Week 34 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
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. Colossians 1:16
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2
What is your compelling “Why?” Why work, why play, why be in relationships, why give, why eat, why live? The “Great Why” is that we are made by God for God. But underneath that is another “Great Why”…we live to be found faithful to all God gives us to be and to do. All of our lives are our “trust” from God.
Why is it that different people can do the exact same thing and one find it meaningful and the other find it meaningless? Is it mostly personality or mostly perspective? Personality changes slowly if at all, perspective can change quickly and make a huge difference in your life day to day. You are doing what you are doing right now(reading, praying, thinking)…partly to gain or to maintain a right perspective. Apply your “Great Why” to the many “Whats” of your life today. Ask God to help you see and live with his perspective.
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.