profound and dramatic change: Each day ask the Lord: “Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?”  Today: Use of time.

The Word: See above or use own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: You have asked God, “Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?” now ask God, “How would you like me to pray for your world today?”  Today focus on children.

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, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

Tuesday:

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

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Practicing loving actions.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on conflict.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord;  (Psalm92:4)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Use of finances.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on relationships.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing for joy at the works of your hands (Psalm92:4)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Words of my mouth.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on those lost without meaning in life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

Friday:

Adoration Focus: How great are your works, O Lord, how profound your thoughts! (Psalm 92:5)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: meditations of my heart.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on the poor.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: But you, O Lord, are exalted forever. (Psalm 92:8)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today: Listening to God’s voice.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on the rich.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him. (Psalm 92:15)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today: Worshiping with heart, soul, mind and strength.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared Focus. Today focus on creation.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, what can I do today to bring my life more in line with your will and reign in this world?

Thank you…

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Devotional Diary 7 – 13 October 2019

13 October is the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7.  Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles in Babylon: “Build houses … plant gardens … take wives … multiply there …. Seek the welfare of this city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its [Babylon’s] welfare you will find your welfare.”

Psalm 66:1-12. Praise in the midst of trouble.

Timothy 2:8-15. “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead … the word of God is not chained … the saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure … if we deny … if we are faithless …”

Luke 17:11-19. The cleansing of ten lepers and the thanks of the one who is a despised foreigner.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day complete this sentence in a new way: “Hallelujah, for the Lord our God the almighty…”

Confession: In our confession we use a prayer for transformation. Each day there is a new line for you to consider. Today’s line: “Slow to condemn – quick to justify,”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our world.  Each day lift the world up to God in prayer and be open to his prompt as he leads you in prayer.  Pray against: violence as a solution.

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, give me the strength to look up and not down, to look forward and not back, to look out and not in, and to lend a hand. (Edward Everett Hale)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day complete this sentence in a new way: “Hallelujah, for the Lord our God the almighty…”

Confession: In our confession we use a prayer for transformation. Each day there is a new line for you to consider. Today’s line: “Slow to offend – quick to defend,”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our world.  Each day lift the world up to God in prayer and be open to his prompt as he leads you in prayer.  Pray against: demonising of religious groups.

Personal Prayers:            Dedication: O God, give me the strength to look up and not down, to look forward and not back, to look out and not in, and to lend a hand. (Edward Everett Hale)

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Each day complete this sentence in a new way: “Hallelujah, for the Lord our God the almighty…”

Confession: In our confession we use a prayer for transformation. Each day there is a new line for you to consider. Today’s line: “Slow to expose – quick to shield,”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our world.  Each day lift the world up to God in prayer and be open to his prompt as he leads you in prayer. Pray against: judgement and prejudice.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, give me the strength to look up and not down, to look forward and not back, to look out and not in, and to lend a hand. (Edward Everett Hale)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day complete this sentence in a new way: “Hallelujah, for the Lord our God the almighty…”

Confession: In our confession we use a prayer for transformation. Each day there is a new line for you to consider. Today’s line: ”Slow to belittle – quick to appreciate,”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our world.  Each day lift the world up to God in prayer and be open to his prompt as he leads you in prayer.  Pray for: seeking understanding.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, give me the strength to look up and not down, to look forward and not back, to look out and not in, and to lend a hand. (Edward Everett Hale)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day complete this sentence in a new way: “Hallelujah, for the Lord our God the almighty…”

Confession: In our confession we use a prayer for transformation. Each day there is a new line for you to consider. Today’s line: “Slow to hinder – quick to help,”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our world.  Each day lift the world up to God in prayer and be open to his prompt as he leads you in prayer.   Pray for: carrying each other burdens.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, give me the strength to look up and not down, to look forward and not back, to look out and not in, and to lend a hand. (Edward Everett Hale)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day complete this sentence in a new way: “Hallelujah, for the Lord our God the almighty…”

Confession: In our confession we use a prayer for transformation. Each day there is a new line for you to consider. Today’s line: “Slow to provoke – quick to conciliate,”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our world.  Each day lift the world up to God in prayer and be open to his prompt as he leads you in prayer. Pray for: Loving you enemies.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, give me the strength to look up and not down, to look forward and not back, to look out and not in, and to lend a hand. (Edward Everett Hale)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day complete this sentence in a new way: “Hallelujah, for the Lord our God the almighty…”

Confession: In our confession we use a prayer for transformation. Each day there is a new line for you to consider. Today’s line: “Slow to resent – quick to forgive,”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our world.  Each day lift the world up to God in prayer and be open to his prompt as he leads you in prayer.  Pray for: appreciation for our common humanity.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, give me the strength to look up and not down, to look forward and not back, to look out and not in, and to lend a hand. (Edward Everett Hale)

What are you chasing?

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Devotional Diary 30 September – 6 October 2019

6 October is the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

Use these readings in “The Word” step below:

Lamentations 1:1-6The destruction prophesied has come. Jerusalem and the temple are ruins. Exile from Jerusalem and Judah has begun. The prophet gives voice to the people’s lament: “Her foes have become her masters… because the Lord has made her suffer for the multitude of her transgressions.”

Psalm 137.  One of the most painful of all the psalms and a fitting and realistic response to the first reading.

2 Timothy 1:1-14. Paul’s greeting and opening exhortation in the second letter: Remember who you are, rekindle the gift in you, don’t be afraid. There is no shame in suffering when it comes from trusting and obeying the Lord.

Luke 17:5-10. Jesus teaches on faith and status. The disciples ask for more faith; Jesus says they need a different kind. They appear to want to be treated as equals of powerful persons; Jesus tells them to regard themselves as slaves who can’t be sold for profit.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our hope.

Confession: Jesus Christ offers us a process of death to resurrection: we can die with Christ and be raised with Him.  This process transforms our lives.  What needs to die within us? What needs to be raised?  Each day kneel at the foot of the cross and bring something to God that needs to die, and then stand up and acknowledge a resurrection in terms of that issue or struggle.  Then walk in the newness of life that He brings you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in our personal lives we may walk in the light.

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, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our love.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in the government of our land we may walk in the light and know that that light shines upon us.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our joy.

Confession: See Monday’s confession

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in our hospitals and health care we may walk in the light.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our peace.

Confession: See Monday’s confession

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray for your police services that they may walk in the light and know that light shining upon them.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our thanksgiving.

Confession: See Monday’s confession

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in your church life we may walk in the light and know the light of Christ shining on us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our fellowship.

Confession: See Monday’s confession

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in your educational institutions we may walk in the light and know the light of Christ shining on us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our worship.

Confession: See Monday’s confession

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in your worship we may worship in the light and know the light of Christ shining on us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!