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 1
These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
to help them understand the insights of the wise.
3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
knowledge and discernment to the young. (NLT)
If you’ve been reading the devotional since January, you’re now at the halfway point. Congratulations! At this point, many people become tired and ready for a change. I want you to know that if you’re feeling that way, know that you’re normal! It’s a normal feeling that we all wrestle with, no matter what we’re doing. Jobs, exercise, and relationships all have times when people can feel bored and want to be done. Schools know the reality all too well; that’s why in the school system, we have a fall break and a spring break. So, let’s begin today by rousing yourself, prepare your mind for action, and let’s get to it!
The verses today tell us the purpose for reading Proverbs.
- So we’ll know how to live the good life, life as God intended us to live.
- So we can live a skilled life where we can learn what it means to be wise, accept correction, and understand the wise sayings found in Proverbs.
- So that we can learn to develop our minds in right ways.
- So that we can know what it is to be right and to be honest and to be fair.
- So that we can have a fuller understanding of our design and our destiny.
All this starts when we live in obedient devotion to God.
Embrace the opportunity to become skilled at life. Determine to let the Proverbs expose your own weaknesses, flaws, and your sins. Let the Proverbs do their work in your own life. If we’re to be skilled, we’ve got to do this. I know it sounds hard—it won’t happen automatically or painlessly—but training for godliness is well worth the effort!
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:
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.