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 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...

Daily Devo | July 30, 2020

Paul and Epaphroditus’ longing to be with their brothers and sisters in Christ is counter-cultural to our ingrained individualism which subtly consumes our days and alters our affections...

Daily Devo | July 29, 2020

...perhaps their lives were knit so tightly together because grace had given them a common language to speak to one another. A language known only by those who redeemed by the blood of the Lamb...

Daily Devo | July 28, 2020

The word for genuine concern here carries with it the anxious or intensive care that a doctor gives to her patient, a shepherd gives to his sheep, or a hound gives to something that has caught his nose. Timothy was intent on seeing their salvation worked out...

Daily Devo | July 27, 2020

Paul, among the Apostles, provides us with the most autobiographical material about his life and ministry. In his letters we hear about his friends, who he is discipling and spending time with...
  • 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

Waves crashing over large rocks.

Day 3: I've Got The Power

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A wooden cross set against a blue sky.

Day 4: The Gift of God

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Day 5: Behind the Scenes

On the surface, Good Friday was not a very good day. The events that took place on that day were awful and showed the very worst behavior that humanity had to
A dark red brick wall.

Day 1: Mortar and Stone

In Mark’s message this weekend, he focused on what we are building our lives upon. Did you notice the “earthiness” of Luke’s version as you read today? The man digs
A shot looking down on a table filled with food.

Day 2: A Feast for a King

There’s nothing that goes to your heart quite like a story, and that’s what we have here in John 12. Passover is quickly approaching, and the population of Jerusalem
A white gift box with a red ribbon tied in a bow around it.

Day 3: The Extravagant Gift

Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance
A black and while image of a hand pouring out a glass of water.

Day 5: Poured Out for Us

This week we have been looking at Mary’s extravagant response to Jesus as her Redeemer. Today we focus on Jesus’ ultimate response to Mary and all those who would

Day 1: God’s Character

In Bob’s message this weekend, he focused on five attributes of God’s character: Majesty, Immensity, Sovereignty, Power and Personal Care. Which of

Day 2: Rock of Refuge

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Day 3: A Solid Foundation

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Day 4: God of All Comfort

Paul refers to God as, “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” He also goes on to communicate that once we have experienced God’s compassion and
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