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 22
A sensible person sees danger and takes cover,
but the inexperienced keep going and are punished.
Imagine standing in the wheat fields of Kansas on a summer day, and there on the horizon, you notice storm clouds beginning to rise into the heavens. You continue to stand there, and soon the skies all around you have darkened. Hail begins to fall, and yet there you stand, unwilling to move. The weather sirens are now sounding, warning everyone to take cover, for out of those dark and ominous clouds a tornado has developed and is now about to bear down on you—and yet you just stand there, unwilling to take cover. You are now about to reap the whirlwind and experience the disaster that comes with it.
You may be thinking, “no one would be this stupid.” Maybe you’re right, but when it comes to the sin that so easily entangles us, we can be just as foolish as the person described in the wheat field. Especially when it comes to sins of addiction. Folks can clearly see the danger involved with them and yet fail to take action to free themselves from sin’s grip.
We’re not called to live like the inexperienced person described in the second line of this proverb, you see, this person is the fool. No—we’re called to be like the sensible person, to be sober-minded about the danger sin creates for our lives and take action to protect ourselves from it; to prevent it from wreaking havoc not just in our lives, but the lives of others.
How do we do this? We do it by finding our refuge in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the source and perfecter of our faith. We can’t rescue ourselves; our hope is only found in Christ! So, when we see the danger, the sin that is wanting to weigh us down and destroy us, we need to flee from it by laying it aside and run towards Christ (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Now would be a good time to just stop. Ask God to open your eyes to clearly see the sin in your life. What are you doing about it? Are you just standing there like the guy in the field? You don’t have too! Choose today to take refuge in Christ!
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:
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.