There is a better way…

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 15 – 21 July 2019

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

21 July  is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 8:1-12. Amos proclaims the Lord’s judgment: “The end has come for Israel.” Amos names the economic practices God condemns: trying to rush Sabbath to return to selling, false weights, price gouging, keeping the poor in virtual slavery, and selling the lowest quality goods to the poor.

Psalm 52 .

Colossians 1:15-28. Paul offers a Christology that reflects the depth of growth in the knowledge of God he has previously prayed for the Christians in the region of Colossae. Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the source and destiny of creation itself, head of the church, and agent of reconciliation of all things.

Luke 10:38-42“Martha, Martha, you are fretting and distracted. . . there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part . . .”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: God I look to you for help.  I trust in you, Lord.  Psalm 14:18

Confession: This week we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine your life and them come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Being manipulative.

The Word: See readings above and use during the week,

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today: Those whose dreams are about to be lost.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

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: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: He takes care of his people like a shepherd.  He gathers them like lambs in his arms and carries them close to him.  Isaiah 40:11

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Being insecure.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are struggling to make ends meet.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us in sending his Son to be the way to take away our sins.  1 John 4:10

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Holding on to unforgiveness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are faced with violence on a daily basis.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: In Christ we can come before God with freedom and without fear: We can do this through faith in Christ. Ephesians 3:12

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Not really listening.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are struggling to see any future for themselves and their families.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Friday:

Adoration Focus: I will with you always, even until the end of this age.  Matthew 28:20

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Insensitivity, lack of empathy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who live without any spiritual meaning, who have no faith in Christ.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: The sun cannot hurt you during the day, and the moon cannot hurt you at night.  The Lord will protect you from all dangers; he will guard your life.  Psalm 12:6-7

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Pre-judging other through unrelated past hurts and disappointments.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who are giving up on important relationship in their lives, with spouses, children and other loved ones.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: I told you these things so that you can have peace in me.  In this world you will have trouble, but be brave!  I have defeated the world.  John 16:33

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s barrier: Lack of respect for fellow humans.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for people facing particular hardships.  Today:  Those who have just lost their jobs and are struggling with their confidence and trust in God.  Pray that God may make a way where there seems to be no way.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “…for it is by giving that one receives, it is by self-forgetting that one finds…” St. Francis of Assisi