Be united!

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Devotional Diary 20 – 26 Jan 2020

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

26 January 2020 is the Third Sunday after Epiphany

Isaiah 9:1-4 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” A word of hope for a land where Israel (Samaria) and Syria had fought most of their major battles in the past and were about to fight (or had already begun fighting) Judah without regard for the good of the people who called that land home.

Psalm 27:1, 4-9 This Psalm works as a response to the first reading if we join it as a prayer of those who live in a “land of deep darkness.”

1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Paul says, “I appeal to you … that there be no divisions among you … be united in the same mind and the same purpose. … Has Christ been divided?”

Matthew 4: 12-23 The heart of this story is not the experience of the calling of the disciples. It’s the fact they actually followed him. So the focus is on the end of the reading. They followed him as he went, taught, proclaimed the gospel, and attended to the sicknesses and diseases of all he encountered.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 24:1) The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it…

Confession: Pray: ‘Lord God we pray that in the quiet moments of our lives (as we become more aware of our inner lives and your Spirit in us) that your Spirit may bring about an inner transformation that may empower the outward call of the Gospel.’ Then be still and become aware of God’s life in you.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Let God direct your thoughts to someone who needs you to pray for them. Now 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:  Our hands and feet are His.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

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: Let God direct your thoughts to a point of need and struggle in your land. Now pray…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Our hands and feet are His.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 22:28) …for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.

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: Let God direct your thoughts to an opportunity in your church community. Now pray…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our hands and feet are His.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 19:1) The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the word of his hands.

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: Let God direct your thoughts to the schools of your land. Now pray…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our hands and feet are His.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 18:46) The Lord lives!  Praise be to my Rock!  Exalted be God my Savior!

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: Let God direct your thoughts to a global struggle. Now pray…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our hands and feet are His.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 16:11) You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Confession: Lord we examine our witness when we are among those who do not know us.  When we are in shopping queues 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: Let God direct your thoughts to a local neighbourhood issue. Now pray…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our hands and feet are His.

Sunday:

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

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 area of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let God direct your thoughts to the Kingdom of God (His will being done on earth). Now pray…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Our hands and feet are His.

The lamb of God

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 13 – 19 Jan 2020

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

19 January 2020 is the Second Sunday after Epiphany

Isaiah 49:1-7A Servant Song of Isaiah — “I will give you as a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (first of 6 Sundays in 1 Corinthians).
Paul’s greeting to the Corinthian community.
John 1:29-42. John the Baptist tells of the baptism of Jesus and points out the “Lamb of God.” They follow him and tell others they have found the Messiah.

This week is our third and final week in our cycle of confessions.  Find this confessional cycle under the Confession focus for each day.

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: See readings above or use your own reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year.  Pray for a sense of renewal and refreshing for all the members of your church.

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: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

 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: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year.  Pray that those who are fence-sitting may make a decision for Christ that would get them “running the race with determination”!

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

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: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year. Pray that those who are paralysed by hurts and rejection may find courage to move towards healing, forgiveness and be freed to live well.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

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: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year. Pray that Christ may be your church’s Alpha and Omega (beginning and end)!

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

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 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: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year.  Pray that God may give your church members a deep realisation of the importance of reaching out in service for Christ.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

Saturday:

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

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: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year.  Pray that God may lead your church’s members to be sensitive to people in need; to care and love and not to manipulate as we reach out to them.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

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: This week pray for your church community at the start of the year. Pray that God may touch the hearts of those who will be in the worship services today.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I have found my place of service and that is enough for anyone.” (Albert Schweitzer)

The Baptism of Jesus

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 6 – 12 January 2020
Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org
12 January is the First Sunday after Epiphany (the baptism of Jesus)

Use these readings each day in The Word focus below:

Isaiah 42:1-9. “Here is my servant . . . my chosen . . . I have given you as . . . a light to the nations.”
Psalm Response: Psalm 29.
Acts 10:34-43. Peter, preaching to Cornelius and his household, summarizes the life and ministry of Jesus, “beginning in Galilee after the baptism . . .”
Matthew 3:13-17. Matthew’s account of the baptism of Jesus at the Jordan.
We are now in the second week of our three-week confessional cycle. You will find this cycle under “Confession” in the daily focus.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: God is so good, He’s so good to me! (A song of praise)
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 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. Today’s focus: In your heart.
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.[a] 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:

God will make a way where there seems to be no way! (A song of trust)
Adoration Focus:
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: 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. Today’s focus: In your family circle.
Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 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: Father, Jesus, Spirit, I adore you. Lay my life before you. How I love you. (A love song)
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: 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. Today’s focus: in your land.
Personal prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 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: Light of the world you came down into darkness (A song of worship)
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: 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. Today’s focus: in your weekday circles (work, shops etc)
Personal prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 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: Great is the Lord and most worthy of our praise (A psalm song)
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: 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. Today’s focus: in the struggles and pains of this world. (Try to name a few in your prayers)
Personal prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 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: Our God is an awesome God! He reigns on high! (A God exulting song)
Confession: Lord I am so self-focussed 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: 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. Today’s focus: for a specific person you feel draw to pray for.
Personal prayers:
Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 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!” (An encouraging song)
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: 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. Today’s focus: In your church.
Personal prayers:
Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 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)