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 29
18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
Where there is no revelation (revelation here means “God’s Word”), people will run wild! A lack of seeing God’s Word has been seen clearly here in the U.S. over the last nine months or so as things have sort of come unwound. This certainly is not the first time, and unless the Lord returns, it won’t be the last.
Yet we as followers of Christ don’t have to get caught up in all the craziness. We can and do experience true happiness regardless of our circumstances.
As Proverbs 3:13 says, “Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.” (NIV) By not casting off God’s Word and instead clinging to it, we discover the good life that God intended us to have. Godly wisdom is far better than silver or gold jewels; He gives us enduring riches, inner peace, and eternal life! (see Proverbs 3:13-18) To function in the fullness God desires for us, we must know God’s ways and make sure we follow them. It doesn’t do any good to know God’s Word and not obey it. His Word must get a handle on us.
Don’t allow yourself to cast off God’s Word, but rather make it a priority in your life so you can experience the blessings of being guided by God’s wisdom. Make it a priority to train daily to let scripture get a handle on you more and more. What can you do to apply the scriptures diligently to your own life?
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:
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.