The baptism of Christ

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Devotional Diary 2 – 8 Jan 2017

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

8 January 2017 is the First Sunday after Epiphany

Isaiah 42:1-9.  “Here is my servant . . . my chosen . . . I have given you as . . . a light to the nations.”
Psalm Response: Psalm 29.
Acts 10:34-43
Peter, preaching to Cornelius and his household, summarizes the life and ministry of Jesus, “beginning in Galilee after the baptism . . .”
Matthew 3:13-17Matthew’s account of the baptism of Jesus at the Jordan.

We are now in the second week of our three week confessional cycle. You will find this cycle under “Confession” in the daily focus.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: God is so good, He’s so good to me! (A song of praise)

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 your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you. Today’s focus: In your heart.

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: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: God will make a way where there seems to be no way! (A song of trust)

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: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you. Today’s focus: In your family circle.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Father, Jesus, Spirit, I adore you. Lay my life before you. How I love you. (A love song)

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: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you. Today’s focus: in your land.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Light of the world you came down into darkness (A song of worship)

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: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you. Today’s focus: in your weekday circles (work, shops etc)

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Great is the Lord and most worthy of our praise (A psalm song)

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: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you. Today’s focus: in the struggles and pains of this world. (Try to name a few in your prayers)

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Our God is an awesome God! He reigns on high! (A God exulting song)

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: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you. Today’s focus: for a specific person you feel draw to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)

 Sunday:

Adoration: “Let everything that has breath praise the lord!” (An encouraging song)

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: See readings above or use your own devotional guide/readings.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for the year ahead.  This is it, we are having it!  Life abundant is God’s gift.  Each day pray for different ways that this life can find its expression in your life and in the community and world around you. Today’s focus: In your church.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Deuteronomy 6:4-6  4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (New International Version, ©2010)