Will you welcome the Lord?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 8 - 14 April 2019

14 April is Palm Sunday

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

Isaiah 50:4-9a. The servant hears God’s word and faces torture with confidence.

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29Hallelujah!  The King has come!

Philippians 2:5-11.   Jesus, our pattern: he emptied himself; God exalted him.

Luke 19:28-40. Luke recounts Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

 This week:  Our adoration focus comes from the opening verses of Psalm 95.  Our confession focus is based on a prayer of an unknown soldier.  You are invited to reflect on this prayer a line at a time and let that thought lead you into confession.  By the end of the week we will have moved through the entire prayer.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Come let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  (Psalm 95:1)

Confession: “I asked for strength that I may achieve; I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.”  (Let these thoughts lead you into confession and healing)

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

            Shared Focus:  Pray that your community may be a forgiving community and that this forgiveness may lead to reconciliation.  Pray that we may find our example for forgiveness and reconciliation in Christ.

            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:  What does the Lord require of you – but to do justly – to love mercy – and to walk humbly with your God.                                                                                                                                                  (Micah 6:8) 

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and praise.  (Psalm 95:2)

Confession: “I asked for health that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity that I might do better things.”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

            Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a supportive community.  Pray that we may take hold of the gift of encouragement with both hands.  Pray that God may enable you to encourage someone today.

            Personal Prayers:

            Dedication:  What does the Lord require of you – but to do justly – to love mercy – and to walk humbly with your God.                                                                                                                                                  (Micah 6:8)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. (Psalm 95:3)

Confession: “I asked for riches that I might be happy; I was given poverty that I might be wise.”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of the poor.  That even those at the lowest rung of the ladder may be treated like those at the top.  Pray that God would abolish favoritism in our midst.  Each one is an important part of the body of Christ.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication:  What does the Lord require of you – but to do justly – to love mercy – and to walk humbly with your God.                                                                                                                                                  (Micah 6:8)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: In His hands are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. (Psalm 95:4)

Confession: “I asked for power that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of hope.  Pray that we may hear words of hope and not despair.  Pray that we may be a place where those who have lost hope may find it.  Pray that our eyes may be open to see Jesus the Light of the World shining in our midst.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication:  What does the Lord require of you – but to do justly – to love mercy – and to walk humbly with your God.                                                                                                                                                  (Micah 6:8)

Friday: 

Adoration Focus: The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. (Psalm 95:5)

Confession: “I asked for all things that I might enjoy life; I was given life that I might enjoy all things.”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Pray that your community may be a community of power.  Power not to laud it over others, not power to make our names great, but power to serve and to pour out our lives for many.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: What does the Lord require of you – but to do justly – to love mercy – and to walk humbly with your God.                                                                                                                                                  (Micah 6:8) 

Saturday: 

Adoration Focus: Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our maker… (Psalm 95:6)

Confession: “I got nothing that I had asked for, but everything that I had hoped for.”

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that your community may be a community of faith.  That we would not just speak words but that our faith would be a biblical faith that walks with God in trust and dares to live by God’s Kingdom values.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: What does the Lord require of you – but to do justly – to love mercy – and to walk humbly with your God.                                                                                                                                                  (Micah 6:8)

Sunday :

Adoration Focus: …he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. (Psalm 95:7)

Confession: “Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered; I am, among all men, most richly blessed.”

Dear Lord forgive us when we do not walk in faith and enable us to walk humbly with our God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Pray that your community may be a community of worship in Spirit and in truth.  That is a community that worships in response to the revelation in Jesus Christ.  Holy Spirit lead us in our worship today.

           Personal prayers:

 Dedication:  What does the Lord require of you – but to do justly – to love mercy – and to walk humbly with your God.