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 2
Proverb: 2:2, 6, 10, 12 & 16
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding…
6 For the Lord gives wisdom
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding…
10 For wisdom will enter your heart…
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul…
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse…
16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words
As you read through the Proverbs, it is abundantly clear that the right path is the one built on wisdom, and fools travel down the wrong path—the path that leads to folly and eventually death. Where do we get wisdom? From God—God alone is the one who gives wisdom. It’s not something we can get on our own; it begins with a relationship with Him. Let me repeat that: wisdom begins with a relationship with God! To view wisdom as some practical teaching or life lesson is to miss the point of wisdom. This short-sighted view misses something of the utmost importance—relationship with God! Wisdom is God’s means to protect us from being assailed by the wicked or seduced by the adulterous woman. Wisdom is God’s protection for us as we go about the days He has given us.
Do not fall for the desires of the world or the things that lead us off the path of wisdom. Our desire should be to gain the wisdom that God has freely given us. We do this by pursuing it through time in God’s Word and prayer. We do it by deciding to follow Christ and renewing our minds in Him. We value the knowledge of God above all else; our actions reveal our true desires.
What are you directing your greatest desires towards? Take some time today and talk to God about your response.
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:
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.