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 22
4Humility is the fear of the Lord;
its wages are riches and honor and life.
MacDonald says, “Humility and the fear of the Lord may seem very dull and commonplace, but don’t knock them till you’ve tried them.” (BBC) Movies, TV shows, and books like to paint evangelicals as uptight fundamentalists who find no enjoyment in life. But in my experience, it’s been quite the opposite. It’s the prideful who ultimately lose what they seek. When pride goes unchecked, it leads to a multitude of other sins that are necessary to feed its demands. No, the truth is this: those who humbly walk in fear of the Lord are the ones who live lives worth living!
Wisdom is found in humility. The humble recognize their own limitations; they know the limits of their own knowledge and control. A humble person realizes that all things are in God’s hands, and only by trusting Him with their lives will they be able to live a life worth living—a life that brings glory to God.
Ask God to reveal periods of pride in your own life. Repent of those ways and humbly walk in fear of the Lord.
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:
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.