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
1 My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
This proverb makes me think about scripture memorization—mainly how I’ve not pursued it as I should. Memorization is one way we get God’s commands “within” us. This is vitally important because when we get His word within us, we’re more likely not to walk the path of the fool—to sin. Hiding His Word in our hearts is one of the most powerful resources we have in gaining victory over sin. It allows us to put God’s Word to work in our lives where it can act as a guide for everything we do.
So maybe you’re like me, and you’ve slacked off in memorization. What’s your reason? Perhaps it’s you’re older, and you don’t feel like your mind is up to it. Well, listen, that is just not true! The science is in: you can teach an old dog new tricks! In fact, the work of memorization has proven to be beneficial for us as we age. Another commonly held idea is, “I’m just not good at it.” That’s not true either, and it’s just a self-defeating statement. Oh, it may be harder for you, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible for you. Thinking this way is an example of the “all or nothing fallacy.” And probably, the most common reason given for not memorizing scripture is, “I just don’t have time. I’m too busy.” The truth is, we make time for what is important to us. If we (I’m speaking to myself as well) were to honestly evaluate how we’re spending our time, I know we’d find there is time in our day for memorizing scripture. So if the time is there, then it comes down to a matter of wanting to. Whatever the reason is, ask God to help you overcome it—and let’s together commit to getting God’s Word deep within us so that when needed, the Holy Spirit can push those buttons.
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.