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 5, 2020

As we become mindful of his original audience, sitting in the synagogue, listening to his various lessons from the life of Jesus, the Gospel of Matthew will come to life...

Daily Devo | October 2, 2020

the Gospels say [Jesus] gave them his “authority,” a concept from the Old Testament world comes to the surface. It was known as the saliach. The saliach was the “authoritative representative.” Often...

Daily Devo | October 1, 2020

Our farmer in 4:26-29 should be understood to be like any farmer of his day: constantly at work tending to the cultivation of his crop. His “sleeping and rising” and “not knowing how” the seed sprouts are not due to inactivity, but rather refer to the undeniable metaphor Jesus is getting at with how spiritual life “sprouts and grows” in a person...

Daily Devo | September 30 ,2020

We receive a soil sample report from this farmer’s field after he has sown his seeds and turned the soil to enfold the seed beneath. That’s how agriculture worked back then. First you planted, then you cut open the earth to bury the seed and await it’s resurrection as life-sustaining grains...

Daily Devo | September 29, 2020

Michael Card does an excellent job of helping us to enter the world fo the text, so for today, I’m going to let his words carry us, and the rest of the week we’ll expand on the parable’s meaning by looking at passages that intersect and give additional light...

Daily Devo | September 25, 2020

Yesterday we noted that the father’s foolishness wasn’t really foolishness at all. Not really. Not in the economy of God’s Kingdom where fools receive hesed (mercy) but those who hate mercy receive correction. Our passages today reflect this theme....

Daily Devo | September 24, 2020

But this is the scandal of the gospel, the scandal of grace. It turns out that the story of the two brothers is a story of hesed, a story of someone who deserves nothing but gets everything! But it’s also the story of a fool....

Daily Devo | September 23, 2020

Our reading today takes us to a trio of passages that express God’s character as a shepherd toward his people. Here’s what I would like us to do today. Read each passage and then take note of how Jesus is the perfect representation of each characteristic...

Daily Devo | September 22, 2020

Shepherds and sheep are some of Scriptures favorite images for God and his people. We are the “people of his pasture” and “the sheep under his care” (Psalm 95:7; 100:3). Yahweh is the shepherd who can turn a deathly valley into a haven and cause his sheepdogs of mercy (hesed) and goodness pursue you all the days of your life...

Daily Devo | September 21, 2020

Something isn’t right in these three parables of Jesus. Can you spot it? Each parable has something (or someone) that is lost and then found. Each of the three main characters rejoice in what they find...
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