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 | October 23, 2020

What he’s doing here is deliberately bringing us into another world, the one that surrounds this meal. Thousands of years ago, a people was groaning under the weight of the oppression that was laid on them...

Daily Devo | October 22, 2020

We might ask at this point, well, what exactly does leaven do? If you’ve ever spent time baking in a kitchen or watching the bakers on the Great British Bake Off (queue the theme song in the heads of those who’ve seen it), then the image should come readily to mind...

Daily Devo | October 21, 2020

Both the seed grows and the yeast grows. It’s very interesting because the power of the yeast and the power of the seed are kind of deceptive almost...

Daily Devo | October 20, 2020

But what about that fig tree? Jesus’ short parable in Luke 13:6-9 involves a fruitless fig tree in a vineyard which is visited by it’s owner for three years, a strikingly similar length to Jesus’ own ministry and visits to Jerusalem...

Daily Devo | October 19, 2020

How do you summarize a chapter like this? It at once feels so eclectic that you feel as though Luke is simply meandering through a field of parables and stories, but upon a closer reading themes begin emerging from the shadows...

Daily Devo | October 16, 2020

The story of the separation of the sheep and the goats is the final block of Jesus’ teaching. It is based on a moment of confusion on the Day of Judgment that seems to have captivated Jesus’ imagination...
  • 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 | September 11, 2020

Notice the “earthiness” of Luke’s version. Go back and read it again. The man digs down deep. Can you hear the shovel tearing open the soil? The heavy thud as stones are set in place and the foundation takes form?...

Daily Devo | September 10, 2020

In our parable, Jesus has been talking about how reality can run on two different tracks for people who are right beside each other in life. We have two builders who each approach constructing their homes with differing views of what makes for a good house...

Daily Devo | September 9, 2020

Jesus teaching in the Sermon on the Mount quotes and alludes to Jewish Scripture at an alarming rate. We’ve barely finished ruminating on one saying (“you have heard it said…but I say to you…”) before another begins. Jesus spoke and taught as a Jewish man, so it is no surprise..

Daily Devo | September 8, 2020

Jesus’ parable about the two builders will either cause a smile to break across your face, or a furrowing of your brow, and that's just as Jesus intends it to be....

Daily Devo | September 7, 2020

There are good ways to read parables and bad ones. Don’t look for symbolic meaning in every detail, but also don’t limit the meaning of a parable to only one layer. Parables are deceptively complex literature. Treat them as such...

Daily Devo | September 4, 2020

READ the passage SLOWLY as if for the first time. Then look for three things: Light Bulbs: Anything that stood out to you each day. Question Marks: What didn’t make sense? What do you wonder about? Arrows: Anything that seems to apply directly to you...

Daily Devo | September 2, 2020

This will be a shorter Devo. So here’s what I’d like for us to do today. Take 5 minutes and re-read the passage slowly. Read it as though you are one of the Philippians hearing this letter read to you for the first time....

Daily Devo | September 1, 2020

Paul transformed the term with a “powerfully Christ-centered redefinition of contentment.” Paul and all who are in Christ are God-sufficient as opposed to self-sufficient...

Daily Devo | August 28, 2020

The people of God have always been marked out by possession of the Word of God, his revealed truth, and the transition from their very different circumstances to our own day is obvious and easy...

Daily Devo | August 27, 2020

The Bible knows nothing of our ‘denominationalism’, and if Isaiah’s wording prompts us to put our hand to reform and renovation then its proper focus is the local church to which we each belong...
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