5 Habits - Overflow #7

Welcome to Everyday Devotions. These daily Bible readings and Prayer Pathways are designed to help you go deeper with God each day in response to what you are hearing at the Everyday Church services and Life Group gatherings.

Sunday 9th February

Today is the last day of our initial five weeks of Everyday Devotions. We are going to take a few weeks’ break now in order to look at your feedback and to decide whether or not it would be helpful for us to go on providing these daily devotional guides for you each day. We would love to do so, but we want to provide the very best resources for you, so do let us know what you think – if we get enough positive feedback then we’ll be back very soon!

Today is also the first day of our Week of Prayer and Fasting across Everyday Church. This is deliberate. We’re not cutting off these devotions and leaving you stranded. We are inviting you to join with your friends at Everyday and to grow further together, so do make the most of this week of prayer and fasting. For more about what fasting is all about, take a look at the blogs that we have posted on www.everydayvoices.org.uk.

In this final Bible Meditation, we want to take you back over the passages with which we started two weeks ago. We want you to read them with the fresh perspective of what you have learned through these Everyday Devotions.

Bible Meditation

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
1) What have you learned over these past five weeks about Bible Meditation? (verse 2) How can you keep on putting this into practice as we take a few weeks’ pause to look at your feedback and to improve the way that we give you these daily devotions ongoing? How can you use this hiatus to become a self-feeder, a meditator on  the Word of God?

2) What have you learned over these past five weeks about Prayer Pathways and Singing Worship Songs to God? How can you ensure that this continues to accompany your Bible Meditations? For example, our Spotify play lists will remain live.

3) What have you learned over these past five weeks about the Holy Spirit as the River of God? (verse 3) How can you ensure that you go on being filled with the Holy Spirit and allowing him to Overflow into the spiritual need that is all around you?

Matthew 7:24-27

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
4) What have you learned across these past five weeks about the difference between hearing God’s Word and putting God’s Word into practice? What have you learned about digging deep foundations into the Scriptures?

5) They say that the difference between a dream and a vision is a plan. In other words, people never dig strong spiritual foundations by accident! So what is your plan to keep on pursuing these five healthy habits that play such a key role in helping Christians to develop in their walk with God?

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Prayer Pathway

Let's end these five weeks of Everyday Devotions and let’s begin our Week of Prayer and Fasting by using The Lord’s Prayer as our prayer pathway. Let’s pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray as a way of ordering our thoughts before God:

OUR FATHER: Joyful thanks to God that today you can run freely into his arms as your Dad.

IN HEAVEN: Faith-filled proclamation of the truth of Psalm 115:3 – “God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.”

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME: Speaking God’s Name back to him from the Scriptures, asking him to be true to his Name and to make all the world confess his Name is holy.

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE: Pray specific prayers for the Holy Spirit to descend on your own life, on the lives of your family and friends, on the lives of your Life Group and your wider church family, on the lives of your nonbelieving friends, on your workplace or college, and on your nation.

GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD: Be specific with God in your answer to his question: “What do you want me to do for you?” Bring focused, specific and faith-filled requests that he will provide for all your daily needs.

FORGIVE US, AS WE FORGIVE OTHERS: Confess your specific sins to God, including the sin of withholding forgiveness from others.

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION: Ask God to grant you strength to resist sin, the flesh and the Devil. Ask him to fill you with the Holy Spirit today and to help you grow in holiness, as he has promised you in Ezekiel 36:26-27.

FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER: End with a time of praising God for his greatness and that he has heard your prayers.

AMEN: Before you stop praying, connect your prayers to the rest of what you have planned for today. Receive a commissioning from God to get up off your knees and to become the answer to many of your prayers.

End with Worship

In order to help you to respond to God in sung worship, we have created two playlists for you on Spotify:

The Everyday Devotions playlist contains a handful of songs which are particularly relevant to our Everyday Devotions this week. This song list changes each week along with our devotions.

The Everyday Church Song List playlist contains most of the songs that we are singing right now across the venues of Everyday Church. This is a wider song list for you to play throughout the day to help you worship as you wash up, as you drive, as you shower, as you sit on the bus and as you go about your day.

If you are somewhere where you can sing loudly, why not use these two playlists to end by singing some songs of worship to the Lord? If you are on the bus or train, why not put on your headphones and sing in your heart to God instead?

This week the songs are largely prayers for God to fill us with his Holy Spirit and to overflow into the world through us.
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These Everyday Devotions have been produced and edited by Phil and Ruth Moore on behalf of the Everyday Church Elders