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 27
15 A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping
of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;
16 restraining her is like restraining the wind
or grasping oil with the hand.
The vice is quarreling. Know that the proverb isn’t picking on ladies, remember proverbs were written to teach young men wisdom. In this proverb, the father is telling his son to make sure he doesn’t marry a quarrelsome gal. Quarrelsome people are contentious, they’re likely to disagree with everything and argue at the drop of a hat. They are sourpusses, grumblers, gripers, complainers—simply put, they are naggers! You can never win with a nagger as illustrated by the second line’s allusions to restraining the wind or grasping oil; in other words, they are uncontrollable. The proverb is telling us to avoid these kinds of people—and better yet, don’t be like them!
What’s valued in the proverb isn’t stated, but it’s clearly seen—a gentle spirit! Paul understood the value of gentleness, and I think that’s why he encourages us to let our gentleness be evident to all (Phil. 4:5). He believed we should be clothed in gentleness (Col. 3:12), and that our conversations should always be filled with grace, and seasoned with salt, so that we will know how to answer everyone (Col. 4:5-6). To live as Paul tells us to is just the opposite of how the quarrelsome person lives.
As children of God, we’ve been called to walk the path of wisdom, and having a gentle spirit moves us further down wisdom’s way. Paul tells us what the spirit of gentleness looks like in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.” These character qualities are what’s valued, they should be ever-increasing in the lives of those who walk wisdom’s way. If you’re prone to nag. Stop! Ask God to help you bear a different fruit today—the fruit of the Spirit!
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:
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.”