What are you chasing?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 30 September – 6 October 2019

6 October is the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

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

Use these readings in “The Word” step below:

Lamentations 1:1-6The destruction prophesied has come. Jerusalem and the temple are ruins. Exile from Jerusalem and Judah has begun. The prophet gives voice to the people’s lament: “Her foes have become her masters… because the Lord has made her suffer for the multitude of her transgressions.”

Psalm 137.  One of the most painful of all the psalms and a fitting and realistic response to the first reading.

2 Timothy 1:1-14. Paul’s greeting and opening exhortation in the second letter: Remember who you are, rekindle the gift in you, don’t be afraid. There is no shame in suffering when it comes from trusting and obeying the Lord.

Luke 17:5-10. Jesus teaches on faith and status. The disciples ask for more faith; Jesus says they need a different kind. They appear to want to be treated as equals of powerful persons; Jesus tells them to regard themselves as slaves who can’t be sold for profit.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our hope.

Confession: Jesus Christ offers us a process of death to resurrection: we can die with Christ and be raised with Him.  This process transforms our lives.  What needs to die within us? What needs to be raised?  Each day kneel at the foot of the cross and bring something to God that needs to die, and then stand up and acknowledge a resurrection in terms of that issue or struggle.  Then walk in the newness of life that He brings you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in our personal lives we may walk in the light.

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:  Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our love.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in the government of our land we may walk in the light and know that that light shines upon us.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our joy.

Confession: See Monday’s confession

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in our hospitals and health care we may walk in the light.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our peace.

Confession: See Monday’s confession

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray for your police services that they may walk in the light and know that light shining upon them.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our thanksgiving.

Confession: See Monday’s confession

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in your church life we may walk in the light and know the light of Christ shining on us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our fellowship.

Confession: See Monday’s confession

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in your educational institutions we may walk in the light and know the light of Christ shining on us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: This week we praise God as the foundation of our lives. Today we praise God as the foundation for our worship.

Confession: See Monday’s confession

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  This week: praying that the world may walk in the light of God. (See 1 John 1:7)  Today: Pray that in your worship we may worship in the light and know the light of Christ shining on us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, in this day that is ahead of me, I commit myself to walking in your light.  Lord, shine on me!