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Devotional Diary 25 June – 1 July 2018

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

Sunday 1 July is the sixth Sunday after Pentecost

2 Samuel 1:1, 17, 17-27.   David leads his troops in a public lament for the deaths of Saul and Jonathan.

Psalm 130.  In response to the cry of national mourning, “Out of the depth I cry to you, O Lord!”

2 Corinthians 8:7-15. Last week, Paul placed the ball in the Corinthians’ court to restore their relationship. This week, Paul reminds the church to make good on its past promise to provide generous support for his collection for the poor in Jerusalem. At stake, says Paul, is not only their integrity, but their participation in the global body of Christ. He expects them to give all that they can so that the standard of living for Christians around the world would be more balanced.

Mark 5:21-43. Two more illustrations of the power of the Word to bring abundance of life where no life seemed possible: the healing of a woman with an issue of blood (and so unable to sustain a pregnancy) and the raising of the daughter of Jairus who had died.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 12:7) O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us…

Confession: This week we ask God for a vision of life lived at its best.  This vision should inspire us to take hold of God’s gift of life. Each day ask God to help you take hold of this vision of life in a new way. Today’s focus: Joy

The Word: See readings above or use own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse: Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.”

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: May your Kingdom come, may your will be done, in my life today.  Reign King Jesus reign!

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 11:7) For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice…

Confession: This week we ask God for a vision of life lived at its best.  This vision should inspire us to take hold of God’s gift of life. Each day ask God to help you take hold of this vision of life in a new way. Today’s focus:  Freedom from sin.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse: Psalm 91:15 “He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him.” Pray for those in trouble that they may call on the Lord and find deliverance.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: May your Kingdom come, may your will be done, in my life today.  Reign King Jesus reign!

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 10:16) The Lord is king forever and ever…

Confession: This week we ask God for a vision of life lived at its best.  This vision should inspire us to take hold of God’s gift of life. Each day ask God to help you take hold of this vision of life in a new way. Today’s focus:  Sharing care and love with others.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse:  Philippians 3:1 “Finally my brothers, rejoice in the Lord!”  Pray that a spirit of joy may fill God’s people.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May your Kingdom come, may your will be done, in my life today.  Reign King Jesus reign!

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 9:1) I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.

Confession: This week we ask God for a vision of life lived at its best.  This vision should inspire us to take hold of God’s gift of life. Each day ask God to help you take hold of this vision of life in a new way. Today’s focus: Discovering purpose and calling.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse: Revelation 3:20 “Here I am!  I stand the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him, and he with me.”  Pray that those who do not know Christ may have ears that hear and that they may open the door.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May your Kingdom come, may your will be done, in my life today.  Reign King Jesus reign!

Friday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 8:1) O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is you name in all the earth!

Confession: This week we ask God for a vision of life lived at its best.  This vision should inspire us to take hold of God’s gift of life. Each day ask God to help you take hold of this vision of life in a new way. Today’s focus: Relationships

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse:  Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  Pray that Christians may stand firm in their faith and not be misled by destructive forces that rob us of life.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May your Kingdom come, may your will be done, in my life today.  Reign King Jesus reign!

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 7:10) My shield is God most high…

Confession: This week we ask God for a vision of life lived at its best.  This vision should inspire us to take hold of God’s gift of life. Each day ask God to help you take hold of this vision of life in a new way. Today’s focus: Order out of chaos.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse:  John 13:34 “A new commandment I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love you another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  Pray that God’s church may be united in its love and witness.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May your Kingdom come, may your will be done, in my life today.  Reign King Jesus reign!

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: (Psalm 6:9) The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

Confession: This week we ask God for a vision of life lived at its best.  This vision should inspire us to take hold of God’s gift of life. Each day ask God to help you take hold of this vision of life in a new way. Today’s focus: Trust and faith.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: Praying through the scripture.  Each day you will be given one verse to inspire your prayers for this world. Reflect on this verse and pray as God prompts you.  Today’s verse: Psalm 92: 1+2 “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night…”  Pray that God may increasingly release his church to bring praise to his name.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May your Kingdom come, may your will be done, in my life today.  Reign King Jesus reign!

Storm to stillness…

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 18 – 24 June 2018

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

Sunday 24 June is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 17 (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49.  The shepherd, David, uses the implements of his trade and the power of the Lord to defeat the giant warrior, Goliath. “The Lord does not save by sword and spear” (verse 47).

Psalm 9:11-20.  The psalm celebrates God’s defence of those who are afflicted by catching the offenders in the traps they have made.

2 Corinthians 6:1-13. Tension abounds. Paul argues that his suffering for the sake of the gospel provides all the credentials he needs for the Corinthians to listen to him. The ball is in their court now.

Mark 4:35-41. Jesus treats a storm the same way he treats demons. He rebukes it, and tells it to shut up. Then Jesus rebukes the disciples for their fear — not just of the storm, but of what Jesus did to end it.

In our adoration and confessional focus this week we follow a suggestion from “Signposts to Spirituality” by Trevor Hudson.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance today/tomorrow?”  Focus: Cleansing

The Word: See readings and comments.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your own life: how is God seeking to send you?

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: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?” Focus: New beginnings…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your church. Pray for a specific part of its life of service.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Focus: Breathe in and out, deeply, slowly…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for ministers of the Gospel that they may lead while following Christ.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Focus: Let God’s Spirit fill you…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for your Church denomination or umbrella body that it may embrace its mission and Kingdom of God calling.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Focus: Walk in step with God’s Spirit: find a new rhythm…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for all who are struggling to see themselves as empowered to serve God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession: “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Focus: Find a new centre out of which to live…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for all who are facing opposition and hardship in their service of God.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Ask God to reveal where He has been present to you in the past day. Then ask, “What have I to be thankful for?””

Confession:  “In the past day, what strong moods have I experienced and what attitudes lie beneath them? For what do I need to ask forgiveness?  For what do I need God’s help and guidance tomorrow?”  Focus: Bow/kneel before your God and worship…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for God’s direction and strength in our service in his name.  Today pray for that in our worship we may serve God by lifting up his name.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “I am thine O Lord, I have heard Thy call and it told of Thy love for me…” (Methodist Hymn Book)

I did not know how!

 

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 11 – 17 June 2018

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

Sunday 17 June is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13.  The Lord interrupts Samuel’s grief over Saul’s many failures and sends him to Jesse of Bethlehem to anoint one of his sons as the Lord would show him.

Psalm 72.  Psalm 72 celebrates what a good king would do, what respect he could expect, and what hopes the people might have for him and his reign.

2 Corinthians 5:6-17. Since we are in Christ, a new creation, we are empowered to live for him.

Mark 4:26-34.  Two parables of the kingdom of God: seed scattered that takes root, grows, and leads to harvest, and mustard weed –a woody, fast-growing and spreading, persistent nuisance in Middle Eastern fields…

For our confessions we revisit a cycle of questions (found under the confession focus for each day).    

The prayers of intercession are based on a prayer in “The Methodist Service Book.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. (Psalm 47:1)

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.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Hear us, Lord God, as we pray for your one holy Church: make us all one, so that the world may believe.

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: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

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: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you: grant that Your name may be glorified by all people

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever. (Psalm 45:6)

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: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Guide and strengthen all ministers of your gospel: make them faithful in your service.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.  (Psalm 43:4)

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: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom: Inspire and lead all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world: establish justice and peace among all people.

Shared Focus:

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Friday:

Adoration Focus: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)

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: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Have compassion on all who suffer from any sickness, grief or trouble: deliver them from their distress.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.  Amen and Amen. (Psalm 41:13)

Confession: Lord I am so self-absorbed 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: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Give us courage to do your will in all that we undertake: reveal the life of Christ within us.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Many, O Lord my God are the wonders you have done. (Psalm 40:5)

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: See readings above.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  We praise you for all your saints who have entered your eternal glory: bring us all to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6