Week 36 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
Psalm 119:32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
Very often relationship with God, or a life of obedience to Him is portrayed as a path in Scripture. Likewise a life lived in opposition to God is also described as a path. Sometimes in daily life these two paths seem to barely diverge from one another. However as time goes on we discover that the paths lead to destinations that are “miles” apart. It’s also true that sometimes the good path doesn’t feel good in the moment because it goes against what we often believe will make us happy. Confidence in God and in the authority of His Word to speak to every area of our lives is foundational to living a thriving life in Christ. The Psalmist didn’t merely take steps down the good path, he ran that path. He knew that the path of God’s commands is the path of real “heart and life” freedom.
It’s unlikely, but of course possible, that you are directly and consciously walking away from the path of God in some area of your life. If you are this will only lead to heartache for you. Please repent and turn to God’s ways. It is more likely that our rebellion is “smaller” and more subtle. It shows up in things like holding on to selfish thoughts or harboring unforgiveness or putting our own interests first. These things are “off” the path that leads to freedom. Repent of these things today, ask God to put you in your mind(thought life) on the path that leads to heart freedom.
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.