Love one another!

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 13 – 19 May 2019

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

Learning to live the resurrection life!  This is still the Easter Season!

(19 May:  Fifth Sunday of Easter)

 Acts 11:1-18. Peter testifies to the saving work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of non-circumcised believers.

Psalm Response — Psalm 148All orders of creation, living and inanimate, are called to praise God.

Revelation 21:1-6God makes a final home among mortals on a new earth in which pain and suffering are no more.

John 13:31-35As Jesus faces the events leading to his execution, he commands his disciples, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

This week:  In our confessions this week we examine different arenas of our lives and ask that God may enable our faith to be lived out in them.  In our intercessions we pray against certain evils in our world.  In these prayers be conscious of our prayer for the dedication of our lives.  Christ has won the victory over evil!

Monday:

Adoration Focus: But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 59:16)

Confession: Lord God we pray that in the quiet moments of our lives, as we become more aware of our inner life, that your Spirit may bring about an inner transformation and connection that may empower the outward call of the Gospel.

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

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray against evil of all kinds.  Today we pray against the evil of apathy in the face of suffering. Lord make us an action community of love!

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:  Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. (Psalm 57:10)

Confession:  Lord God we examine our interaction with our circles of friends and we pray that here we may witness through our lives and words of care and love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray against the evil of corruption.  Lord we pray for our land and all its officers.  We pray against the corruption that is in our own hearts and the excuses we make to justify our behaviour.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me… (Psalm 54:4)

Confession: Lord we examine the works of our hands and bodies.  In our work enable us to build your Kingdom through works of love, justice and righteousness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray against the evil that makes life cheap and indispensable.   We pray against a society that encourages this in various ways. We pray against those who kill for theft.  We pray against those who kill for revenge and out of anger.  pray against war.  We pray against neglected lives and communities.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. (Psalm 52:9)

Confession: Lord we examine our church lives.  Forgive us when we are passengers and lead us into callings of service.  Enable us to live out the Gospel of truth through the body of Christ.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  Today we pray against the evil of prejudice.  For a prejudice that sows small seeds of hate that grow into battlefields of suffering.  Lord God teach us that prejudice against any person is a prejudice against the Creator of all.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: The Mighty One, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.(Psalm 50:1)

Confession:  Lord we pray that we may be guided as to how we can live out our faith in the context of our country.  Lord we find ourselves in this context, enable us to witness and be creative.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray against the evil of materialism – where the entire value of life is seen in terms of material possessions.  Lord help us to find our security in you and to learn that giving is more blessed than receiving.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself. (Psalm 49:15)

Confession: Lord we examine our witness when we are among those who do not know us.  When we are in shopping cues or dealing with strangers at work.  Teach us how to build a positive atmosphere in all our contacts and not just among our inner circle.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today we pray against the evil of unbelief that prevents following Christ.  Where eyes are blinded and hearts are hardened.  Lord we pray that the witness of your church and the work of your Spirit may find fertile ground.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)

Sunday: 

Adoration Focus: For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. (Psalm 48:14)

Confession: Pray for any arena of life where you sense you need to confess and be empowered for new life and direction.  God is with you in every arena of life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we have prayed against evils of various kind. Today you are asked to choose any area of specific concern to you and pray against that evil and pray for God’s light to shine brightly and drive out the darkness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Goodness is stronger that evil; Love is stronger than hate; Light is stronger than darkness; Life is stronger than death; Victory is ours through Him who loves us.  (An African Prayer Book)