I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
I praise You, Lord, that You are intimately acquainted with my ways and that You always love me and have my best interests at heart.
May the Lord my God be with me as You were with our fathers; may You never leave me nor forsake me. Incline my heart to You, to walk in all Your ways and to keep Your commands and Your statutes and Your judgments, which You commanded our fathers. May all the peoples of the earth know that the Lord is God; there is no other. Let my heart be fully committed to the Lord my God, to walk in Your statutes and keep Your commandments, as at this day. (1 Kings 8:57-58, 60-61)
As one who knows righteousness, who has Your law in my heart, may I not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their revilings. (Isaiah 51:7)
Take a moment to offer this day to the Lord and ask Him for the grace to grow in your knowledge and love for Him.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. You turn men back into dust, and say, "Return, O children of men." For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by or like a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:1-4)
Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness like the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:2-3)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
All of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death. I was therefore buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so I too may walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
Whoever is wise understands these things; whoever is discerning knows them. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous will walk in them, but transgressors will stumble in them. (Hosea 14:9)
Though I walk in the flesh, I do not war according to the flesh. The weapons of my warfare are not fleshly, but divinely powerful to overthrow strongholds, casting down arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
Lord, I thank You that You are everlasting and that You promise to raise me from the dead so that I can dwell with You forever. I thank You for newness of life in Christ, and I ask that I would walk in wisdom and lay hold of Your divinely powerful weapons of warfare.