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 12
28 There is life in the path of righteousness,
and in its path there is no death.
Okay, righteous conduct leads to life. I get it. But I know how often I fall short. I’m sure you’re like me, on any given day we know how short we fall when it comes to righteous living. Especially now, with so many things that can tend to push our buttons. The results of wise and foolish living come up throughout Proverbs 10. We understand that there are great rewards for living wisely, but we also know how much we screw up! We clearly understand the problem—none of us are righteous on our own, we fail miserably. You may even be thinking, “Jim, all you’re doing is showing me how much I mess up.”
But here’s the good news: Jesus produces wisdom that leads to rewards in this life and in the life to come! By placing your faith in Him, you are born again—you’re a new creation. The old life is now dead, and the new life has begun. Don’t ever let that thought leave you. You are no longer the person you once were; you are now a child of God. Remember that there is no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. When God the Father looks at you, He sees Jesus. Your righteousness now comes from Christ. Jesus has fulfilled the righteous requirements of the law; His blood now covers you! Let this truth soak in. Seriously! Let it take hold of you. It’s powerful; it’s transformational. If you’re struggling today, you might speak this out loud right now, “I am a child of God, I’m no longer a slave to sin. I am a child of God!” Rest in that for a moment.
Now with Christ as the foundation, walk the path of wisdom and righteousness through Christ. As you follow Him, see how your desires change and come in line with His. Let God mold you and shape you into one who loves righteousness.
The bottom line is this: faith in Jesus leads to eternal life, and it begins the moment you put your trust in Him. Rest in Christ. Stand in His righteousness.
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:
Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.