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 19
1Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse. (NIV)
Character! If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times, “Character matters!” One thing we all have in common is that each one of us will be defined by our character. Our proverb makes the point abundantly clear: the one with good character is the one whose walk is blameless, regardless of their station in life. Today we’d say he or she “walks the walk and talks the talk.” They’re a person of good character, but not so with the fool. They are known by their perverse lips. We’d say they “talk the talk but don’t walk the walk!” A person of good character possesses what matters most in the end. They have what is valued, and no one can take that away from them.
What is important isn’t material possessions, but the path we walk. Think back to the first 9 chapters of Proverbs. It’s all about choosing which path to walk. Will we choose the path of wisdom or folly? The book of Proverbs makes it quite clear which path we’re to choose. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (1:7; 9:10) And this is good news! It gives us the right starting point for all we do.
Jesus said He is the light of the world. We don’t have to walk in darkness anymore (see John 8:12). We are to walk as children of light, and we’re to let that light shine before all to see (Ephesians 5:8; Matthew 5:16).
So, all this begs the question: “How would you describe your character? What is most important to you: wealth and material possessions or walking in the light of Christ?” Know that we won’t do this perfectly, but our lives should be pointing in Christ’s direction.
When the heart is full of wisdom, it spills over into our words and actions. Walk in the light! Think deeply on what it means for you to be a person who “walks the walk and talks the talk.”
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:
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.