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
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
The wise and discerning are smart enough to know that if they are to have the kind of life God desires for them, they’re going to have to become skilled at living with discipline and prudence. A wise person is the one who puts these instructions into practice. It’s not just hearing the words that make a person wise but also being a doer of them. We become wise when we’re willing to listen, learn, and correct ourselves with humility, and not do all the talking like a know-it-all! As we have worked our way through the Proverbs month by month, I’m sure there have been some “lights” that have gone on in your head, or times when you’ve said, “Now I get it!” That’s the idea with Proverbs; the more we process and apply the wisdom they contain, the more we’ll see the benefits of walking wisdom’s path.
“Jesus spoke in parables, and his disciples did not understand. Later and privately he explained them. In a similar way, read Proverbs and you will experience the ‘Aha!’ of comprehending what those wiser than you have counseled but until now have not understood. Read and be guided onto the path of wisdom. Ideas and locutions with elusive signification will become clear. But it is not only youths and simpletons who benefit by reading: The person of understanding who is already wise will grow in learning and counsel by heeding Proverbs.” (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary)
As we enter the 8th month of our time in Proverbs, determine to keep leaning in so you don’t miss what God is saying to you. Think back over the last 7 months. What are some of the “aha” moments you’ve had? What lights have come on? Thank God for those occurrences and the growth you’ve experienced.
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:
Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right.