Week 1 Day 5
I. Prayer to enter the Lord’s presence
Be still for a moment. “Lord I give the day that is past to you. It is yours. I give the day that is to come to you, help me to see where you are working and to join you there. Speak to me during these moments. I commit them and myself to you.”
II. Prayer of Confession:
Lord you are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me of my sin when I confess it to you. I confess my sin(s) of ______________. Thank you for forgiveness. (1 John 1:9)
III. Prayer of Thanksgiving: Choose to be thankful, speak out loud of what God has done.
Thank you Father for _________________. Fill my heart and my mouth with gratitude throughout this day.
IV. Scripture Reflection
“Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for
“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said,
“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.”
Everyone is valuable to God. Paul said, each person is God’s offspring. Each person is special in quality They are not special just because of what they can do. Each person was made for God and is a treasure to God. He does not need us, but does delight in us.
Do you assess another’s value based on what they can do for you?
Do you assess your own value based on what you can do?
What do you have, what does anyone have that God did not give to them?
As you see people today, think of them as a treasure. Remember that they are and you are God’s special creation. Nothing we do can improve or erase that reality.
V. Prayer for others:
Pray specifically for the concerns of your life and the lives of others.
VI. Prayer of commitment:
“Lord God I commit to love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind and to Love my neighbor as myself. Empower me today to love you and others with everything that I am.” (Luke 10:27)
This Month’s Scripture Memory:
January: Psalm 1:1-6