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 | June 26, 2020

That’s the deal, the unbreakable covenant promise, God makes with us. We come empty handed or not at all. We come knowing that our sin separates us from God’s presence, but even more so that Jesus made our separation his own.

Daily Devo | June 25, 2020

Paul’s foundations fell to pieces right there on that road. What’s interesting is that Paul try to pick up the pieces. How could he? And so it is with every true encounter with Christ.

Daily Devo | June 24, 2020

We participate in what God is doing to “make all things new” by the gospel, or not. The Philippians got it right away, “from the first day..” As if saying, “If God has given me this kind of grace, this kind of world re-shaping peace, then how can I not want to get on the inside of what he’s doing?” It’s a response. The only one you can give.

Daily Devo | June 23, 2020

... as we listen, perhaps closing our eyes and leaning our heads back slightly, Paul’s familiar voice comes into focus. Only something is different this time: “Paul and Timothy, slaves (doulos) of Christ Jesus.”

Daily Devo | June 22, 2020

As “citizens of heaven,” then, we will be both more realistic about the shortcomings of our society and more hope-filled about the answers the gospel provides.

Daily Devo | June 19, 2020

What does it really mean to become a mature Christian, growing up, in Paul’s words, to the “stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13)? Paul’s letter to the Ephesians provides the context to answer that question.

Daily Devo | June 18, 2020

What makes a person a Christian is that God rescues you from the death sentence of sin by bringing His very life to dwell within you by His Spirit. You see? You become more than simply a nice person. Tim Keller puts it this way, “Don’t insult the gospel, and don’t insult yourself by thinking of Christianity mainly as being nice people. You’re not nice. Becoming a Christian means you become new. You’re not just nice; you’re new.

Daily Devo | June 17, 2020

Growing in Christ-like humility, gentleness and patience will enable us gradually to achieve Paul’s twin aims for church communities: first, “bearing with one another in love” (v 2) means accepting the failures and flaws of others because we love them...

Daily Devo | June 16, 2020

One of my favorite questions in Scripture comes right after Adam and Eve’s famous Fall. God comes into the garden to walk with them in the cool of the day. But they are not in the usual spot. God calls to them, “Where are you?”

Daily Devo | June 15, 2020

Did you know that average human being walks at 3 miles per hour? It’s true, or at least I once read that it was. But if it is indeed true, then I find it interesting that walking is the very first thing that the Apostle Paul says it means to live like a Christian.

Daily Devo | June 12, 2020

Use this devo as you are able, in whole or in part. Don’t feel compelled to read it all. Simply read and meditate upon whatever catches your attention. The goal is enjoying time with God through His Word and in prayer.

Daily Devo | June 11, 2020

Use this devo as you are able, in whole or in part. Don’t feel compelled to read it all. Simply read and meditate upon whatever catches your attention. The goal is enjoying time with God through His Word and in prayer.
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