Week 33 Day 1
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
1John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
John is referring to people who had been a part of the church “visible” yet they were not actually part of the church “invisible.” Visible vs. Invisible is terminology used to describe those who are members of local churches but are not actually born-again believers. Many in John’s time as in ours seem to be followers of Christ and are part of the church as an “institution” but have never actually experienced regeneration and are not part of the church as the spiritual body of Christ.
Do you have questions? Ask them. Do you have struggles? Tell them. Your questions are not a threat to the gospel…the gospel is true and immune to threats However your questions may be a threat to your own personal spiritual well-being if you keep them hidden. Ask your questions in community. Struggle in community. The enemy would love for you to go “inward” with your questions and struggles and try to make it through solo. Perhaps you don’t have large questions or struggles, probably someone you know is struggling. Pray for them now, engage them as you have opportunity. Don’t try to “fix their faith” just seek to be their friend. Walk with Jesus, walk with them.
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.