Monthly Archives: October 2018

Who do you love?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 29 October – 4 November 2018

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

Sunday 4 November is the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Ruth 1:1-18  A Moabite widow, Ruth, determines to continue to live with and support the household of her Judean mother-in-law, Naomi, who had lost her husband and both of her sons.

Psalm 146  We praise God as one who is compassionate to widows, orphans and strangers.

Hebrews 9:11-14  Christ’s self-offering delivers us from sin and its power, while the temple’s sacrifices could only deal with ritual impurity.

Mark 12:28-34 A scribe asks Jesus to state the most important instruction in Torah. Jesus replies with love of God above all and love of neighbor as oneself. The scribe agrees, adding that this is more important than anything the sacrificial system can do or requires.

Monday:

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

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 devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for our own lives.

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)

Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

Tuesday:

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

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 we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those we are close to.

Personal Prayers:

Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

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: 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 we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for someone who is lost and without love.

Personal prayers:

Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

Thursday:

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

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 we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for the different peoples of our land.

Personal prayers:

Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

Friday:

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

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 we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those who are lost in destructive ways: crime, drugs etc.

Personal prayers:

Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

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 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 we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those who have never heard of Christ’s love.

Personal prayers:

Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

Sunday:

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

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 we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for a realisation of this love in our worship services.

Personal prayers:

Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

See and follow!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 16 – 28 October 2018

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

Sunday 28 October is the twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Job 42:1-6, 10-17.  Job acknowledges God’s power and presence and his own need to repent. God restores Job when Job has offered intercession for the “friends” who had misrepresented God.

Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22).  A psalm of trust and testimony.

Hebrews 7:23-28.  The writer continues to compare the priesthood of Christ with that of the Aaronic/Levitical priesthood. The Aaronic/Levitical priesthood offered physical sacrifices daily for their own sins and the sins of the people. Christ’s priesthood, a priesthood of intercession, has ended such sacrifices. By offering himself in obedience to God, even to the point of death, Jesus became the perfect and complete channel of intercession for the whole world.

Mark 10:46-52. As Jesus and his disciples leave Jericho for the final journey to Jerusalem, a blind man, Bar Timaeus, seeks healing, is healed, and becomes a disciple himself.

Monday:

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

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 own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on the battered and bruised.

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: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

 Tuesday:

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

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have lost faith.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Wednesday:

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

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have stopped caring.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Thursday:

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

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on the hungry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Friday:

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

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who need a door to open.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

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, 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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have found themselves needing help.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Sunday:

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

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:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who do not know how to worship.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Hearing God’s voice

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 15 – 21 October 2018

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

Sunday 21 October is the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Job 38:1-7, 34-41. A voice from the whirlwind (tornado) answers Job and the friends with a series of questions about their ability either to create or provide for the universe, the earth, and its inhabitants.

Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c. A hymn praising God’s work in creation.

Hebrews 5:1-10. Jesus exercised his high priesthood, established directly by God, as was Melchizedek’s, through supplications, prayers, sufferings, and obedience.

Mark 10:35-45. The boldest misconstrual yet of leadership and position in the kingdom of God by disciples of Jesus. Leadership is service, not honor; and position is gained through suffering (cup, baptism, ransom) and God’s initiative, not self-promotion or favoritism.

This week in our daily confessions we begin a new cycle of our 21 day confession.  Remember to let God’s Spirit take you deeper into confession and transformation each time you do this cycle (we will follow it for three weeks)  The cycle will be found under the confessional focus for each day.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 12:7) O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us…

Confession: In what areas am I envious?  Does this envy “drive” my life in any areas?  How does this indicate restlessness within my own spirit?  How can my relationship with God help me with my envy?

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse: Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.”

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)

Transforming Verses: Psalm 139:7-10 “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 11:7) For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice…

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: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse: Psalm 91:15 “He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him.” Pray for those in trouble that they may call on the Lord and find deliverance.

Personal Prayers:

Transforming Verses: Psalm 139:7-10 “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 10:16) The Lord is king forever and ever…

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: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse:  Philippians 3:1 “Finally my brothers, rejoice in the Lord!”  Pray that a spirit of joy may fill God’s people.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verses: Psalm 139:7-10 “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

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, make me aware of the pride in my life.  Pride that keeps me aloof and apart.  Pride that is rooted in 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: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse: Revelation 3:20 “Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him, and he with me.”  Pray that those who do not know Christ may have ears that hear and that they may open the door.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verses: Psalm 139:7-10 “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 8:1) O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is you name in all the earth!

Confession: Lord, forgive me for alienating 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: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse:  Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  Pray that Christians may stand firm in their faith and not be misled by destructive forces that rob us of life.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verses: Psalm 139:7-10 “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Saturday:

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

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: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse:  John 13:34 “A new commandment I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love you another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  Pray that God’s church may be united in its love and witness.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verses: Psalm 139:7-10 “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 6:9) The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I give all for my own ambitions and lose 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: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse: Psalm 92: 1+2 “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim you love in the morning and your faithfulness at night…”  Pray that God may increasingly release his church to bring praise to his name.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verses: Psalm 139:7-10 “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”