Trinity – Three in one!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 21 – 27 May 2018

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

Sunday 27 May 2018 is Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6:1-8.  The temple furnishings come suddenly alive for Isaiah as he experiences the realities behind the symbols, living cherubim ascribing triple holiness to “Lord God of Hosts.” In that encounter, he hears himself claimed and called by the Holy, Holy, Holy One.

Psalm Response: Psalm 29. In a polytheistic world, this Hebrew temple song proclaimed that YHWH rules over all other gods in the heavens and on earth.

Romans 8:12-17.  If we have received the Spirit of God, we can and should live from the power of the Spirit, even — and especially — in the face of suffering.

John 3:1-17.  Jesus uses two different metaphors to help Nicodemus understand life in the kingdom of God — being born again by the Spirit and the story of the serpent in the wilderness.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

Confession: Psalm 139:23, 24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Use these verses to open the door of your heart to God’s searching and life-giving Spirit.  Repeat them each day allowing God to go deeper into your soul, remember he comes not to condemn but to save.  Today: Search my motives

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week pray this prayer each day.  Pray the prayer for yourself, for your church, for the churches surrounding you and for the church universal.  We need the Lord to place this desire to pray deep within our lives and the church.  Here is the prayer:  “Lord, help me to pray: to desire to pray, to delight to pray.  Make all my praying joyful with faith, joyful with hope, joyful with love, joyful with your own Spirit pleading with me, urgent with His (i.e. the Spirit’s) yearning behind my inattention, wise with His wisdom behind my dim-sightedness, burning with His fire behind my luke-warmth.  Joyful in the fellowship of the prayers of the saints and of your whole church, above, below; through Him who in heaven makes intercession continually, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Author unknown)

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, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ. 

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. (Psalm 90:1)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my passions.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. (Psalm 89:1)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my actions.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.” (Psalm 87:7)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my habits.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. (Psalm 86:5)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my use of abilities, talents and gifts.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! (Psalm 84:1)

Confession: See Monday’s focus. Today: Search my devotion.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: …you alone are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:18)

Confession: See Monday’s focus.  Today: Search my heart of worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, you have said that we must be born again (from above).   Holy Spirit, birth me today and help me live a brand new life in Christ.