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Devotional Diary 27 February – 5 March 2017

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

5 March  2017 is First Sunday of Lent

 

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7.  Adam and Eve are tempted by a serpent to distrust God and eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Psalm Response: Psalm 32. A voice of wisdom from one who has sinned, confessed, and known God’s forgiveness.

Romans 5:12-19. Jesus Christ as the New Adam who frees us from the power of sin and death.

Matthew 4:1-11. Matthew’s story of Jesus tempted by the devil in the wilderness.
Lent is a time for examination, confession and rebirth.  Beginning with this week we are repeating a 21-day cycle of confession.  You will find the daily focus for this cycle in the confession slot for each day.  Allow God to speak to you in new ways and lead you into a deeper sense of healing and freedom.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 11:1 In the Lord I take refuge.

Confession: In what areas am I envious?  Does this envy “drive” my life in any way?  How does this indicate a restlessness within my own spirit?  How can my relationship with God help me with envy?

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Let us not forget to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that this week may be one in which you are drawn closer to God.  How is God speaking to you?

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: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 13:5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

Confession: Does a seething anger just wait to rise up within my heart?   Do I find that I am quite controlled until I unexpectedly burst out in a rage?  Do I drive my car aggressively?  Ask God to allow you to acknowledge your anger and release its hold over your life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that you may discover new joy in serving God as he calls you.  Pray that you may be open to this call as it comes to you.

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Wednesday: Ash Wednesday

Adoration Focus: Psalm 13:6 I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

Confession: In the face of crying needs we often choose not to notice or even deliberately ignore them.  Ask God to open your heart to his call to serve.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that you may know the strengthening hand of God in your weaknesses.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me.  Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Confession: Lord, make me aware of the pride in my life; pride that keeps me aloof and apart.  Pride that is rooted in insecurity and a need to prove myself.  Pride that makes me humiliate other human beings.  Lord, help me to make myself vulnerable and to serve rather than be served.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that you may experience this week as a healing week so that you may reflect God’s love and life more clearly.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer…

Confession: Lord, forgive me for alienating myself from this world that you love.  Help me to reach out in love and care.  Help me to make a difference.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that you may be enabled to rest in the knowledge that you are loved as you journey day by bay.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 18:2 …my God is my rock in whom I take refuge.

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I invest huge resources for my own entertainment but am resentful about a minor offering to alleviate another’s deep suffering.  Lord God, I pray for a generous heart.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that your relationships with others may grow in significant ways.  How is God speaking to you?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 18:2 He (the Lord) is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I give all for my own ambitions and lose your call to share in love in important relationships in my life.  Help me to count the cost of loving and discover new joy in giving.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We continue to pray for ourselves.  Today pray that this day may be one in which you learn to worship God in Spirit and in truth.  Give yourself to God in worship today!

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O God, the Holy Spirit, come to us and among us: come as the wind, and cleanse us; come as the fire and burn; come as the dew, and refresh…  (Eric Milner-White, 1884-1964)