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 14, 2020

“Do nothing out of (literally) mercenary motivations…”  Christians are citizens whose loyalty is reserved for their heavenly kingdom and King. Therefore, we live with a abiding allegiance to Christ

Daily Devo | July 13, 2020

Philippians 2:1-2 is a run-on sentence showing us the posture required to “live in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Here’s the posture: Unity. But before and as the basis for that unity, Paul lavishes us with the encouraging realities of the gospel. 
A dark blue sky with mountains.

Daily Devo | July 10, 2020

Surrendering to God’s grace in Christ produces in us an unusual reaction to opposition and our marginalized position in society. Grace makes us confident and humble at the same time.

Daily Devo | July 9, 2020

“The grace of being permitted to believe in Christ is surpassed by the grace of being permitted to suffer for him, of being permitted to walk the way of Christ with Christ himself to the perfection of fellowship with him.”

Daily Devo | July 8, 2020

I would say: we are living worthy of the gospel when we are striving for the faith of the gospel with fearlessness and unity. Or: the mark of living worthily of the gospel is a unified, fearless striving for the faith of the gospel.

Daily Devo | July 7, 2020

...this is the counter-intuitive message of the gospel: Jesus becomes our life (Col. 3:4). His life unbalances the scales permanently in our favor, and our lives are to reflect the beauty of his mercy and love. How is the gospel “unbalancing” your life in the direction of mercy and love toward others?

Daily Devo | July 6, 2020

Paul is actually describing Christians as having “counter-citizenship.” This would have been revolutionary to the church in the Roman colony of Philippi who so prized their Roman citizenship.

Daily Devo | July 3, 2020

Paul saw himself as a farmhand in God’s field. His desire is simply to be useful, fruitful. Fruitful labor for Paul is attending to the growth that God gives. He’s watching the God’s field for signs of spiritual life breaking through the soil bearing spiritual fruit in people’s lives.

Daily Devo | July 2, 2020

Do you see what Paul is showing us? Whatever your “For me, to live” is whether it’s family, friends, career, spouse, children, whatever it is. It had better be good, because when the tragedies of life come and go after your bottom line, you either utterly collapse, or you have to convert to a new bottom line.

Daily Devo | June 30, 2020

And yet, Paul is unshaken, unstirred. He’s doesn’t fume or fuss. He simply says, “So how am I to respond? I’ve decided that I really don’t care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on!”

Daily Devo | June 29, 2020

There are, aren’t there, only three things we can do about death: to desire it, to fear it, or to ignore it. The third alternative, which is the one the modern world calls ‘healthy’ is surely the most uneasy and precarious of all.” —C.S. Lewis
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