Our days are shaped by our habits.

This devo is designed to help you form daily rhythms and habits shaped by grace so that you might draw nearer to Christ.

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Daily Devo | August 7, 2020

...we are called to press on, to run to get what we already have. This is strange, but true. You have already been grabbed by Christ and had your relationship with God changed, but now you’re running after the same Christ...

Daily Devo | August 6, 2020

A Christian counts everything as rubbish compared to the surpassing worth of knowing him. What a Christian says is, “If trouble in my love life has helped me get to know him better, so his love comes down on me, so I’m more dependent on him, so he’s more real to me, so I’m clinging to him in prayer…

Daily Devo | August 5, 2020

Paul had a many reasons to be confidently self-sufficient. His education, career, and social background set him among the elite. He was as morally righteous as a person can be, and yet...

Daily Devo | August 4, 2020

If you think that your moral goodness makes you pure, then you’ve missed the impurity of your sin that makes even your best efforts filthy like the street dogs that plagued ancient cities. If you consider yourself a “blameless law-doer,” then you reveal the self-righteous condition ...

Daily Devo | August 3, 2020

How do you enter into a wilderness? What gear and provisions will you bring with you? If you went to REI, what gear would they recommend? Paul recommends something that on the surface seems impractical: joy in Christ as King...

Daily Devo | July 31, 2020

Let Paul teach you the reality of Christ’s control of your life, so that you frame your plans and dreams and hopes in the light of Christ’s lordship. Let Timothy show you what it looks like to push back against your own fears...
  • What to Expect

    Daily Reading Plan:

    Following the Morning and Evening readings will allow you to read through the Psalms 3 times a year, the New Testament once a year, and the Old Testament once every 3 years.

    Sermon Series Readings:

    Use it to reflect upon the ways Christ has been working in your life this week. Makes a great midday reflection or group discussion questions.

    Prayer:

    The prayers for each day are structured around preparing our hearts for communion with God. Read more about each devotional element below.

  • Tips for Getting Started

    Developing a Rhythm

    Start small by setting aside 15 minutes each morning and evening. Developing this kind of spiritual habit takes time.

    Come to this time with expectation. Expect God to reveal himself to you. Expect that he delights in you being there, even when you’ve wandered away.

    Be kind to yourself! Growing a spiritual habit is a slow, patient process.

    Check out this helpful guide for more ideas on developing a devotional rhythm.

  • Devotional Elements

    Call to Prayer

    Each devotional will begin with a simple passage of scripture that invites us into God’s presence by meditating on an aspect of his person, promises, plan or provision.

    Confession

    Confession is formative. It trains us to recognize the ways our hearts have become de-formed. These prayers also point to how Christ is at work re-ordering our hearts and bringing redemption amidst the wreckage of our broken lives and world.

    Praying the Psalms

    This is an ancient practice. God’s people have prayed these songs to God for thousands of years: songs of praise and of lament, songs about abandoned loneliness and songs about joy-filled community. Tim Keller has said that “the Psalms are the preeminent place to see how to deal with your emotions and the conditions of the heart.” Here’s how to Pray the Psalms: Read slowly. Take note of words and phrases. Bring them before the Lord in prayer and personalize the passage as you pray.

    Old Testament & New Testament Readings

    In-depth study is not the purpose of these readings (Saturdays are a good day for this), but to listen for God’s voice and to allow Him to speak into your life.

    Prayer

    We’ve provided some prompts for prayer each day. Use the Call to Prayer to prepare your mind and heart to hear from and respond to God. Let the Prayer of Confession be an honest dealing with sin in your life and a resting in the assurance of pardon Christ gives to us in the Gospel. Set aside time in the evening for a simple Evening Prayer, or give time twice a week to practice reflective prayer with the Prayer of Examen.

Questions about the daily devotional?
Email: micah@opcmilford.org

Daily Devo | July 30, 2020

Paul and Epaphroditus’ longing to be with their brothers and sisters in Christ is counter-cultural to our ingrained individualism which subtly consumes our days and alters our affections...

Daily Devo | July 29, 2020

...perhaps their lives were knit so tightly together because grace had given them a common language to speak to one another. A language known only by those who redeemed by the blood of the Lamb...

Daily Devo | July 28, 2020

The word for genuine concern here carries with it the anxious or intensive care that a doctor gives to her patient, a shepherd gives to his sheep, or a hound gives to something that has caught his nose. Timothy was intent on seeing their salvation worked out...

Daily Devo | July 27, 2020

Paul, among the Apostles, provides us with the most autobiographical material about his life and ministry. In his letters we hear about his friends, who he is discipling and spending time with...

Daily Devo | July 24, 2020

...It’s a beautiful picture! All of us doing nothing out of selfish ambition, but rather in humility considering them more important than ourselves.

Daily Devo | July 23, 2020

” Before there was light the “earth was formless and void. The Hebrew words for formless and void create a rhyme. They are: tohu (formless) and bohu (void). So the world was tohu va bohu, and darkness covered the chaotic, shapeless, void-ness. But where was God? God is there. Present in the darkness...
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Daily Devo | July 22, 2020

“Do everything without grumbling and arguing,” says Paul, because they are the language of slavery to sin, not worship of God who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love...
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Daily Devo | July 21, 2020

This means is that "working out our salvation" is working to see that grace continues working its way in to reshape our hearts and minds, and then works its way out into our relationships. It means that we are conscious of the tone of our life.

Daily Devo | July 20, 2020

The way that Paul talks to his brothers and sisters in Christ is filled with a deep and abiding affection for them. How did your sentences begin this weekend? What words did you use? Did they start with “My dear friend…”?
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Daily Devo | July 17, 2020

When Jesus “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death…” it wasn’t a decision made up on the fly. Revelation 13:8 shows us that in some sense Jesus “wore the servant’s towel from eternity”

Daily Devo | July 16, 2020

God proves that he really loves you by the gift of his Son. He’s telling you this to melt your heart. He wants you to see that you don’t need to be ruled by fear because he controls everything.

Daily Devo | July 15, 2020

This section of Philippians is often referred to as “The Christ Hymn” (2:5-11). It’s a poetic retelling of the story of the gospel from the Garden to the New Creation in which the main theme is Jesus’ humility. 
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