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 | December 2, 2020 (Advent)

Dear Lord Jesus, Advent has just begun, and I am praying it will be a season marked more by hush than rush. If I’m going to be busy with anything, may it be with quieting my heart, focusing my gaze, and setting my affection on things above...

Daily Devo | December 1, 2020 (Advent)

After he knocks at his friend’s door, he hears a sleepy voice from the inside telling him to go away: everyone is asleep. Anyone with children, especially more than one, understands his reluctance to wake them up...
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Daily Devo | November 30 (Advent)

Jesus teaches us that what we ask for in prayer is rarely what we need. We usually ask for provision, when the God who knows how to give good gifts is ready to give us his presence through the Holy Spirit...

Daily Devo | November 26, 2020

Now APPLY what you've read: How does this passage challenge (or confirm) your understanding? Is there some attitude you need to change? What does this passage teach you about being a disciple of Jesus?...
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Daily Devo | November 25, 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...
  • 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 | 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...

Daily Devo | October 15, 2020

...even when Jesus moves on from a parable the images would have lingered in the ether of their minds and hearts, now awakened, alert to the true nature of the kingdom of heaven...

Daily Devo | October 14, 2020

verse 2 continues a glimmer of gospel hope: “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.” (similar language appears in Jeremiah 23:6 and Isaiah 53:5 as well). So we have judgment and restoration, rootlessness and rootedness, arrogant rejection...

Daily Devo | October 13, 2020

Jesus is building upon Isaiah’s prophecy that God’s words will fall on dull ears that are heavy, gluttonous even, from heeding other words. They are “un-hearing” because they’ve feasted on words that satiate...

Daily Devo | October 12, 2020

Parables drop us in the middle of a story, engaging our imaginations, showing us reality rather than telling us about it. After all Jesus does not say: “If you exegete the Old Testament promises, you will understand the doctrine of the Kingdom,” but rather...

Daily Devo | October 9, 2020

Take some time to read this passage again SLOWLY. Pause over words which stand out. Write them down. Why are these words in particular significant today? Take them to your Heavenly Father in prayer...

Daily Devo | October 8, 2020

Here’s how the story goes: The young man comes to Jesus to ask a flawed question. It’s unlikely that the man knows his question is flawed, but Jesus’ response quickly reveals the separation between their understandings...

Daily Devo | October 7, 2020

When Peter takes Jesus aside and rebukes him for saying he must suffer, he is betraying the fact that he is still invested in the old definition of the triumphant Messiah king...

Daily Devo | October 6, 2020

Those who find the treasure recognize it as the kind of wisdom described in Proverbs 2: worth seeking like silver and hunting like treasure. It’s the joy of water to a woman dying of thirst, and free bread to a penniless beggar-of-a-man...
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