Week 38 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
2Cor. 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.
We know what it means to take someone or something captive, say a wild animal. It simply means it has lost the freedom to do as it pleases. It has had its mobility and activity limited by someone else. In some cases it means the captive animal can no longer do harm. To take a thought captive means that our thoughts do not get to roam freely through our minds as they please. Just as the Christian limits his or her freedom of action in order to live in the real freedom of Christ, so too that Christian limits the ability of their thoughts to roam at will through their mind. This is possible, this is practical, this is important.
Imagine a thought like a wild animal. Maybe a dangerous one like a wild dog, or just a nuisance like a mole destroying your yard. Now settle on a particular, persistent thought you struggle with it. It may be an immoral one or it may be one related to putting yourself first or judging others harshly. Imagine putting that thought in a cage. Making it captive to Christ means it cannot roam freely through your mind. Start the practice or continue the practice of regularly rounding up these rogue roaming thoughts and taking them captive to Christ.
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.