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
20 Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.” The book of Proverbs talks a lot about our words and how we are to use them. The words we use the flow from our hearts. The words we use show us where our heart is set. For example, a person with an angry heart is quick to let words fly freely, while the person with a calm heart is quick to listen.
The words we use can corrupt our entire life, so much so that our words end up becoming powerful tools that the enemy uses to wreak havoc in our lives and the lives of others. (See James 3) Gossip is one of the enemy’s most effective tools for destroying people’s lives. Gossip only fuels strife.
If we want to have victory and peace, we need to keep gossip from our lips. Remove the wood and the fire goes out.
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:
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.