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
Read: Proverbs Chapter 31
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
We’ve come to the last chapter of Proverbs, and here the focus is on that of the ideal wife—one of noble character—one who displays the qualities of wisdom as described throughout the book. What kind of woman is this? First, she’s one who emulates Lady Wisdom and stands out as one whose actions and character are far removed from Lady Folly. Second, she is described as the type of woman who makes her husband and family proud. She is a joy to be around because her actions make for a happy home. Finally, she is described as one who is confident because her confidence rests in her wisdom. The bottom line is this: her most important trait is “The fear of the LORD.” What makes this kind of woman so valuable is that she is so rare—like a precious stone! Yes, when we see this kind of beauty, it stands out; it’s something admired and significantly valued. Anders sums it up well, “She is a key factor in her husband’s success and is worthy of the highest respect.”
A noble wife stands out as one who models character, not only for wives—but for all of us. As one commentator says, “All of us can emulate this woman’s character: her godliness, her devotion to her family, her diligence and industry, her graciousness and dignity, her care for the poor, and her overall example of wise living.”
Ask God to help you emulate this beautiful example of the kind of character which is grounded in “The fear of the LORD.”
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 Week’s Scripture Memory:
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.