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 6
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
There is a real danger to continually napping when we ought to be up and working. Laziness—and its close cousin procrastination—both have a cost: it’s poverty. And what makes it even worse is that it comes on like a bandit, someone hiding and waiting to pounce and rob them of everything they have. This proverb is meant to rouse and rebuke the lazy.
There’s probably a bit of the sluggard in all of us and, if we’re not careful, it can take root in one or all areas of our life—the physical, relational, spiritual, and emotional. If we want to prosper in all areas of our lives, then were going to have to get up and get busy.
Determine today to get up and do the work the Lord has for you. Follow Paul’s advice, “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.” (Colossians 3:23 CSB) Remember that there is nothing good that doesn’t take work. The fact that you’re reading this devotional says that you’re up and moving.
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:
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise.