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 30
This man’s utterance to Ithiel:
“I am weary, God,
but I can prevail.
2 Surely I am only a brute, not a man;
I do not have human understanding.
3 I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!
“Strong religious affirmation on the heels of a frank confession of human frailty, ignorance, and uncertainty.” is how Tremper Longman sums up these verses. The writer is being honest with his ignorance. He’s telling everyone, “I don’t have the answers to what ultimately matters—not even close.” He’s expressing just how limited human knowledge is—the finiteness of it. When you read the verses, you feel how he’s wrestling with the reality of human frailty and uncertainty. In verse 4, he asks a series of rhetorical questions for which the only answer is God!
The truly wise person knows just how ignorant they are. When we stop and ponder just how limited we are, it’s pretty sobering. The same is true for pondering the grandeur of God, it gives us the right perspective about what really matters. We will never be able to plumb the depth of the awe and wonder of God, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try! The beautiful thing about trying is this: as we try, we will grow in the wisdom of God, “The fear of the Lord.”
Take time today to think about the attributes of God—let them fill you with awe and wonder! Here are just a few…
- God Is Infinite – He is Self-Existing, Without Origin
- God Is Immutable – He Never Changes
- God Is Self-Sufficient – He Has No Needs
- God is Omnipotent – He Is All-Powerful
- God Is Omniscient – He Is All-Knowing
- God Is Omnipresent – He Is Always Everywhere
- God Is Wise – He Is Full of Perfect, Unchanging Wisdom
- God Is Faithful – He Is Infinitely, Unchangingly True
- God Is Good – He Is Infinitely, Unchangingly Kind and Full of Good Will
- God Is Just – He Is Infinitely, Unchangeably Right and Perfect in All He Does
- God Is Merciful – He is Infinitely, Unchangeably Compassionate and Kind
- God Is Gracious – God Is Infinitely Inclined to Spare the Guilty
- God Is Loving – God Infinitely, Unchangingly Loves Us
- God Is Holy – He is Infinitely, Unchangingly Perfect
- God Is Glorious – He is Infinitely Beautiful and Great
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:
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.