Week 31 Day 4
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
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:26-29
God made a promise to Abraham long along and to his seed. Abraham’s seed would be a great nation and God would be their God. The fulfillment of that promise was in Christ. If you have received Christ by faith then you are now an heir to the promise. You are part of God’s great family and the nation of faith. God is your God. You may be an American, or some other nationality but your highest citizenship is in heaven. You may be proud of some aspect of your heritage (in a healthy way) and yet your highest gratitude must be for the fact that you are a son or daughter of God.
Rejoice in all God has done to bring you to this day. Perhaps it is not an exciting day. Perhaps it is a day that is hard and the future is uncertain. Perhaps it is just a tedious day. Nothing in it looks to be of great interest to you. But God has worked in human history for millennia to bring about this very day. Of course, this day is not about you, it is about God…just like every other day. However, God has included you in this day. You are included in his plans. You have been on his mind from eternity past. Now this day is before you, will you live like those who don’t know God or will you live like a son or a daughter of the King? How you live this day begins with how your see this day in your “mind’s eye.”
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:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.