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
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.
Think of God being eternal. He has always existed. Before there was space and time, God existed. (The whole point of doing this is that you can’t get your mind around it).
Think of God being all powerful and all-present. Consider hurricanes on earth with their enormous power. Consider Saturn’s great red spot, a storm that has lasted at least 360 years and is about twice as wide as the earth. Consider vast star systems and distant galaxies of stars. Use your mind and imagine to contemplate God’s power and the fact that he exists independent of space. He sees all time and all space instantaneously.
Think of your place in time and space. How long have you lived? How much space do you occupy? Think of your power. You can do somethings but your power is very limited.
Now, tell your soul to praise the Lord. Praise him that he takes note of you. Praise him that he wants your praise and he enjoys it. Praise him that he loves you though he is powerful and great…and you are not.
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:
Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves