Take up your cross and follow!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 19 – 25 February 2018

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

Sunday 25 Feb 2018 is the second Sunday of Lent.

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16  El Shaddai (God of the Mountains/God of Compassion) calls Abram to be exclusively loyal and offers to covenant with him to make him (to be renamed Abraham) the father and Sarai (to be renamed Sarah) the mother of many nations.

Psalm Response: Psalm 22:23-31The Lord’s acts of deliverance for one people in one age will lead to generations of praise to the Lord worldwide.

Romans 4:13-25Paul reminds the Jewish-Christian congregations in Rome that the founding stories of Judaism point to a God who graciously offers to include people in covenant on the basis of faith, not perfect obedience to the law.

Mark 8:31-38Following Jesus means following him to his death, and possibly our own. Jesus tells the disciples that he will suffer and die at the hands of the religious authorities. Peter rebukes him privately, but Jesus rebukes Peter in front of all the other disciples. Jesus then turns to the crowds to declare that all who want to be his followers must take up their cross and follow him. If you’re in this for yourself, you will lose everything. But if you’re in this to follow Jesus and see the gospel lived, even if you die, you’ve gained it all.

 Confessions during Lent:  During this time we will be using our cycle of confessional prompts which you will find under the confessional focus for each day.  (Every time you use these questions let God’s Spirit search your heart and go deeper.  Then allow Him to fill your heart with his love.)  Remember God offers us transformation and hope.

Monday:

Adoration Focus:  Hallelujah for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Each day focus on some way in which God reigns.  Today: His unfolding plan.

Confession: In what areas am I envious?  Does this envy “drive” my life in any areas?  How does this indicate a restlessness within my own spirit?  How can my relationship with God help me with my envy? (Every time you use these questions let God’s Spirit search your heart and go deeper.  Then allow Him to fill your heart with his love.)

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today: Praying for your church.

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 Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Hallelujah for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Each day focus on some way in which God reigns.  Today: His ever-present offer of 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.  (Every time you use these questions let God’s Spirit search your heart and go deeper.  Then allow Him to fill your heart with his love.)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today: Praying for your town/city.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Hallelujah for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Each day focus on some way in which God reigns.  Today: The repeated cycles of life and the opportunity for renewal within them.

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. (Every time you consider these things let God’s Spirit search your heart and go deeper.  Then allow Him to fill your heart with his love.)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today: Praying for your province.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Hallelujah for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Each day focus on some way in which God reigns.  Today: the glory of creation.

Confession: Lord, make me aware of the pride in my life.  Pride that keeps me aloof and apart; pride that is rooted in an 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: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today: Praying for your country.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:            O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Hallelujah for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Each day focus on some way in which God reigns.  Today:  The judge who restores all things to righteousness.

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: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today:  Praying for your continent.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:            O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Hallelujah for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Each day focus on some way in which God reigns.  Focus:  The fact that life is sustained moment by moment

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I invest huge resources for my own entertainment but will be 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: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today:  Praying for your world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:            O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Hallelujah for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Each day focus on some way in which God reigns.  Focus:  The Resurrection.

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: This week you are asked to focus on an area and then pray as the Spirit of God leads you to.  Today: Praying for the church universal (the whole entire church).

Personal prayers:

Dedication:            O Spirit of God, mighty river, flow over me, in me, through me.  O Spirit of God, cleanse me, purify the channels of my life.  O spirit of God, bear me along with thy flood of life-giving service…  O Spirit of God, mighty fire…, may the flames of thy love ever blaze upon the altar of my heart. (Charles Devanesan)