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 2
20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land,
and the blameless will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the unfaithful will be torn from it.
Proverbs 2 makes clear the benefits of wisdom. Wisdom isn’t just given to us; we’re going to have to work to obtain it. It will take commitment, dedication, and intentionality to search for it. But wisdom can be found and once you find it, it can save you from disaster and lead to a satisfying life. However, know this: we have to seek wisdom that is in line with God’s truth. That’s the only way it works because God is the source of all wisdom.
Humanity has two paths set before her—the path of wisdom or the path of folly. The path of wisdom leads to life, as clearly seen in this proverb. Here’s the good news: a person who pursues wisdom can escape the fate of the wicked by staying on the right path. Wisdom is the direct knowledge of God, not indirect knowledge mediated by the natural order. Knowledge of the world flows from this primary knowledge. The book of Proverbs is about learning to revere God. To gain wisdom, then, is to please God. (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary)
What path are you on? What will define your life? Are you trending toward the path of wisdom or the path of folly? Make sure your life is oriented toward God. Determine to live and walk Wisdom’s path. To know God is to walk the right path. Reject the path of folly, have nothing to do with it.
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:
The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.