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Devotional Diary 15 – 21 August  2016

21st  August is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Jeremiah 1:4-10.  Jeremiah’s calling: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you . . . you shall go to all to whom I send you . . . . to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Psalm Response: Psalm 71:1-6. This psalm picks up on the fortress and youth motifs of the reading from Jeremiah.

Hebrews 12:18-29.  Worship in the “unshakeable” kingdom we have inherited is not “hands off” or “back away,” but come in and join the fellowship of angels, martyrs, prophets, God the judge of all, and Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. And it is not just a symbolic material representation of spiritual realities, but an invitation to encounter those very realities directly, ourselves. How can we but express thanksgiving, with reverence and awe, when we worship?

Luke 13:10-17. Jesus heals a woman on the sabbath who had been crippled for eighteen years and confronts an outraged leader of the synagogue.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: This week: Focus on Psalm 145. Today verse 1: “I will exalt you, my God and King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: Pride

The Word: See readings above and read a section each day.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that our salvation lies in 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)

Dedication:  Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:2 “Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: Self-sufficiency.

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:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:3 “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: Falling short.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that God is for us and not against us. Today we pray for someone who is angry towards God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:4 “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: God’s forgiveness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that God unites us. Today we pray for the different peoples of our land.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:5 “They will speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: God’s mighty power.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that God always finds us.  Today we pray for those who are lost in destructive ways: crime, drugs etc.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:6 “They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on  your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: The transforming Spirit of God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are sent out in God’s love.  Today we pray for those who have never heard of Christ’s love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 145:7 “They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”

Confession: This week: “Unless the Lord builds the house the builders labour in vain.” (Psalm 127:1). Each day focus on a way in which you try to build the house (your life) on your own and then how you can trust the Lord for his work in your life. Today’s key word: New birth.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we can only worship in the Spirit of God.  God both enables us to worship and is the One worshipped.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have chosen to love us, may we choose to love others today