We’re expecting!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 26 November – 2 December2018

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

Sunday 2 December  is the first Sunday of the Advent: We are expecting!

 (These readings lead us into the season of Advent: Expecting the Lord who comes to us!)

Jeremiah 33:14-16.  “The days are coming when I will fulfill the promise,” the prophet tells the people of Judah in exile in Babylon. The promise is for a leader, a “righteous branch” from the house of David, to bring justice and righteousness to the land then lying in ruins. This promised leader would later be known in Judaism as “Messiah,” and the reign he would establish, “the messianic age.”

Psalm 25:1-10  Reflecting on this psalm, pray and hear in the voice of those in exile who have waited and still wait. In your waiting, confess with them the need for God to sustain you daily, to cleanse you from sin, and lead you in paths of righteousness here and now.

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13. Today’s reading flows as a kind of a blessing in response to the Psalm. In Jesus, the love and righteousness longed for have been provided. In the community called church, such love and righteousness may not only abound but continue to make us perfect in holiness until the final coming of Christ.

 Luke 21:25-36. The signs of the end Jesus announces look different from what the folks who first heard Jeremiah’s prophecy may have expected. In the immediately preceding verses, Jerusalem is destroyed, not “established forever.” It is worldwide suffering accompanied by unstoppable cataclysm, not the progressive development of a golden age of “peace on earth, goodwill to men,” that marks the promised redemption. Don’t be lulled, Jesus warns! Stay awake and alert to suffering; that’s where you’ll see God’s reign coming in power, beginning now.

This week we focus on living with Christ as our King:

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Christ our King reigns over all things,

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: Your reign sought not your own will but the Fathers will. Can we say with Christ: Not my will but yours?

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

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

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: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Christ our King created all things.

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: Your reign found purpose and mission in being sent.  Can we say with you: As the Father has sent me?

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Christ our King holds all things together.

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: Your reign seeks salvation and wholeness for all.  Can we say with you: I come not to condemn but to seek God’s salvation?

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: In Christ our King, all things (including us) find their completion and place.

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: Your reign expresses sacrificial love: a love that pours out itself for others. Can we say with you:  I came not to be served but to serve and give my life…

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: As we bow before Christ our King we find that He is perfectly trustworthy.

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: Your reign has declared; everything for the Father’s glory!  Can we say with you: I live to bring glory to the Father?

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus:  Christ our King is the suffering servant: He lays down his life for all the world.

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example: You are the originator of all that we are.  May all that we think and do find its beginning in your prompting.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Let us worship Christ the King!

Confession: Christ our King we now examine how we allow your reign to be expressed in our lives; both our personal lives and also our lives shared together as a body of Christ with you as our head.  In this we seek to follow your example:  May all our actions and words express your heart.  And in our moment of rest may we know that you are the completion of all things.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for specific areas where God’s reign needs to be expressed more clearly.  His reign brings love, peace, righteousness, justice, provision, faith, light…   Pray the fruits of God’s reign into a new situation each day.  Allow God’s Spirit to guide you as to what you need to pray for.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: You first in our lives: Reign King Jesus reign!