Week 48 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
Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders.
He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast, and its prosperity will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from now on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this.
Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6-7 are meant to go together. They are familiar verses; you’ve probably heard them sung as part of Handel’s Messiah. If you have, you know it is a powerful and moving part of the composition as the names of the Messiah are sung. Take some time and look at each name individually. This is the Messiah! His names describe His character to us.
Wonderful Counselor: He is exceptional, distinguished, and without peer, the One who gives the right advice.
Mighty God: He is God Himself.
Everlasting Father: He is timeless; He is God, our Father.
Prince of Peace: His government is one of justice and peace.
This is the One we’ve placed our hope in, Immanuel—God with us!
Think about God’s character as described in the names above. Now think about your life, think about how God has made Himself known to you by these names. Then take some time and praise Him for revealing Himself to you.
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:
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid him the iniquity of us all.