Week 35 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
1Kings 11:4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.
Solomon was a confusing and confused person. He was confusing because several times in Scripture God applauds his faith and devotion to the covenant. But then Solomon would directly and blatantly disobey the covenant will of God. His story is confusing because Solomon lived a confused life. He went back and forth between trusting his own considerable intellect and trusting God’s even more considerable intellect. In the end, his “self-trust” lead to his own downfall and eventually to the downfall of his Kingdom. He did what made sense to him rather than what made sense to God.
Is there a specific area of your life you have reserved for your own intellect? That is, do you have a part of your life, be it ever so small, that you are doing what you think is best even though you have an idea that God disagrees with you? This will not prove to be sustainable. This area will become like a hole in the hull of a ship…more and more water will pour in over time. Repent, turn away from trusting self in this area. God is smarter than you and he is better than you. Trusting him is good for you.
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.