Monthly Archives: November 2017

Longings…

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary October 27 November –  3 December 2017

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

3 December 2017 is the First Sunday of Advent.

 Isaiah 64:1-9. The prophet calls for God to appear decisively, to “tear open the heavens” so the nations would tremble. He also confesses the need for such decisive intervention — the utter sinfulness of humanity, even of those who are part of God’s covenant. Finally, he changes metaphors — from earthly catastrophe to remaking pots, begging God to be merciful when God comes.

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19: The people cry out for restoration from the midst of exile. “Restore us, Lord God of hosts. Shine the light of your countenance upon us, that we may be saved!”

I Corinthians 1:3-9. In the midst of greeting the Christians in Corinth, Paul points to the end — the coming Day of the Lord — to call them to continue to grow and be faithful in using their spiritual gifts.

Mark 13:24-37. Jesus describes the end and instructs his disciples to be on watch for signs of it.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then we praise God that He is this kind of God. Today: Perfect love for the “unlovable”.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Is your heart filled with earthly passions?  Reflect on the Godly passion above.  Pray that God may fill your life with this Godly passion.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Let the Godly passion identified above lead you in praying for someone or something.

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 the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then we praise God that He is this kind of God. Today: A passion that never gives up.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Is your heart filled with earthly passions?  Reflect on the Godly passion above.  Pray that God may fill your life with this Godly passion.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let the Godly passion identified above lead you in praying for someone or something.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then we praise God that He is this kind of God. Today: Passion that goes the extra mile.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Is your heart filled with earthly passions?  Reflect on the Godly passion above.  Pray that God may fill your life with this Godly passion.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let the Godly passion identified above lead you in praying for someone or something.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then we praise God that He is this kind of God. Today: Passion for righteousness and justice.

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Is your heart filled with earthly passions?  Reflect on the Godly passion above.  Pray that God may fill your life with this Godly passion.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let the Godly passion identified above lead you in praying for someone or something.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then we praise God that He is this kind of God. Today: Passion for all who suffer…

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Is your heart filled with earthly passions?  Reflect on the Godly passion above.  Pray that God may fill your life with this Godly passion.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let the Godly passion identified above lead you in praying for someone or something.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then we praise God that He is this kind of God. Today: Passion for new transformed life…

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Is your heart filled with earthly passions?  Reflect on the Godly passion above.  Pray that God may fill your life with this Godly passion.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let the Godly passion identified above lead you in praying for someone or something.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day we identify some aspect of the passions and loves that fill the heart of God.   Then we praise God that He is this kind of God. Today: For the holiness of worship…

Confession: This week examine the passions of your heart.  What is your heart full of? Is your heart filled with earthly passions?  Reflect on the Godly passion above.  Pray that God may fill your life with this Godly passion.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let the Godly passion identified above lead you in praying for someone or something.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in the day ahead, I choose to share in your passion for this world and its peoples.

Christ the King!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary October 20 – 26  November 2017

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

26 November 2017 is the Christ the King Sunday.

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24. To the people scattered in exile in Babylon (Iraq), the prophet Ezekiel declares the word of the Lord: “I will seek out my sheep… I will rescue them… I will bring them into their own land.” To the Babylonian rulers, God announces that it is God, and not they, who will judge the covenant people, and that God, and not they, will establish a shepherd over them, a descendent of David.

Psalm 100.

Ephesians 1:15-23. Paul reminds the Christians in Ephesus of the glorious inheritance of all believers. The same power that raised Christ from death and placed him above every imaginable power is at work on our behalf.

Matthew 25:31-46. The final public teaching of Jesus. At the Great Assize,” the final Judgment, the King to Come, seated upon a throne and surrounded by the angels, will judge all based on how they have treated “the least of these.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today: Abundance of creation.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God?  Today: Personal fears…

The Word: Use the readings above or your own Scripture reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Each day you may want to pick up your confessional focus here.

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, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today:  Just and merciful judge.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Family….

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Each day you may want to pick up your confessional focus here.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today:  Longing for every single human being.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Country…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Each day you may want to pick up your confessional focus here.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today:  He will transform all things in a wonderfully creative way.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Future security…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…” Each day you may want to pick up your confessional focus here.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

Friday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today:  He will always love you.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: The poor and suffering…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”. Each day you may want to pick up your confessional focus here.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today: He never hesitates to suffer with us.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Health…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”. Each day you may want to pick up your confessional focus here.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!”  Each day thank God for his goodness.  Today: He allows us to enter his gate with thanksgiving!

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Your salvation…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: In our shared focus you are encouraged to pray for those things that burden you and in which you need to trust God “In His time…”. Each day you may want to pick up your confessional focus here.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet…

With these hands…

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary October 13 – 19  November 2017

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

19 November 2017 is the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Judges 4:1-7. After Ehud’s death, the Israelites again began to “do evil.” The narrator tells us this is why they fell into the hands of Jabin, a Canaanite king, The Israelites prayed for God’s help. God used Deborah, a judge, and Barak, a military leader, to free them.

Psalm 123

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.  The Day of the Lord will come at an unexpected time. Therefore, Paul exhorts us to remain sober, faithful, and hopeful, and to continue to build up and encourage one another.

Matthew 25:14-30. Jesus uses a provocative, even offensive story in his description of the kingdom of heaven while teaching in the temple.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: Lord we sing, “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Help us to examine the work of our hands.  Does this work bring joy to you?  Lord, empower us to express your love and your values in our work.   This week bring your work to God.  Today: In my work do I express love?

The Word: Use the readings above or your own Scripture reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all doctors, nurses and health workers.

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 I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: In my work do I express care for the least of these?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for those who are caring for infants and young children.  May their hands reach out in love and tenderness.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today, in my work do I express God’s guidance?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all those who care for the elderly.  May they see the elderly through the eyes of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: In my work do I express God’s creativity?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.   Today we pray for teachers as their hands reach out to write on their black boards and share in the exploration of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today: Is my work an action of worship?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all those who are in love with each other.  We pray that their hands may express a deep respect and care.  Thank the Lord for his rich and varied love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: In my work do I express the rhythms of God?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for the hands that prepare meals to minister to the hungry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Can I rest from my work knowing that all depends on God’s faithfulness and not my efforts?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we thank God for his comforting and empowering hand that reaches into our lives.  Pray for those who have not acknowledged the hand of God that is upon them.  Pray that they may open their hearts to the hand of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead