2019 Daily Devotional 1.8.19

By January 8, 2019 Daily Devotional

Week 1 Day 2  

I. Prayer to enter the Lord’s presence 

Be still for a moment. “Lord I give the day that is past to you.  It is yours.  I give the day that is to come to you, help me to see where you are working and to join you there.  Speak to me during these moments.  I commit them and myself to you.” 

III. Prayer of Confession: 

Lord you are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me of my sin when I confess it to you.  I confess my sin(s) of ______________.  Thank you for forgiveness. (1 John 1:9) 

III. Prayer of Thanksgiving: Choose to be thankful, speak out loud of what God has done. 

Thank you Father for _________________.  Fill my heart and my mouth with gratitude throughout this day. 

IV. Scripture Reflection 

Read:  

Acts 17:22-33 

“Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for 
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’; 
as even some of your own poets have said, 
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ 
29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” 
32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 

Reflect:  

God gives life to all mankind. His desire is to be known and worshipped. His purpose in all of what we experience in His world is that we would seek Him and find Him even though He is not hiding. The difficulties and the blessings are both invitations to experience God.

How have you experienced God personally in your life? 

Respond:  

Confess before God that today and each day, what He has given you and kept from you is for your best because his purpose in everything is that you would know him.  

V. Prayer for others: 

Pray specifically for the concerns of your life and the lives of others.   

VI. Prayer of commitment:  

Lord God I commit to love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind and to Love my neighbor as myself.  Empower me today to love you and others with everything that I am.”  (Luke 10:27) 

This Month’s Scripture Memory:  

January: Psalm 1 

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