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Devotional Diary 18 – 24 February 2019

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

24 February 2019 is the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Genesis 45:3-11, 15. Joseph summarises his story: God is at work preserving and caring for God’s people.

Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40. A response to the Joseph story: if we trust in the Lord, he works through the circumstances of  our lives.

1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50. How are the dead raised? It is a story of continuity and also transformation.

Luke 6:27-38. The sermon on the plain continues. What is our attitude towards ‘enemies’? How do we judge those who demand our time and attention?

 This week’s suggestion:  Don’t be too quick to move off the adoration focus.  Read the verse and spend a couple of minutes meditating on it and responding before moving into confession.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Yet you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true. (Psalm 119:151)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our pride.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: God calls and we offer ourselves in response, discovering who we are. This week pray focussed prayers for the world as you encounter it.  What circles do you engage with?  As you pray for these areas each day, begin to think of ‘call’: What service may God be calling you to?  Or how may God be guiding you in terms of the service that you are already involved in?

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 we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord is God and he has made his light shine upon us.  (Psalm 118:27)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our self-sufficiency.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus. Today think home.

Dedication: Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus:  For great is His love towards us… (Psalm 117:2)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our short-sightedness and distorted vision.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:

Personal prayers: See Monday’s focus. Today think church.

Dedication: Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord protects the simple hearted… (Psalm 116:6)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big. Forgive our inability to realise the gift of your Spirit.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:

Personal prayers: See Monday’s focus. Today think friendship circles.

Dedication: Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Not to us, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.  (Psalm 115:1)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big. Forgive our tendency to hold all the praise for ourselves.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus. Today think neighbourhood.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord… (Psalm 114:7)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our parochial care that limits the spread of your kingdom.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus. Today think land.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.  (Psalm 113:3)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive us when we worship a “small” God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus. Today think world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.