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Devotional Diary 11 – 17 December 2017

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

17 December 2017 is the Third Sunday of Advent.

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11. The Spirit of the Lord anoints a prophet to bring good news to the oppressed, the broken-hearted, the captives, the prisoners, and the mourning — good news that includes “the day of vengeance of our God.” Why? None of these folks will get much good news unless the current social order is destroyed. When the current order is destroyed, rebuilding of God’s “ancient ruins” can begin (verse 4). In the meantime, the prophet rejoices, clothed in the hope this good news brings (verses 8-11).

Psalm 126. A Psalm of Ascent, one of the Psalms sung by pilgrims as they made their way to the temple after it was rebuilt after the return from exile, as prophesied by Isaiah.

I Thessalonians 5:16-24Final greetings include a prayer that the people may now be and remain “sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (verse 23).

John 1:6-8, 19-28The witness of John the Baptizer concerning his own identity. He is clear he is not the Messiah. The Messiah would have an even more radical ministry than the one this baptizing prophet had introduced. “I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals” could be roughly paraphrased, “If you think I’m the Messiah or even claim to be, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “He is the Lord and He reigns on high.” Kevin Prosch  (In our adoration focus this week we focus on words that we sing.)

Confession: “He is Lord, He is Lord.  He has risen from the dead and He is Lord. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”  This week allow God’s Spirit to examine your heart and show you where there is a stubbornness/sin that stops your knee from bowing and your tongue from confessing.  Then reflect on what your life could be as you proclaim Jesus as Lord and King.  Today’s focus: Caught on a treadmill.

The Word: Use the above Revised Common Lectionary readings or your own reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray for all those who know nothing of God’s love for them.  Pray that this Christmas love may penetrate their hearts.

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: Today, be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “To God be the glory great things he has done!” Fanny J Crosby

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Fear of loss of control.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for a world that needs to share God’s love with each other.   Pray that as we realise that all people are loved by God that we may in turn love each other.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Today, be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Kevin Prosch

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Love of comforts.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that God’s saving power may be known in our lives.   The biblical term “to save” carries with it the sense of being made whole.  Pray that you may know this wholeness in your life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today, be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “He is the King of kings, he is the Lord of lords.” Virgil Meares

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Fear of what you may become/miss out on.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for our world as we embrace the coming of the Prince of Peace.  Being aware of your world, pray God’s peace into any situation you are led to.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “He has risen from the dead and He is Lord.” Kevin Prosch

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: The riches that the Lord has to offer you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that on this day we may all know that Jesus is with us.  Pray this particularly for those who are in grief and alone at this time.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Jesus is the Lord, my Master and my Saviour.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: The nature of the Lord of heaven and earth.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for those whom the church sometimes chooses to “forget”.  Pray for the shut-ins, the poor, the homeless, the hungry, the powerless, the lost. Thank God that he never forgets.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today, be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Lift Jesus higher, lift Jesus higher, life him up for the world to see: He said, “If I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: Falling down in worship before the Lord.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that this day of rest may be one in which we are empowered by the God who has come to us.   In what way would you pray for this empowering in you life?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Today, be the cloud that leads me by day and the pillar of fire that leads me by night.  I will face you in every moment of this day: You are my Lord and King!