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Devotional Diary 27 Jan – 2 Feb 2020

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

2 February 2020 is the Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

 Micah 6:1-8 What does the lord require of you?

Psalm 15 Picks up from our Micah passage.  God transforms lives!

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 It not how clever we are, it is all about God.

Matthew 5:1-12 What is the shape of a blessed life? Who are the blessed?

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the works Thy hand hath made… Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, How great Thy art, How great Thy art…”

Confession: This week our confessional focus is our thought life.  Our prayer is that our thoughts may reflect the Spirit of God and that we may always be conscious of God’s immediate presence with us.  Today, focus on your double mindedness.  What draws you away from your focus on God?  Pray that God’s Spirit may cleanse your thoughts.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week pray for the schools of your land.  Today focus on children as God’s children and pray that they may be see as such by all.

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:  God in all: In your walking – God; In your talking – God; In your life – God; In your strife – God; In your seeing – God; In your being – God; In your days – God; In your ways – God; In your night – God; In your plight – God; In your reason – God; In every season – God; With God I’m bound All around. (David Adam)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “I see the stars I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed… Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, How great Thy art, How great Thy art…”

Confession: See Monday’s Confession.  Today focus on restless thoughts that need to find their peace in God. Pray that God may fill you with His peaceful thoughts.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for the schools of your land.  Today focus on all those called to care for and teach children.  Pray that they may be filled with God’s love and encouragement.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: God in all: In your walking – God; In your talking – God; In your life – God; In your strife – God; In your seeing – God; In your being – God; In your days – God; In your ways – God; In your night – God; In your plight – God; In your reason – God; In every season – God; With God I’m bound All around. (David Adam)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “When through the woods and forest glades I wonder,  And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees… Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, How great Thy art, How great Thy art…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today focus on revengeful thoughts.    Pray that God may break the bonds that tie you to these thoughts and release the object of these thoughts into God’s hands.  Now pray that God fills you with a deep sense of forgiveness and freedom.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for the schools of your land.  Today pray for schools that lack organisation and resources.   Pray for that the children and educators may not lose hope.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God in all: In your walking – God; In your talking – God; In your life – God; In your strife – God; In your seeing – God; In your being – God; In your days – God; In your ways – God; In your night – God; In your plight – God; In your reason – God; In every season – God; With God I’m bound All around. (David Adam)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze. Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, How great Thy art, How great Thy art…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today focus on impure thoughts that crush God’s joy in your life.  Pray that your focus may be on the purity of God and that in Him you may find your joy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week pray for the schools of your land.  Today pray for children that are struggling emotional, mentally, spiritually of physically.  May they know the sustaining presence of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God in all: In your walking – God; In your talking – God; In your life – God; In your strife – God; In your seeing – God; In your being – God; In your days – God; In your ways – God; In your night – God; In your plight – God; In your reason – God; In every season – God; With God I’m bound All around. (David Adam)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in. Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, How great Thy art, How great Thy art…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today focus on thoughts that distract you from the task immediately at hand.  Pray that God may give you the gift of focus, to seek first the Kingdom of God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for the schools of your land.  Today pray for children who are abused at school or at home.  Pray that the root issues may be dealt with and that healing may come.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God in all: In your walking – God; In your talking – God; In your life – God; In your strife – God; In your seeing – God; In your being – God; In your days – God; In your ways – God; In your night – God; In your plight – God; In your reason – God; In every season – God; With God I’m bound All around. (David Adam)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “That on the cross my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.  Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, How great Thy art, How great Thy art…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today focus on selfish thoughts.  Pray that God may enable you to be free to see life through the eyes  of your fellow human beings and to care deeply for them without being crush by their sorrows.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray for the schools of your land.  Today pray for children that are caught up in substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, glue, etc.)  Pray that they may receive the help and care needed.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God in all: In your walking – God; In your talking – God; In your life – God; In your strife – God; In your seeing – God; In your being – God; In your days – God; In your ways – God; In your night – God; In your plight – God; In your reason – God; In every season – God; With God I’m bound All around. (David Adam)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, How great Thy art, How great Thy art…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today focus on thoughts that prevent you from praising God.  Thoughts that see your praise as insignificant, self-conscious thoughts, thoughts of doubt and thoughts that question.  Pray that God may give you release and fill your mind with thoughts of praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray that everyone at your schools may know that God is always close to them and that they may find life and strength in Him.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: God in all: In your walking – God; In your talking – God; In your life – God; In your strife – God; In your seeing – God; In your being – God; In your days – God; In your ways – God; In your night – God; In your plight – God; In your reason – God; In every season – God; With God I’m bound All around. (David Adam)

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)