With these hands…

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary October 13 – 19  November 2017

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

19 November 2017 is the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Judges 4:1-7. After Ehud’s death, the Israelites again began to “do evil.” The narrator tells us this is why they fell into the hands of Jabin, a Canaanite king, The Israelites prayed for God’s help. God used Deborah, a judge, and Barak, a military leader, to free them.

Psalm 123

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.  The Day of the Lord will come at an unexpected time. Therefore, Paul exhorts us to remain sober, faithful, and hopeful, and to continue to build up and encourage one another.

Matthew 25:14-30. Jesus uses a provocative, even offensive story in his description of the kingdom of heaven while teaching in the temple.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: Lord we sing, “I sing for joy at the work of your hands…”  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.   This week bring your work to God.  Today: In my work do I express love?

The Word: Use the readings above or your own Scripture reading plan.

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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: In my work do I express care for the least of these?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for all those who lend helping and loving hands.  Today we pray for those who are caring for infants and young children.  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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today, in my work do I express God’s guidance?

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.  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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: In my work do I express God’s creativity?

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 write on their black boards 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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today: Is my work an action of worship?

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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: In my work do I express the rhythms of God?

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: Each day spend a few minutes in stillness before the greatness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today: Can I rest from my work knowing that all depends on God’s faithfulness and not my efforts?

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