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Advent 2: It is getting closer…

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 30 November – 6 December 2020

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

6 December 2020 is the Second Sunday of Advent.

Isaiah 40:1-11. Three prophecies declare the hope of God’s coming to rescue the exiles from captivity. In verses 1-4, a voice is to cry out “Prepare God’s way” as a highway forms across the desert from Babylon to Judea. In verses 5-8, a second cry announces human ephemerality and the eternality of God’s word. In verses 9-11, whoever may be keeping some sort of watch in Jerusalem, a city in ruins, is called to declare from the highest height the victory of God bringing the exiles home and sustaining them.

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13.  A response of thanks and trust in God’s deliverance.

2 Peter 3:8-15a.  The coming fiery destruction or purification of the world as we know it means that we now, in the face of that, must strive for lives of holiness. We are called to make the present age a place where righteousness is at home even as we wait for new heavens and earth after that great conflagration.

Mark 1:1-8. The gospel begins with the ministry of John the Baptizer, calling all to repentance and baptism for forgiveness to get ready for the kingdom of the one to come, the one who baptizes not only with water, but with the Holy Spirit.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his love in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Confession: Mark 12:28-31: “Of all the commands which is the most important? ‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.’  This week examine your life using these two commandments of Christ.  It may be a good idea to write down some of the insights God brings to your life as you do this.  Pray that you may be set free to love!

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow.

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 pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “Love is a vulnerable infant reaching out with a tiny hand.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “Love was when God became a man…” (A Christian song)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus:  “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” (Mark 10:21)  This is how Jesus looks at you today.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “O Love that wilt not let me go, I scares can take it in.” (A hymn of worship)

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus:  “God’s love never stops searching.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “God’s love stoops down to pick up the pieces.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Advent 1 God is coming!

Rhythm

Devotional Diary October 23 – 29 November 2020

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

29 November 2020 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: See readings above or use our own devotional aid.

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 16 – 22  November 2020

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

22 November 2020 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…