Daily Devotions: June 1st June 14th

Why do we make disciples?

Monday 1st June

Read: Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

Reflect: There seems to be much talk about why we should talk to others about Jesus. Well, as we look at the scripture here in Matthews Gospel it tells us to ‘go’ and make disciples. This is the command given by Jesus; to go and obey.

Respond: Could you think throughout the week of ways how you might ‘go’ and share Jesus with others? Why not make a list and be creative?

Pray: Dear God.  Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I might obey your teaching. I ask this in Jesus name.

 

Tuesday 2nd June

Read: 2 Corinthians 17 & 20

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! 

20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

Reflect: When we enter into a relationship with Jesus, our old lives are gone. We live as new creations. Then, full of the Holy Spirit we are commissioned as ambassadors of Christ to represent him on earth. Just think, your new identity is to serve God and tell others the good news of Jesus Christ. What an honour.

Respond: Keep thinking of ways you can witness to Jesus.  Look into the bible and see how people encountered him.

Pray: I thank you God that because of Jesus’s death and resurrection, I am a new creation. Empower me to step out of my comfort zone and do the works of Jesus.  Amen.

 

Wednesday 3rd June

Read: Matthew 10:6

Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go preach this message: ‘the kingdom of heaven is near.’

Reflect:  There it is again…the ‘go.’  A shepherd’s work never ceases. He loves his sheep, he feeds them and protects them. Sometimes they wonder off and he sacrificially labours to bring them home.

Respond: Continue in prayer for those you know who have wandered off Gods path. How is your list going, and the creative ways to shine Gods light to your family and friends?

Pray: Show me the path of life, O God. In your presence is the fullness of joy. (Psalm 16.11) Amen.

 

Thursday 4th June

Read: 1 Thessalonians 1:8 (Msg)

‘Your lives are echoing the Master’s Word…. The news of your faith in God is out. We don’t even have to say anything anymore – you’re the message!’

Reflect: It is so wonderful to be loved by God, and to be chosen as his disciples. Stop for a moment and ponder his love for you. It runs so deep.

Respond: Jesus touched many people’s lives and people were changed. He talked with people, ate with them, showed interest in them, he asked them questions. Could you show his love by a telephone call, a letter, baking a cake, offering to hold them in your prayers; especially for healing, meeting in a park (2 metres away), talking over the fence, or on the door step or social media platforms?  We are his messengers. Messengers with good news.

Pray: Thank you Lord for loving me, for calling me, and for using an ordinary person like me to be your message of hope. May others know of your love today. I ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.

 

Friday 5th June

Read: Psalm 67:2 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Send us out all over the world so that everyone everywhere
will discover your ways and know who you are
and see your power to save.

Reflect: I use to have a pen-pal. I wrote letters and received some back. They always gave me joy. They were sent with love. God sent his Son Jesus for us, because of love.

Respond: Write a letter to God, expressing your love to him. You could send it by praying it to him as part of your worship?  Keep thinking of ways you can witness to Jesus.

Pray: Lord, you are ever watchful and bless us with your gifts;

as you provide for all our needs, so help us to build only what pleases you,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Saturday 6th June

Read: Mark 1:17
‘Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’

Reflect: God has given each of us unique gifts and talents. God gives us different passions so everything he wants done in the world gets done. In Christ we are called to share Jesus with others. He will help us in this.

Respond: Let’s look back to this week. Why do we make disciples? Because Jesus commissioned us to do so as his messengers of hope.  The Holy Spirit will lead us to people whose hearts are prepared to respond to the good news.

Pray: May the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever. Amen

 

Sunday 7th June

Read: John 13.34-35
‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’

Reflect: How wonderful to be loved by God, and with that amazing love, love others. Is there someone in the family of God who can encourage you in your journey as a disciple? Someone who will pray with you, and encourages you in your faith, helping you to seek and love others?  Listen to God and see how he nudges you…

Respond: In your conversation with the Lord, ask him to strengthen you, increase your faith and give opportunities to share faith. The Great Commission is our commission.

Pray: Thank you Lord for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you that you are able to bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes. Thank you for your great love and care. Amen

Who should we talk to?

