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 26
7A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is as useless as a paralyzed leg.
I don’t have a paralyzed leg, but I have had my leg fall asleep before. It’s terrible! I was at the movies when it happened. Once the show was over, I got up and tried to walk and couldn’t. People were trying to get around me as I blocked the aisle, but I just couldn’t move. My leg was useless to me.
This is what it’s like when a fool tries to use the wisdom found in a proverb. He doesn’t know what to do with the proverb because he doesn’t understand it or even how to apply it. In the same way, my leg was useless to me when it had fallen asleep, so it is with a proverb in the mouth of a fool; it just kind of hangs there limp.
Don’t live like the fool. Just because you can say a proverb, doesn’t mean you understand the wisdom found in it. Our walk down wisdom’s path is not about just taking in information. Remember, information without application is useless! So that begs the following question for us personally: how are you doing at both taking in information and then applying what you’re learning? Are you letting that information hang there limp, or are you applying it?
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.