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 16
4 The Lord has prepared everything for his purpose—
even the wicked for the day of disaster.
God is sovereign and just. He is infinite, and we are finite. He works everything out for His own end. No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to fully understand Him completely. Yet what He has revealed to us in the scriptures gives us all we need to know about who He is, who we are, how He acted in the past, and what He expects from us. (Blueletterbible.org) The scriptures teach us that God is all-powerful, all-loving, and perfectly good. It also tells us that He doesn’t cause evil—we do that when we reject His ways and try to determine what is right in our own eyes. This is what the Bible calls sin. We can be confident that God leaves no loose ends in his system of justice. (Kidner) Even though evil behavior seems to be everywhere we look today, God will destroy all evil, He will wipe away every tear, and those in Christ will join Him in heaven for eternity. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” (Romans 8:28 NIV)
Thank God for his lovingkindness towards you. Trust Him with all the things you’re going through. Remember that He knows you by name, He fights for you, He thinks about you, has a plan for you, and is a refuge for you. Rest in Him 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:
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.