Week 23 Day 3
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
Eph. 1:11-14 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of his glory.
Your salvation is part of God’s eternal plan. This can be hard to contemplate because we tend to try to understand God through the filter of our own lives rather than trying to understand our lives through the filter of God’s life. God sees all time as “now.” He doesn’t look up and down a fixed time line, studying the billions upon billions of events in every human who has ever lived. He sees all time as now and his knowledge is complete and immediate. This means what knows he knows perfectly, he doesn’t grow or improve in knowledge and understanding. There is no growth in God because he is perfect. He isn’t getting smarter and gaining more information. His knowledge is exhaustive, he knows all there is to know and all this knowledge is instantly accessed by his mind. He doesn’t have to remember stuff, he doesn’t have to think things through or be reminded. Your life has always been before his mind. It always will be. His capacity to know and to love and to pay attention is unlimited.
You are on God’s mind even when he is not on yours. He comes and goes from our conscious awareness but we have always been and always will be on his mind. Think of this for a few minutes. Ask him to help you to keep him before your mind more consistently today.
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?’