Monthly Archives: October 2019

Salvation comes knocking!

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Devotional Diary 28 October – 3 November 2019

3 November is the Twenty-first 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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly 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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly 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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly 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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly 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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly 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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly 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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

Humble yourself…

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Devotional Diary 20 -27 October 2019

27 October is the Twentieth 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 worshiping 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

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?