Lent lament!

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Devotional Diary  11 – 17 March 2019

17 March is the second Sunday in Lent.

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

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18. God establishes a covenant with Abram to make him a “father of many nations.”

Psalm 27. When we embrace the covenant God makes with us in baptism, we can sing “The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Philippians 3:17-4:1.Our citizenship (the strongest Roman analogy to covenant) is in heaven, and the power of God manifest   in Christ’s resurrection will transform us to be conformed to the body of Christ’s glory.

Luke 13:31-35. Jesus laments over the resistance of “Jerusalem” to the word of God.

This week’s focus: Making a difference by going into the world as a Kingdom of God person. For our confession we revisit our 21-day cycle of confession (found under the Confession focus for each day).

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of love.

Confession: In what areas am I envious?  Does this envy “drive” my life in any areas?  How does this indicate restlessness within my own spirit?  How can my relationship with God help me with my envy?

The Word: Use above readings or your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Reflect on your surroundings through the Kingdom of God window.  Focus on God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven.  Ponder the values of God’s Kingdom: His love, righteousness, justice and peace.  Think of His care for the outcast and poor and despised.  List any prayer concerns that are raised up by God’s Spirit within your heart.  Using this exercise make a list of prayer concerns that you can pray into each day this week.  You are invited to write these into the shared focus points for each day.  If needs be, come back to this reflective exercise and renew your list during the week.

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:  Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of joy.

Confession: Does a seething anger just wait to rise up within my heart?   Do I find that I am quite controlled until I unexpectedly burst out in a rage?  Do I drive my car aggressively?  Ask God to allow you to acknowledge your anger and release its hold over your life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of all hope.

Confession: In the face of crying needs we often choose not to notice or even deliberately ignore them.  Ask God to open your heart to His call to serve.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of comfort.

Confession: Lord, make me aware of the pride in my life.  Pride that keeps me aloof and apart.  Pride that is rooted in insecurity and a need to prove myself.  Pride that makes me humiliate other human beings.  Lord, help me to make myself vulnerable and to serve rather than be served.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of peace.

Confession: Lord forgive me for alienated myself from this world that you love.  Help me to reach out in love and care.  Help me to make a difference.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of trust and faith.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I invest huge resources for my own entertainment but will be resentful about a minor offering to alleviate another’s deep suffering.  Lord God, I pray for a generous heart.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Lord God, you are the fountain of praise and worship.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I give all for my own ambitions and loose your call to share in love in important relationships in my life.  Help me to count the cost of loving and discover new joy in giving.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s shared focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Living Christ, open our eyes to see you in the world around us; open our hearts to the inclusiveness of your love; and open our minds to reflect on your purpose to reconcile all things to yourself. (IBRA)