Monday 8th June
Read: Luke 10:5-6
‘When you enter a house, first say, “Peace to this house.” If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.

Reflect: There are so many in our community who haven’t heard the gospel. Where do we begin to reach them?  We do it by seeking God and praying.

Respond: Ask God to nudge you; to lay people on your heart. Stop and listen. He will tell you who they are. Listen for 5 people. These may be friends, family or colleagues?  These people will be receptive to the gospel. They are known as ‘people of peace.’ God’s peace will rest on them, as you continue to pray daily for them.

Pray: Dear God, I thank you for the people of peace in my life. Please continue to open their hearts, open my mouth and open heaven and reveal yourself to them by the power of your Holy Spirit. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.   (3 O’s prayer)

Tuesday 9th June
Read: John 4:39
39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I’ve ever done.’

Reflect: The story in John 4 reveals the conversations the woman at the well had with Jesus. She was a person whom the Spirit had prepared to receive the message. She was a person of peace.

Respond: Keep asking in prayer, who are the people God wants you to reach?

Pray: Father God, thank you that every experience in my life is like treasure. Please use my story with all its treasures, to be heard by my people of peace. Amen

Wednesday 10th June
Read: John 17:20
‘My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.’

Reflect:  Jesus prayed for his disciples as he sent them into the world. In verse 20, he prays for all believers, for generations, that they will respond to the message of hope and peace of the gospel, then turn and believe.

Respond: Faithfully continue daily prayer that your people of peace would receive your message. Remember the 3 O’s prayer from Monday? Use this model of prayer to help you.

Pray: Oh Lord, establish the work of our hands and bless our words. Let your beauty be upon us loving Father. Amen 

Thursday 11th June
Read: Acts 2:42 & 47
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Reflect: I encourage you today to press on and fix your eyes on Jesus, to seek him in prayer. It is particularly challenging in lockdown to focus. Be assured, even if you pray only occasionally, God will hear our combined prayers and by his Spirit will open hearts.

Respond: Is it easier to set a specific time to pray for your people of peace? While cleaning your teeth, brushing your hair, sitting with a cup of tea and the bible, driving in the car, gardening, your daily walk or exercise? Keep asking in prayer, who are the people God wants you to reach?

Pray: Dear Father, hear our prayers and stir those far from you. Increase our faith we ask, that we may see signs and miracles of you at work and glorify your name! Amen.

Friday 12th June
Read: Acts 16:25-26
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

Reflect: Who would image that the power of the Lord could bring freedom by the prayers and songs of the faithful believers? Take a moment to let this sink in.  Does this inspire you to pray?

Respond: Sing/listen your favourite hymn or worship song. Praise God for what he will do as a result of your prayers. Continue to pray for your people of peace. Have you seen a change in their hearts?

Pray: Even though the day be laden and my task dreary and my strength small, a song keeps singing in my heart.

For I know that I am Thine. I am part of Thee. Though art kin to me, and all my times are in Thy hand.  Amen.    Alistair Maclean

May God bless our Queen on her birthday. May she know your presence and joy with her this day. Amen.

Saturday 13th June
Read: Acts 16:31
31 They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.’

Reflect:  After Paul and Silas literally raised the roof in prayer and song, chains broke loose. The story tells us that the household of the jailer (who asked what he must do to be saved), believed in God and were saved.  Do you believe miracles happen today?

Respond: Are you seeing a bit of a rhythm in your prayer life? Well done good and faithful servants. Before we know it, a revival may break out! Just like at Pentecost, when the Spirit broke out and many were saved.  Press on….

Pray: Set our hearts on fire with love for you Lord. Set our hearts on fire. Let your kingdom come. Amen.

Sunday 14th June
Read:
Ephesians 3:16-17 & 20
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Reflect: Do you feel in your daily time with God that you are enjoying being in his presence? That every one of your prayers counts? That Christ is dwelling in your hearts through faith?

Respond: God loves you; He also loves your people of peace. God’s peace will rest on them, as you continue to daily pray for them. God’s power will move, more than we imagine.

Pray:  Dear God, I thank you for those I love. Please continue to open their hearts, open my mouth and open heaven and reveal yourself to them by the power of your Holy Spirit. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen