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 11
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the perversity of the treacherous destroys them.
Here we have another proverb affirming the value of integrity. Integrity has a sense of blamelessness—a state of innocence. It’s used in reference to a person whose behavior is upright and in accordance with right conduct. Perversity, used in the second line, is the complete opposite of integrity. It has the sense of being deceitful and underhanded, meaning crookedness or falsehood.
Notice that integrity acts as a guide, like a shepherd guiding us. As followers of Jesus, by faith in Him, we are made holy and blameless. (See Ephesians 5:25-27; Colossians 1:22; Hebrews 10:10) “When Christ died, all of our sin and guilt was laid upon him. It is no longer held against us. Everything unholy, everything worthy of blame, everything attracting and incurring guilt – every spiritual spot, wrinkle and blemish was dealt with by his death. God no longer sees them. God no longer relates to them. God no longer takes them into account. The perfect righteousness of Christ now covers us. When God looks at the person who is united to Christ by faith, he sees only Christ.” (Rosemary Bardsley) Our integrity is found in Christ alone; He’s the Good Shepherd.
Read Psalm 23. As you do, think of Christ as your shepherd. “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” (NLT)
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:
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.