The Comforter

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary  15 – 21 May 2017

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

21 May 2017 is the sixth Sunday of Easter.

Acts 17:22-31. God is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’

Psalm 66:8-20.Despite persecution and difficulty, the people of God continue to offer themselves with thankful sacrifice, wherever they are.

1 Peter 3:13-22. Christ suffered and died for all people in all times and everywhere. Christians, wherever they are, are to be ready to give an account for the hope that is in them.

John 14:15-21 Jesus says he will give the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to be with and in his disciples forever, wherever they go.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” The Sun, moon, all that shines with light…

Confession: Lord we sing, “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Lord, help us to examine the work of our hands.  Does this work bring joy to you?  Lord, empower us to express your love and your values in our work.   Today’s focus: creativity. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all doctors, nurses and health workers.

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 give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” Fishes, whales and water wonders…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: healing. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for parents who are nursing infants.  May their hands reach out in love and tenderness.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Buck, lions, elephants and marvellous mammals…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: comfort. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all those who care for the elderly; those who reach out a hand to help them walk with steadiness.  May they see the elderly through the eyes of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Praying mantis, bees and interesting insects…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: bringing order. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.   Today we pray for teachers as their hands reach out to impart knowledge and share in the exploration of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Roses, daisy and fantastic flowers…

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: construction. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for all those who are in love with each other.  We pray that their hands may express a deep respect and care.  Thank the Lord for his rich and varied love.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…” Mountains, canyons and stretching landscapes…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: shaping and molding. (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for the hands that prepare meals to minister to the hungry.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  Sisters, brothers and faithful family…

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: worship.  (Think first of how God’s hands express this value and then offer up your hands to share in that work).

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we thank God for his comforting and empowering hand that reaches into our lives.  Pray for those who have not acknowledged the hand of God that is upon them.  Pray that they may open their hearts to the hand of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord I give you my hands in service for this day that lies ahead