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
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
As you read over Proverbs 2, something quite comforting happens when you get to verse ten. The first nine verses speak to a lifelong process of growing in wisdom and knowledge, as we trust and honor God with our lives. When consistently sought after, wisdom and understanding begin to penetrate our being, and we, over time, become people who walk in wisdom and understanding—distinguishing between right and wrong, good and bad. We are not so quickly drawn to the fallen human world anymore. Instead, we begin to participate more and more in the holy and pure. Oh, what a beautiful thing! God’s wisdom entering our being causes us to delight in, rejoice in, rest in, and be strengthened in Him. This results in a resilient and robust faith, one that doesn’t waver, but stands firm. You see, I believe the comfort we experience from verse ten is a byproduct of faithfully pursuing wisdom and understanding, which indeed is a gift from God!
Where are you this morning? Are you longing for the comfort found in God’s penetrating wisdom and understanding? What is it that keeps you from it? Whatever it is, you don’t have to live with it! You can stop right now and repent of it. Give it to Jesus and He will give you rest, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. (Matt.11:28-30)
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:
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.