Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10
Merciful God, though it runs against our nature, we admit to You that we are weak, foolish, and rebellious. We have tried to cover up our brokenness by making excuses and diverting blame to other people or circumstances. But, in this moment, we lay aside all excuses and confess that, at our core, we have been wrong. We have sinned against You and against one another. There is no one else to blame. The fault is our own. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, we pray, and restore to us the joy of Your salvation through Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Reading & Devotional:
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
For every truth there is a lie waiting to deceive us. Why is it so much easier to believe a lie? Why can doubt have so much impact on belief? A million people can believe the truth and yet one dissenter will get the nation’s attention. It is that way in the spiritual realm. Paul writes that we are significant. Specifically, “we are God’s masterpiece created to do the good things he planned for us to do” and yet, what do we believe? Be honest, don’t we often believe we are no good, inferior, damaged goods and even hopeless? Where did that come from? It didn’t come from God! If we want to change what we believe, we must renounce the lies. Do it today. Lift up your heart and say it out loud, “I renounce the lie that I am no good, inferior, damaged goods or hopeless.” My friend, it is time to believe the truth about yourself. You are significant. You are a masterpiece made by God Himself. He absolutely loves you and desires you to accept the love He has for you. Today renounce the lies about yourself and pronounce the truth that “I am God’s masterpiece!”
Dear Father, my Father. I confess I have believed lies about myself. I renounce these negative thoughts and feelings and command their power over me to be broken in the precious name of Jesus Christ! I choose to accept the truth, that You personally created me as a masterpiece to do the good things You have sent me here for. Thank you, dear Father, for giving me significance. In Jesus’ name. AMEN
Conclude with Silence (2 Minutes)
- Become aware of the presence of God and his love for you.
- Review the week with Gratitude.
- While asking yourself the following questions. Be attentive to what you’re feeling or to what you’re thinking:
- Where in your week did you experience consolation; Joy, comfort, peace?
- Where in your week did you experience desolation; sadness, frustration or failure?
- As you become attentive to your desolation; what sadness, frustration, or failure might you need to confess? Where might you need to receive forgiveness?
- With hope, look toward tomorrow. What newness would the Holy Spirit be inviting you into?
The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.