Week 38 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
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
The most important war being fought is a spiritual one. There is a network of spiritual beings in the universe both good and evil and they wage (to us) a silent war behind the human battles we see with our physical eyes. That being said, it is all too likely that Christians will have a general sense of the reality of spiritual warfare without taking practical, tactical action to do much about its impact on their own minds. Sure they may read the Bible, pray, go to church…all good things. They may avoid watching certain programs or listening to certain kinds of music…also good. But they may often fail to do daily battle with enemy thoughts. They are all too prone to believe what they think. They may be careful to believe the right doctrine…ideas about who God is and how we are saved but fail to believe the right ideas about themselves and their attitudes and actions.
Ask God to help to see rogue thoughts. NOT demons or some strange “spiritual” idea…just thoughts. Thoughts that make you think being petty, or selfish, or passive, or bitter, or whatever is okay. When you locate them…see them for what they are. They are enemy thoughts. Repent of them and begin to take decisive action against them.
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.