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Devotional Diary 9 – 15 September 2019

15 September is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

 Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28. The coming conquest of Judah by Babylon will be like powerful hot wind that destroys everything in its path.

Psalm 14. This psalm was not addressing atheism, which would have been a non sequitur in the ancient world, but rather anti-Yahwism. The first line can be more accurately translated “Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is nothing to [your] God.'” Or even, “Your God is nothing!” It is an example of “trash talk” by an invading army.

1 Timothy 1:12-17 (1st of 6 weeks with Paul’s letters to Timothy). Paul begins this first letter to Timothy by identifying himself — and all followers of Jesus — as recipients of incredible mercy to show that God in Christ is out to save sinners.

Luke 15:1-10. Lost sheep, lost coins, and celebration over one sinner who repents — Jesus’ stories in response to criticism that he receives “sinners” and shares meals with them.

In our confession we again visit our set cycle of confession.  From time to time we will repeat this cycle.  Our prayer is that in our confessions God would bring transformation and new life.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I rely only on my own strength and I ignore your call to share in the richness of your infinite resources.  Help me to “plug-in” and to live out of your power.

The Word: See reading above and read a portion each day and reflect.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your families.

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:  Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I fill my life with hurry and never touch base with your order and love.  Help me to listen to your breathing and to be filled with your breath.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your witness.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I live only for what I can get.  Lord, I find it so hard not to get swallowed by the spirit of materialism, and sometimes I don’t even recognise that I am guided by its ethics.  Set me free that I may be guided by your values.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your schools.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

Confession: Lord, I do not have a firm faith, at times I doubt and am unable to trust you. O Lord strengthen my faith I pray, that I may find my peace in you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your church.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

Confession: Lord, I am so reluctant to actively witness to your glory.  Lord forgive me and show me how to witness in loving and creative ways.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your town.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

Confession: Lord I am so self-focused I find it difficult to praise others and even to really lose myself in my praise of you.  Forgive me Lord and give my heart wings to rise up in praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your nation.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on one thing that you are grateful for (It does not matter how small or big it is!), then praise and thank God for that gift. Acknowledge God as the source of all life, beauty and provision.

Confession: Lord you have said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God.”  I have sought first my own kingdom.  Forgive me and help me to have Godly priorities.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  “Christ for the world, we sing: The world to Christ we bring with loving zeal … “  As we pray this week pray for the connection between Christ and this world.  Today: Pray for your own life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Live with zeal as if Christ were coming tomorrow; plan thoroughly as if his coming were delayed.