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 7
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
5 They will keep you from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words.
If you’re not careful, you can read over this verse too quickly and miss what it is saying.
The word for “sister” can sometimes refer to a bride, implying someone who is intimately connected and devoted to a person. A passionate embrace is envisioned, like the one we find in Song of Solomon 4:9-10, “You have captured my heart, my sister, my bride. You have captured my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace. How delightful your caresses are, my sister, my bride.”
“You are my relative” reminds us of the story of Ruth, a story of family loyalty and loyalty to God and his laws.
This is the kind of passion and commitment we’re to have in our pursuit of wisdom and understanding.
If you’re a parent, you understand the father’s passion for his son. With all of his being, he’s trying to speak truth to his son. You need to hear the passion in the father’s words when you read this proverb.
I remember my own impassioned pleas to my kids. Many times, I’ve told them, “you’ll never find anyone more on your side than your mom and me! We want the best for you, we’re not trying to make life difficult for you, we want to protect you.” That’s the idea here with this proverb.
Passionately embrace wisdom and understand and live. They are on your side! The alternative leads to brokenness and death. So here’s the question for us today: Has wisdom and understanding captured your heart? If it hasn’t, then determine today to step on to wisdoms path. The first step starts with repentance. If you it has, then humbly praise God for his grace and mercy. Ask him to give you the strength and courage to stay on the right path.
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.