Week 35 Day 5
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.”
This not just a prescription of how we are to act this is a description of how we are designed. To love God is how God has made us to thrive. It is like someone telling you to put gasoline in your car. That is a prescription of what must be done but it is also a description of how the car is built to function. We should do things that will help us love God more fully in all aspects of our lives(read the Bible, pray fellowship, worship, etc.) but at the same time we cannot begin to think that loving God is merely a set of actions. Love for God is how we are designed but sin has broken that design. Now the life long process of sanctification is to restore us to our original design specifications. By all means do the things that will help you grow in love but as you “do” things never forget that the reason for the “doing” is “being.” We want to become people who love God with our entire beings.
Rejoice in the opportunity God has given you to become like Christ. Name the many things he is using (good and bad) to shape you into the image of Christ and ask him to help you rejoice in HIM in all of these things.
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.