Week 38 Day 2
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 4:3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10 that we have different weapons than the world does. By “The World” he means human cultures lived in opposition to God. The weapons of the world are what Paul would call “flesh.” Flesh in this context simply means human ability to accomplish real change apart from the power of the Spirit of God. Human weapons then are human reason unaided by God’s word and human efforts unaided by God’s Spirit. These human weapon systems are unable to breech strongholds in our lives. These heavily fortified positions only respond to God’s power. Now to 2 Corinthians 4:3, these people who are living by their own energies (flesh) are at the same time blinded by the enemy (Satan) to see their predicament. They don’t see the gospel as being the power of God, they actually believe they have what it takes to make life happen on their own.
Pray for people in your life who do not follow Christ. Ask God to remove the blinders on the eyes of their hearts that keep them from seeing the truth of the gospel.
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.