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Devotional Diary 1 – 7 November 2021

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

Sunday 7 November is the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Naomi guides Ruth through the customs of Hebrew culture to enable her legitimately to find a husband, home, and children. In this way, Ruth becomes the great grandmother of Israel’s future king, David.
Psalm Response: Psalm 127.  Verses 1-2 focus on the emptiness of life without trust in God’s presence and provision. Verses 3-5 speak of the blessing of having children. The theme that binds these two together is the term “house” in verse 1, taken figuratively in the second part to refer to a “household.”
Hebrews 9:24-28.  Unlike the Aaronic priest who enters annually into the Holy of Holies with the blood of a bull and a goat to make ritual atonement, through the incarnation and his life of intercession and obedience even unto death, Jesus Christ entered into heaven itself, offering himself once for all to remove sin, not merely “cover” it (the word usually translated “atonement” in Hebrew means “cover”). At the judgment, Christ will acquit those who have eagerly waited for him.
Mark 12:38-44.  The story of the “widow’s mite” comes immediately after warnings by Jesus about the “home-devouring” practices of the scribes who were expected to use the temple treasury funds to support widows and orphans but used it to support their own lavish lifestyles instead. That is why the widow has only a penny to give, but also why she gives it all — that perhaps others might still be helped, even if meagerly, by what she can offer. Her situation is also a sign of the corruption of this present age and the need for the arrival of the age to come.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God.  Today: Sunshine, light of the world.

Confession: What barriers are preventing you from serving God in this world? Each day bring your life to God asking to be set free so that you can respond to his call on your life.  Today’s focus being set free from: Blaming others.

The Word:  See readings above or use your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom

            Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom.  Today’s focus: Children.

            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)

            Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV) Today, live in grace.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God. Today: New growth, discovery.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: Prejudice.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

            Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Students

            Personal Prayers:

            Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV) Today, live in grace.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God.  Today: Love, God’s heart.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: Anger.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Families.

            Personal prayers:

            Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV) Today, live in grace.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God. Today: Forgiveness, clean slate

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: Guilt.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: The stuggling.

            Personal prayers:

            Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV) Today, live in grace.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God. Today: Worship, connecting with holiness.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: bitterness, unforgiveness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Communities.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV) Today, live in grace.

Saturday: 

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God. Today: Our bodies, worshipping God with all we have.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: being overwhelmed and paralysed.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom: 

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Organisations.

            Personal prayers:

            Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV) Today, live in grace.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a miracle that will lead you into praising God. Today: Peace in the midst of confusion.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: hurt.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Churches.

            Personal prayers:

            Transforming Verse:  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV) Today, live in grace.

Love, love, love…

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Devotional Diary 25 – 31 October 2021

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

Sunday 31 October is the twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Ruth 1:1-18  A Moabite widow, Ruth, determines to continue to live with and support the household of her Judean mother-in-law, Naomi, who had lost her husband and both of her sons.

Psalm 146  We praise God as one who is compassionate to widows, orphans and strangers.

Hebrews 9:11-14  Christ’s self-offering delivers us from sin and its power, while the temple’s sacrifices could only deal with ritual impurity.

Mark 12:28-34 A scribe asks Jesus to state the most important instruction in Torah. Jesus replies with love of God above all and love of neighbor as oneself. The scribe agrees, adding that this is more important than anything the sacrificial system can do or requires.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 31:21) Praise be to the Lord, for he showed his wonderful love to me…

Confession: Lord, I have used my tongue as a weapon of destruction.  I have spoken words that break down and do not build up.  I have despised my heart that has not been able to silence my tongue.  Forgive me and fill me with your words and your heart that seeks for the best for all.

The Word:  See readings above or use your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom

            Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for our own lives.

            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)

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)  

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 30:1) I will exalt you, O Lord…

Confession: Lord, I am part of a people. I am part of a community that fall far short of your Kingdom ideals.  Forgive us I pray and enable us to realise that your Kingdom is among us.  Fill us with your justice, righteousness and peace.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

            Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those we are close to.

            Personal Prayers:

Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 29:2) Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I desire peace but am not prepared to sacrifice and serve in building peace.  Lord help me to follow where you have led and to give myself that others may live in fullness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for someone who is lost and without love.

            Personal prayers:

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus:(Psalm 28:7)  The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.

Confession: Lord forgive me when I make your grace a “cheap” commercial product.  Help me to journey below the surface froth and bubble.  Help me to go deeper.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for the different peoples of our land.

            Personal prayers:

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 27:1)  The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

Confession: Lord, I have neglected the gifts you have given me.  Some have atrophied.  Sometimes a lack of confidence has paralysed me, sometimes I have been caught up in struggle, sometimes I have been lazy.  Lord I pray that I may thank you for your gifts that you have given and that I may use them for your glory.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those who are lost in destructive ways: crime, drugs etc.

Personal prayers:

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

Saturday: 

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 26:8)  I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells.

Confession: Lord, forgive me for my sins of neglect.   Those things which I have not done where You have prompted me into action.  When you speak help me to act.  Help me to develop a habit of listening and responding.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom: 

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for those who have never heard of Christ’s love.

            Personal prayers:

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 25:10)  All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful.

Confession: Forgive me Lord, when I have been difficult to live with.  Forgive me when I have not carried my share of the load.  Forgive me when I have accepted unjust roles just because they have prospered my own comfort and interests.  Help me to make space for and to care for others.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for our realisation of the fact that we are loved deeply by God. Today we pray for a realisation of this love in our worship services.

            Personal prayers:

            Transforming verse:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding” (Prov 3:5)

What do you want me to do for you?

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 18 – 24 October 2021

Sunday 24 October is the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

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

Job 42:1-6, 10-17.  Job acknowledges God’s power and presence and his own need to repent. God restores Job when Job has offered intercession for the “friends” who had misrepresented God.

Psalm 34:1- 22.  A psalm of trust and testimony.

Hebrews 7:23-28.  The writer continues to compare the priesthood of Christ with that of the Aaronic/Levitical priesthood. The Aaronic/Levitical priesthood offered physical sacrifices daily for their own sins and the sins of the people. Christ’s priesthood, a priesthood of intercession, has ended such sacrifices. By offering himself in obedience to God, even to the point of death, Jesus became the perfect and complete channel of intercession for the whole world.

Mark 10:46-52. As Jesus and his disciples leave Jericho for the final journey to Jerusalem, a blind man, Bar Timaeus, seeks healing, is healed, and becomes a disciple himself.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 24:1) The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it…

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 readings above or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom

            Shared Focus: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on the battered and bruised.

            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: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 23:1) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have lost faith.

            Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 22:28) …for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.

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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have stopped caring.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Thursday:

Adoration Focus:(Psalm 19:1) The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on the hungry.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 18:46) The Lord lives!  Praise be to my Rock!  Exalted be God my Saviour!

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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who need a door to open.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Saturday: 

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 16:11) You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Confession: Lord, I am so self-focussed 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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who have found themselves needing help.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 13:6) I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

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: This week: praying that a full life may be available to all. Today: focus on those who do not know how to worship.

            Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Brother, Sister let me serve you…