ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness
Jesus is OUR INTERCESSOR Knowing our temptations, God the Son intercedes for us. He opens the doors for us to boldly ask God the Father for mercy. Thus, God is both the initiation and conclusion of true prayer. Hebrews 4:14-16
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Praise Jesus for Interceding
Praise Jesus that he knows your temptation. Praise him for taking on flesh experiencing weakness. Praise Him that even though tempted he did not sin. Praise him for making a way for us to come in our need.
CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100
SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.
- Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
- Pray for our local, state, and national leaders
- Ask God to speak as you read and meditate.
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.
Clearly Paul is not saying that the married should try to live like single people, that would contradict everything he has said prior to this. He is also not advocating for pretending to be in a different emotional state than you actually are in. He is describing the normal things of everyday life…marriage, emotions, buying, using “things of the world” (think: cars, houses, showers, spreadsheets, etc.). His point is that we must not become completely enmeshed in our minds/hearts/lives with the things that are temporary and miss the vital importance of the things that are eternal. Notice he didn’t say we should not be married, or have emotions, or buy, or use things…but that we do all of this “stuff” of life with the perspective of eternity. If we do, then we are positioned to be found faithful in all of the details of everyday living.