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 7
6 At the window of my house
I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple,
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who had no sense.
I looked…I saw…I noticed… The power of observation! We can learn so much if we open our eyes to all that is going on around us. Proverbs 7 is a warning against the adulterous woman. In June, we talked about the devastating effects adultery has on everyone involved. Its damage is clearly seen if one opens their eyes and looks. But here’s the catch: in the same way one can see the destructive effects of adultery, one can also see the many blessings that come from a husband and wife walking faithfully together. Here are just a few:
- Deep love for one another
- Trust-filled friendship
- Peace of mind
- Fruitfulness in ministry together
- Partnership that glorifies Christ
- A desire for the other to succeed
- Sacrificial love, where they have each other’s back
When you see this type of marriage, it brings a smile to your face. Strong commitments are such a beautiful thing to see and celebrate. Take some time to thank God for the healthy marriages that we do have around us in our lives.
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 digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.