Week 15 Day 5
I. Prayer to enter the Lord’s presence:
Be still for a moment. “Lord, I give the day that is now 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
Psa. 16:1 Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” 3 As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. 4 The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips. 5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8 I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. 11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
The Psalmist is practicing resiliency thinking. He is contemplating the reality of God’s presence and provision. He is thinking of like-minded fellow “God-worshippers” (saints) and how they are a delight to him. He is considering the bad outcomes of those who walk outside of God’s will. He is considering what God has done in the past, what he is doing in the present, and what he will do in the future. All of this activity is mental work. The work of spiritual resiliency is first all and primarily work done in your thought life. Where your thoughts go, the rest of you will follow. You decided to read this devotional this morning, now you are. You, shortly, will decide to get up and go do something else. These actions originate in your mind. God has given you a mind and he wants you to use it to learn to trust him. Read verse 8 again. What do you think it means to “set the Lord always before me?” Think practically here.
Figure out a way to “set the Lord always before you” today. Maybe a string on your finger, a mark on the back of your hand, a reminder on your phone. Practice this today, then take note of what it means for how you day goes.
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:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.