Week 48 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
Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.
We all become discouraged from time to time, our hope can waver, and yet we know that this is not a state God wants us to remain in. Sometimes we’ve just got to preach truth to ourselves. We need to shake ourselves—even if we don’t “feel” like it. It’s okay to tell yourself, “What’s the matter with you? Have you forgotten God—forgotten His promises, His faithfulness, His love and mercy?” Tell yourself to, “Put your hope in God and praise Him despite what is going on.”
Through faith in Christ, we are connected to the ultimate source of hope—Christ, the living Hope! He is always with us—moment by moment—working to conform us to His image. Know that as a follower of Christ, we have hope—a living Hope—a hope that is bedrock to thriving in Christ. Trust in His wisdom and character!
If you’re struggling to hold on to hope, let God know, be honest with Him, then ask Him to strengthen and pour courage into you. He is faithful.
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.