Ascension!

 

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 22 – 28 May 2017

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

28 May 2017 is Ascension Sunday, the seventh Sunday of Easter.

These readings are all linked by Ascension themes.

Acts 1:1-11. The story of the final teaching and ascension of Jesus. “Wait until the power of the Spirit comes upon you … then be my witnesses in all the world.”

Psalm 47  An enthronement psalm for YHWH, and a fitting response for this day. “The Lord has gone up” (ascended) here means that YHWH (and for us, Jesus), is Ruler over all the earth.

Ephesians 1:15-23.A theological interpretation of the ascension of Jesus — “that you may know … what is the immeasurable power of his greatness for us who believe.”

Luke 24: 44-53. An earlier version of the last words and ascension of Jesus from the same author. The ascension of Christ forms a narrative bridge between Luke and Acts and a theological bridge between the work of Jesus and the work of his body, the church.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: He holds the whole world in His hands.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Taking on responsibility for someone else’s life.

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…” Link these prayers to your confession focus (pray for that person you have the burden for and place them in God’s hands).

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…I walk in trust with you.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: His love endures forever!

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: change in the world…

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…” Today: pray for an area of life that needs change…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: In Him all things are possible.

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…”  Link these prayers to your confession focus. Today pray for the future of our world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Jesus lover of my soul!

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 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…” Link these prayers to your confession focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: O Sacred King, O Loving Friend.

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Coping financially…

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…”  Link these prayers to your confession focus (pray for the poor today).

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Love crucified, arose…

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: a physical ailment…

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…”  Today pray for someone who is ill or struggling.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: We sing: “God is good God is great!”  Each day thank Him for some way in which He is great and good. Today: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty…

Confession: This week examine the burdens that you are trying to carry on your own.  How can you hand them over to God? Today: Past failures and sin…

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…”  Pray for those who feel they are not “good enough” to be loved (that they may know that God’s love is there for them.)

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet… I walk in trust with you.