Wait upon the Lord

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 1 – 7 February 2021

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

Sunday 7 Feb 2021 is the sixth Sunday of Epiphany

Isaiah 40:21-31  A reading from the “opening salvo” of “Second Isaiah” — a prophecy to Judean exiles in Babylon that their God is sovereign in all the earth and will continue to sustain, support, restore, and lift up God’s servants.

Psalm Response — Psalm 147:1-11, 20c.  The psalm continues the themes of the first reading.

1 Corinthians 9:16-23  Paul writes that he “can’t not” share the gospel, and so has no basis for boasting about his commitment to his ministry. He also describes his strategy of “identification” with others, of coming alongside them and seeking to connect with them as they are.

Mark 1:29-39  Mark recounts, in almost breathless fashion, Jesus’ intensive ministry of healing and exorcism in Capernaum, his withdrawal for prayer, and his determination to move out into the other Galilean villages to proclaim the nearness of the kingdom of God (see Mark 1:14-15).

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “Hallelujah for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.”  Picture God’s reign and praise him…

Confession: The sign at a poolside read: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  This week reflect on the results of swimming (living) without a saviour.  In what areas are you drowning? How can you swim with a saviour in those areas?  Possible focus: Priorities

The Word:  See readings above.  Use at your own discretion during the week.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus:  The Lord is the life giver. This week pray that his full life may fill our hearts.  Each day focus on a particular individual or couple you may know and picture God’s sustaining, refreshing, guiding and invigorating life filling them and setting them free to really live well… Who will you pray for today?

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: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  Don’t face the day ahead without acknowledging your Saviour.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: ‘He gave me beauty for ashes.”  Picture God as the transforming, healing, renewing God and praise him…

Confession: The sign at a poolside read: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  This week reflect on the results of swimming (living) without a saviour.  In what areas are you drowning? How can you swim with a saviour in those areas? Possible focus: time management.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  Don’t face the day ahead without acknowledging your Saviour.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “I am with you always!”   Picture God as the ever-present and caring God and praise him…

Confession: The sign at a poolside read: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  This week reflect on the results of swimming (living) without a saviour.  In what areas are you drowning? How can you swim with a saviour in those areas? Possible focus:  Distress and confusion/God’s peace and guiding word.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  Don’t face the day ahead without acknowledging your Saviour.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “The Lord is my shepherd.”  Picture God as the guide who will bring us safely home and praise him…

Confession: The sign at a poolside read: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  This week reflect on the results of swimming (living) without a saviour.  In what areas are you drowning? How can you swim with a saviour in those areas? Possible focus: Exhaustion/God’s refreshing living waters..

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  Don’t face the day ahead without acknowledging your Saviour.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “God is love.”  Picture God as the source of all love and praise him…

Confession: The sign at a poolside read: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  This week reflect on the results of swimming (living) without a saviour.  In what areas are you drowning? How can you swim with a saviour in those areas? Possible focus: our small picture/God’s big picture

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  Don’t face the day ahead without acknowledging your Saviour.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “You are my beloved…”  Picture God as the one who loves you deeply and praise him…

Confession: The sign at a poolside read: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  This week reflect on the results of swimming (living) without a saviour.  In what areas are you drowning? How can you swim with a saviour in those areas? Possible focus: lack of trust in God/God’s trustworthiness…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  Don’t face the day ahead without acknowledging your Saviour.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Let there be light: and there was light.”   Picture God as the source of all light, radiant and shining like the sun and give him all the praise…

Confession: The sign at a poolside read: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  This week reflect on the results of swimming (living) without a saviour.  In what areas are you drowning? How can you swim with a saviour in those areas? Possible focus: worship that opens our eyes to God…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s Shared Focus.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Swimming is forbidden in the absence of a saviour.”  Don’t face the day ahead without acknowledging your Saviour.