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 5
21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths.
22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
the cords of their sins hold them fast.
23 For lack of discipline they will die,
led astray by their own great folly.
Everything we do is in clear view of the Lord. No matter how good we think we are at covering our sins, we will never be able to hide them from the Lord. He sees what is done in darkness. The quicker we can grab hold of this reality, the better! Sin only entraps us. The very thing (sin) we seek to bring us happiness or some form of fulfillment only brings brokenness and destruction in the end. By recognizing God’s omniscience, we can keep ourselves from being trapped by sin’s deceitful desires.
Now with this in mind, answer the following:
- Do you believe that your ways are truly in full view of the Lord?
- How do your actions prove or disprove your answer to the question above?
- Read the proverb over again. What is it that God would have you desire?
- Has God revealed any simple actions you need to turn from?
Pray and ask God to give you the right perspective today. Ask Him to purify your mind and resolve to live a holy life before Him.
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:
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.