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Devotional Diary 2 – 8 December 2019

8 December is the second Sunday of Advent.

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

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Isaiah 11:1-10.  Isaiah prophesies the coming of a righteous ruler out of the stump of Jesse.

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19. A psalm in praise and intercession for a righteous king, such as the one foretold in Isaiah.

Romans 15:4-13  A call for Jewish believers in Rome to welcome Gentiles into full fellowship, even as Christ, “the root of Jesse,” has welcomed them all. By the power of the Spirit, Jewish and Gentiles alike can abound in hope.

Matthew 3:1-12   John the Baptist appears in the wilderness proclaiming repentance and offering baptism as preparation for the kingdom of God drawing near.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Choose a spot where you can look closely at a flower.  After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: Lord God, I am often preoccupied with rush, deadlines and pressing concerns.  I have neglected to keep watch. This week list the areas of your life that pull you out of “keeping watch”.  As you list these areas pray that God would grow you in trust and obedience.   Pray that he would lead you into a new way of “watchful” living.

The Word: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: The church you are part of.

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, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Think of a meaningful relationship that you have shared or are sharing with someone. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: The Churches in your neighbourhood…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: In your minds eye reflect on a small innocent child. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today:  The outreach of the Church throughout the world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Spend some moments looking into water.  It could be in a pond or even in a glass. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today:  Conflict torn areas of our world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: If possible light a candle and look at the flame (if not just imagine a candle burning). After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: Anyone you know who is seeking for direction.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Look at your own hand. After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: The created world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Reflect firstly on Christ in the manger. Then see him on the cross.  After a few moments lift up your praise to God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply lift up an area of concern.  You are invited to pray into this area as God leads you. Today: For all those who gather to worship God.  That their worship may be a joyful witness to others.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, today I will acknowledge your reality.  I open my heart to you. Lead me to your still waters.  Surprise me today!