It’s time to get chewing!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 13 –  19 August 2018

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

Sunday 19 August is the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14.  Solomon succeeds David as King and follows David’s advice (in the preceding and intervening verses) to consolidate his power by isolating or ordering the death of David’s most powerful adversaries. Some years later, he has a dream in which he asks the Lord for discernment to govern, and God promises him wisdom beyond that of any before or since.

Psalm 111.  A psalm of praise in a time of national and religious stability and prosperity. The last verse is the reason this psalm was chosen as a response to the first reading.

Ephesians 5:15-20. The writer advises the churches to be clear minded and grounded in the Holy Spirit. The regular singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs and giving thanks to God in all things are good practices to sustain such groundedness.

John 6:51-58. Here the language of eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ becomes graphic and specific. The Greek verb changes here from “phagein,” a generic term for eating with some symbolic overtones, to “trogein,” a much more specific verb meaning “to chew upon.” This verb was explicitly physical in its referents at the time. The meaning of the teaching for the gospel’s audience: Those, and only those, who gather to offer the Eucharist and so receive the blessed and transformed bread and wine have eternal life. Indeed, the gospel commends Holy Communion as THE means, par excellence, of abiding in Jesus Christ (verse 56).

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104: 1 “O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendour and majesty.”

Confession: Our “thought chains” can bind us and suffocate the fullness of life that Christ wants to give us.  This week identify some thought chains in your life and bring them to God, he is the one who can renew your mind.  Allow God to direct you in a positive thought direction.

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs God’s touch in a special way.

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)

Transforming verse: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:2 “He wraps himself in light as with a garment…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs to know that they are appreciated.

Personal Prayers:

Transforming Verse: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:2-3 “…he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs boldness to confront an issue.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:3 “He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind…”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs to discover their purpose.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:4 “He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs guidance in a struggle.

Personal prayer:

Dedication: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:5 “He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs to be re-united.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Psalm 104:33 “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for someone who needs peace.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: Keep this verse before you through the week ahead:  Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”