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 14
29A patient person shows great understanding,
but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.
If you want to be a wise person, then patience should be a fruit that is clearly seen in your life. The fool is the one who’s quick to lose their temper; in doing so, they’re showing everyone that they’re a fool.
Look, I know how people can push our buttons, but we can’t give in and lose our temper. There used to be a commercial for AT&T with a guy with a telephone keypad on his chest who would say, “Just dial down the middle!” I would chuckle when I saw the commercial because many times I would be so frustrated with people, I felt like I was the AT&T guy and they were dialing right down the middle, pushing every one of my buttons! But as time went on and I grew in my relationship with Christ, rather than laugh at the commercial I began to cringe. Thankfully over time, God is reshaping me into a patient person. And honestly, it’s a wonderful place to be.
What makes it so wonderful? Here are just a few of the benefits of patience:
- It brings peace (Proverbs 15:18)
- It is better than pride (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
- It is kind (1 Corinthians 13:4)
- It helps to keep your hopes high (James 5:8)
- It teaches us to wait on the Lord (Psalms 40:1)
- It keeps us from becoming hastily tempered (Proverbs 14:29)
- It exemplifies Christ (Colossians 3:12)
- It helps us to bear with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2)
- It helps make our attitude the same as Christ (Romans 15:5)
Are you hot-tempered? Maybe you’re fine around your co-workers or out in public, but when you’re home or around friends and family, you can quickly lose your cool. Know that that’s not good. If this is you, will you stop and repent? Determine right now to curb your emotions—particularly around those you love. Remember, patience is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
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:
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.