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
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. “
But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things.
1 Tim. 6:8–11
Clearly God blesses generosity and “cheerful” giving. Clearly God wants us to live with faith and generosity in the way we use out time and money. There is a tension in Scripture. Blessings of health and prosperity (within the boundaries God has set for our lives) do follow faith and generosity. However as soon as health and prosperity become our primary objectives, we have lost our way.
Do you want to see God move in “faith-building” fashion? Then you must trust Him through “faith-filled” actions. You can see God at work in your finances, your time, your health, your life as a whole if you take specific steps to demonstrate faith in those areas. But watch your heart…as soon as God becomes the means to your own greater ends you have gotten off the good path. Get back on…open your hand and heart…confess again that God alone is our greater end.
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:
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.