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 24
6Surely you need guidance to wage war,
and victory is won through many advisers.
Seeking wise counsel is valued in this proverb. You know life is full of all kinds of decisions. I just had to make some pretty hard decisions on a couple of things I was unfamiliar with this week. We all have been there before. Needless to say, it can be stressful! That’s because none of us have complete knowledge on any given topic. We get into trouble when we think we’ve got all the answers or when we’re too prideful to let others know that we’re not quite sure what to do.
When I was younger, I was quick to think I could figure out any given situation by sheer strength. I used to say, “I’ll just bulldog my way through.” Listen—that way of thinking never did work out too well for me!
A person who walks in wisdom never underestimates the importance of skilled, knowledgeable advisors! Getting good advice makes the difference between success and failure in all areas of life. A prudent person seeks to learn from others. It’s foolish to try and figure things out on our own. Seeking wise counsel and advice can make the difference between standing on sand or on a firm foundation.
A wise person will seek counsel and listen! If you’re facing an important decision, don’t decide on your own. Let a few trusted friends know what is going on. Listen to them. Pray with them. And, with guidance from God’s Word, you will make wise decisions.
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:
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.