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 2
1 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you…
then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
To accept something requires a choice on your part.
You know wisdom is a beautiful thing. It is God’s gift to us, and its starting point is God’s revealed word! God wants us to be wise. The wise person is the one who seeks to know and love God! It is God’s word that tells us how to live right—to live in line with His design. When we live this way, we live within the boundaries He has set, limits that don’t hold us back but lead us to a meaningful and deep relationship with God and others.
The fact that a person is a Christian doesn’t mean they are instantly filled with wisdom. Wisdom is a result of an energetic search! We must decide to pursue after it—to find it and use it. We have to metabolize it to get it down into the marrow of our being.
I once had a friend ask me, “Name me one thing that’s good for you that doesn’t take work?” It’s a great question. Think about it. Dieting—you’ve got to decide to watch and control what goes into your mouth. Exercising—it’s doesn’t just happen, you’ve got to decide to move and push your body. School—you can’t just sit there and hope something happens, you have to think, ponder, memorize, and work to understand. A new hobby—you never start as a skilled expert, you have to give time and effort to become skilled. So, why would we think it should be any different with wisdom and understanding?
Look back to Proverbs 2 and think about what you read. How is your walk with the Lord? Are you seeking the Lord with all of your heart and soul? If not, will you? Put the question to rest today. Settle it, and then start moving towards Jesus. If you do, His word tells us you will find Him. (Deut. 4:29) Put the effort in today to seek after Him.
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:
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.