Week 22 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
1Th. 4:13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.
Ps. 90:12 “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom”
Christians grieve the loss of loved ones but we are not to do so in a way that betrays our hope. To “fall asleep” is of course a euphemism for death. Paul is not trying to skirt the harsh reality of death by talking about it as “sleep.” He is also not implying that those who are dead are somehow not fully conscious. He uses this figure of speech to communicate death is temporary, like sleep. One day you will close your eyes in the sleep of death and Christ will say “sleeper awake!” and you will find yourself in the presence of God. This is no myth or fairy tale this is the reality of your future inheritance.
Contemplate your own death today. Don’t do so in a dark way but think about the end of your life as a settled reality. Unless Christ returns in your lifetime you will die a physical death. How can this, how should this make you wise today? Ps. 90:12 “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom”
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:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’