Teach us to pray.

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 22 – 28 July 2016

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

28th July is the Seventh  Sunday after Pentecost.

Hosea 1:2-10Hosea obeys God and takes Gomer, a prostitute, as his wife. She bears children whose names are prophetic expressions of the relationship between Israel and God — Jezreel (after an outrageously bloody battlefield), Lo Ruhamah (not pitied), and Lo Ammi (not my people).

Psalm 85As a response to the first reading.

Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19).  The subject matter in Paul’s letter shifts from Christology to Christian living grounded in the reality of being baptized into Jesus Christ. “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit… in Christ the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.”

Luke 11:1-13The disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. Jesus gives them a prayer (The Lord’s Prayer — Luke’s version) and a story of persistence in prayer.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

Confession: In our confessions this week we follow a prayer by Neil Dixon.  This prayer calls us to be more open to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Today: “There will be visions and dreams.  But we are stuck in our ways, for we have stopped dreaming.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us”  (Neil Dixon)

The Word:  See reading above and use creatively during the week.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

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: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. (Psalm 90:1)

Confession: “The believers were together.  But we are so divided.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. (Psalm 89:1)

Confession: “There were sounds of wind and sights of fire.  But we expect nothing new to happen.  Forgive us. Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.” (Psalm 87:7)

Confession: “They spoke with new freedom.  But we are so tongue-tied, too dumb to speak for you.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. (Psalm 86:5)

Confession: “Everyone heard the message.  But we try to reach only the nearest few.  Forgive us, Lord. Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! (Psalm 84:1)

Confession: “The Father will send another Helper.  But we are so self-sufficient, relying on our own resources. Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: …you alone are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:18)

Confession: “The Helper will teach you everything.  But we have stopped wanting to learn or grow.  Forgive us, Lord.  Holy Spirit, come, bless us.” (Neil Dixon)

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for the people of the world.  Each day choose a country and pray for that country and any concerns you may have.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Holy Spirit, ever making life new, the living power of God within us, come, claim us for yourself. Yours we are, now and every day, for the rest of our lives, into eternity.  Thanks be to God!  Amen. (Neil Dixon)