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Devotional Diary 12 – 18 November 2018

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

Sunday 18 November is the twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 1:4-20. A barren woman named Hannah, whose husband has two wives, prays for a child while the other wife despises her.

Canticle of response: 1 Samuel 2:1-10.  “The Song of Hannah.”

Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25.  Christ’s self-offering in obedience to God throughout his life in the face of suffering and death enables us to appear before God without shame. It also emboldens us to offer ourselves as witnesses to God’s salvation through love and good deeds now and until the end of the age.

Mark 13:1-8. The disciples express their awe at the size of the renovated temple campus. Jesus declares it will all be destroyed, but that his disciples should live fearlessly and ignore all claimants to messiahship during those days.

In our adoration and confessional focus this week we follow a suggestion from “Signposts to Spirituality” by Trevor Hudson.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: in God’s embrace.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance today/tomorrow?”  Thought: cleansing

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your own life: how is God seeking to send you?

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: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: food for the hungry.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?” Thought: A new beginning…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your church. Pray for a specific part of its life of service.

Personal Prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: leading, guiding prompting, gentle whispers.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Thought: Breathe in and out, deeply, slowly…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for ministers of the Gospel that they may lead while following Christ.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: awesome glory.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Thought: Let God’s Spirit fill you…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your wider church body or denomination, that it may reach out in Christ’s name.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: comforting, councelling, healing.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Thought: Walk in step with God’s Spirit; find a new rhythm…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for all who are struggling to see themselves as empowered to serve God.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: forgiving, restoring.

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Thought: Find a new centre out of which to live…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for all who are facing opposition and hardship in their service of God.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?”” Possible focus: in community, through others, a warm touch.

Confession:  “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Thought: Bow/kneel before your God and worship…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Praying for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for that in your worship you might serve God by lifting up his name.

Personal prayers:

Transforming Verse: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  (Romans 8:16 NIV)