Ask God to orient or reorient you to Himself. Confess any known sin. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Be still and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s Word. Pray for others in your life that they, too, would know and love God today.
“1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, 3 He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
The 23rd Psalm is like the hymn Amazing Grace. Everyone, whether a believer or not, seems to know it. It is probably one of the most beloved poems ever written. The psalm portrays God as the Great Shepherd caring for His sheep. The comfort that is found in this psalm comes from knowing that every need will be supplied, every fear removed, and every desire fulfilled.
Hebrews 13:20 tells us that Jesus is the Great Shepherd; the One who will equip His sheep. Christ did not simply die for us; He rose again and lives for us. He is the Great shepherd, the Great High Priest, and He is the one who is at work in us.
Jesus’ love and protection for us is all encompassing. Take a moment to reflect on all the ways He does this listed in the psalm: He provides, He leads, He heals and restores, He removes fear, He gives peace, and He is our righteousness.
Talk with Him about the day that is set before you. Ask Him to give you the strength and guidance to move into your day. Live for the Great Shepherd today; make His glory known as you go about your day.
(Personalize this prayer today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.)
Ask God to lead you through His Spirit as you go through your day. Ask Him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell Him “Yes” to His will and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today. KEEP PRAYING THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY.