Week 35 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
Mark 12:30 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
Jesus said this is the first and greatest commandment and that it sums up the entire will of God. This should be self-evidence because if we loved God with all of who we are then we would be positioned to do everything he wants done and to become all he wants us to become. This simplifies and clarifies the will of God but it certainly doesn’t make it “easy.” In fact this is impossible for humans apart from the grace of God at work in our hearts. This four-fold description…heart, soul, mind, and strength are words intended to communicate that every part of us, all that makes us who we are…is to be fully focused on loving God. Loving God with our full being is the life-long process of collaborating with the Holy Spirit to become more like Christ. The Bible calls this process “sanctification” or “holiness.” It means to more and more become set apart completely for God.
In your prayer time commit yourself to God by committing to him the various components that make you “you.” Your thoughts, your physical body, your will, your emotions, your gifts and strengths, your dreams and plans…give him all of you. Do you feel afraid of what might happen if you fully commit yourself to him? Will fear keep you from harm? Will fear create a more positive future for you? Will fear of full commitment lead to a thriving life? In faith, give all of yourself to him.
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, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.