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 31
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
A wife of noble character: Proverbs 31 tells us what this kind of woman looks like. In verses 13-15, we see one of the traits that make this woman so noble. If I had to describe her in one word, I’d say “diligent.” She’s not sitting around looking for opportunities, she’s making the most of the opportunities she has before her. She knows the value of her work. Her worth is not found in outward appearances, but rather from her character, for it shines on her face brightly for all to see. Yes, her attractiveness comes entirely from her attitude and actions.
Her nobility is founded in her fear of the Lord, for just like the young man addressed throughout the book Proverbs, she too has chosen to eat at wisdom’s table. Her life is a demonstration of what it looks like to walk wisdom’s path.
Her example is one we all—men and women—should want to emulate. We should diligently embrace each day as a gift from God, for this is the day the Lord has made. He’s given you this day to live and serve Him (see Psalms 118:24). Paul even tells us to work hard and to be enthusiastic about the opportunities we have to serve (see Romans 12:11). We’re to be faithful in all things, men and women of noble character just like the women described in Proverbs 31.
Pray and ask God to help you pursue His idea for your life. Ask Him to help you be more like Christ today.
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:
All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.