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Devotional Diary 31 October – 6 November 2016

6 November is the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Haggai 1:15b—2:9.Through Haggai, God promises restoration of the splendour of the Lord’s house and tells the leaders to take courage.

Psalm 145: 1-5, 17-2.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17.  Paul advises the people of Thessalonica not to be worried that they have missed the second coming of Christ. He urges them to stand firm in the gospel and teaching they have received.

Luke 20: 27-38. The Sadducees question Jesus about the Resurrection. Jesus traps them in their own trap.

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

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: Praying for a realisation that God is at work in our world.

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: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

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: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: Offering ourselves into the mission and work of God.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

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: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: Hope for those who find no meaning

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

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: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: For the building up of what has been broken down.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

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: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today:  For an empowered church that cares enough to act.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

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: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: For a spirit that shares resources as good stewards.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

 Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Today I will lift up your name in praise O God, because you are…  (Each day complete this sentence in a different way, and use it to praise God’s name.)

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: This week: Praying for vision and mission.  Today: For worship that gives us vision and empowers us for mission and service.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: ”This is my story this is my song!” Lord may your story be the story that I live in the day ahead!

I’m coming to your house today!

 

 

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Devotional Diary 24 -30 October 2016

30 October is the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

 

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4. The prophet is appalled at destruction, violence, and perversion of justice, wondering whether God is listening or even cares.

Psalm 119:137-144. The juxtaposition of the submission in this Psalm and the outrage in Habakkuk is striking. Do not see the Psalm as a “solution” to the prophet’s cry, but rather as part of a spectrum of responses reflecting trust in God in the face of the reality of violence and injustice around us that does not seem to abate.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12. Paul greets the Thessalonians, expressing thanks for their growing faith and their love for one another even in the face of persecution. He assures them of his prayer that they be worthy of God’s call and continue to grow in faith so that Christ may be glorified in and through them.

Luke 19:1-10Jesus says to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to this house.”

Monday:

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

Confession: 2 Peter 1:5-7” …make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, kindness; and to kindness, love.”  Each day examine yourself using the above call by Peter.  Allow God to challenge you in different ways and to fill you with his Spirit of faith, goodness, godliness, perseverance, kindness, self-control and love.

The Word: See weekly readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus we pray for our land.  This time we pray for the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)  to grow in the midst of all our peoples.  Today we pray for 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:  2 Peter 1:5-7 …make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, kindness; and to kindness, love.

 Tuesday:

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

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus we pray for our land.  This time we pray for the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)  to grow in the midst of all our peoples.  Today we pray for joy.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: 2 Peter 1:5-7 …make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, kindness; and to kindness, love.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 92:4 You make me glad by your deeds, O Lord…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus we pray for our land.  This time we pray for the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)  to grow in the midst of all our peoples.  Today we pray for peace.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: 2 Peter 1:5-7 …make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness,  kindness; and to kindness, love.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 92:4 I sing for joy at the work of your hands.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus we pray for our land.  This time we pray for the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)   to grow in the midst of all our peoples.  Today we pray for patience.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: 2 Peter 1:5-7 …make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness,  kindness; and to kindness, love.

 Friday:

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

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus we pray for our land.  This time we pray for the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)  to grow in the midst of all our peoples.  Today we pray for goodness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: 2 Peter 1:5-7 …make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness kindness, and to kindness, love.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 92:8 But you, O Lord, are exalted for ever.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus we pray for our land.  This time we pray for the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)   to grow in the midst of all our peoples.  Today we pray for kindness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: 2 Peter 1:5-7 …make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness,  kindness; and to kindness, love.

Sunday:

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

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus we pray for our land.  This time we pray for the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)  to grow in the midst of all our peoples.  Today we pray for temperance and self-control.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: 2 Peter 1:5-7 …make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, kindness; and to kindness, love.

Be merciful…

 

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Devotional Diary 17 -23 October 2016

23 October is the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

 Joel 2:23-32.  (After the aftermath) The previous verses describe with graphic detail the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah. These verses speak of a restoration to come and later a time when God’s Spirit would be poured out on ALL flesh with simultaneous portents in heaven and earth — while the sky is dark and the moon blood red, people of all ages and stations will prophesy, see visions, and dream dreams.

Psalm 65.  A psalm of thanksgiving for fruitful times, especially for a successful harvest. To offer this psalm in response to Joel is to participate in the promise of abundance to come. Response: “Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices.”

2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18.”The time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race.”

Luke 18:9-14.  A religious leader: “God, I thank you that I am not like other people … ” A tax collector: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: self-righteousness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area. Today: Our home town.

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 put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: false dignity.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: Your country.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: feeling of being hard-done by.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: Your continent.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 149:1 Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: Unforgiveness

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: Middle East.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 149:3 Let them (us!) praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: hard heart.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: Our world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord.  How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

Confession: In our confession this week we examine the barriers in our lives that stop us from humbling ourselves and worshipping God, allowing Him to embrace and kiss us in love and celebration.  Today: boredom.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: God’s mission in this world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 147:7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.

Confession: Today we don’t focus on a barrier, just spend some time praising God and continuing to give us the barriers that you have focused on during the week.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day we look at an area of concern. Lift up prayer needs that relate to this area each day. Today: The Churches that are all around you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go… Psalm 143:8