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Devotional Diary 9 -15 December 2019

15 December is the third Sunday of Advent.

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

Our advent theme: Expecting love! 

Use these readings in “The Word” step below.

Isaiah 35:1-10.   A song of hope to exiles in Babylon…. “Waters shall break forth in the wilderness, streams in the Syrian Desert… a highway shall be there.”

Luke 1:47-55.   Canticle of Mary (the Magnificat).

James 5:7-10. “Be patient . . . until the coming of the Lord.” Consider singing “Wait for the Lord”

Matthew 11:2-11.  John the Baptist in prison sends a question to Jesus: “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his love in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Confession: Mark 12:28-31: “Of all the commands which is the most important? ‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.’  This week examine your life using these two commandments of Christ.  It may be a good idea to write down some of the insights God brings to your life as you do this.  Pray that you may be set free to love!

Today’s suggested focus: Being guided by God’s love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of someone you need to forgive.

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, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “Love is a vulnerable infant reaching out with a tiny hand.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s suggested focus: loving in spite of.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of someone you met recently.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “Love was when God became a man…” (A Christian song)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s suggested focus: being filled with God’s love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of injustice

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus:  “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” (Mark 10:21)  This is how Jesus looks at you today.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s suggested focus: love that makes us reach out.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of Shalom (peace) and the nations of this world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “O Love that wilt not let me go, I scares can take it in.” (A hymn of worship)

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s suggested focus: Allowing God’s love to overwhelm us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of hunger, poverty, no way forward.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus:  “God’s love never stops searching.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: being motivated by love.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of disruption, grief, difficult change.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “God’s love stoops down to pick up the pieces.”

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Today’s focus: expressing love in worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week simply pray as God’s love leads you.  First pray that God would fill you with his love and then reflect on your world through that heart of love.  You will find that your prayers soon flow. Think of worship: how can we better effect God’s love?

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Lord, I pray that today I may love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind and with all my strength; and that I may love my neighbour as myself.