Week 38 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
Rom. 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?
Repentance is a translation of a Greek word that literally means “change of mind.” However it is a word that means you really have changed your mind. Because if you have changed your mind then you will change your behavior. It could be as simple as “I changed my mind, I want chocolate not vanilla.” That is a change of mind and what happens next? If you have access to both flavors you will now eat a different kind of ice cream than you would have prior to changing your mind. To change your mind could much more impactful than ice cream, like not committing a crime, or not following through on a sin. When your mind actually changes your behavior will always change in corresponding ways.
God’s kindness leads us to repentance. He speaks to us through his Word, Spirit, and others to help us see where our thinking and living are off. Rejoice in the opportunity to repent. Where you need to, repent right now. Ask God to help you to more consistently see repentance as a gift and not a burden so you will consistently and quickly repent when needed.
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.