This Week - 01

This Week

Week 1/Day 1

Hi everybody, it’s Pastor Dave, and I hope you have one of our Alone With God journals. If you do, open it up to your next “This Week” page. That’s the first page of your week in your journal. And if you don’t have an Alone With God journal, be sure to download the Word By Mail phone app from your app store and order your Alone With God journal right there.

So, this first page of the week, titled “This Week,” is an important page because it’s designed to look forward to your week. It’s an opportunity for you to do some spiritual planning for your week. On this page, we encourage you to look ahead and to write your prayers to God for the coming week.

For example, in what area do you need to know that God is with you this week? In what area do you need God to do some transforming of your life this week? Or maybe, what are some people or situations that you want to especially lift up to the Lord this coming week? So, take a minute, and write in the My Prayers Are: section on your “This Week” page.

And then, the bottom half of the page says My Spiritual Focus is:. So, what is going to be your spiritual focus for this week? Is it maybe knowing God better in a specific circumstance in your life? Is it maybe having joy in the midst of whatever your life holds right now? Maybe it’s patience. Maybe it’s kindness. Maybe it’s another fruit of the Holy Spirit.

And so, what I’d like to do is pray through the fruit of the Holy Spirit with you as we prepare for our spiritual focus this week. So, open your Bible to Galatians 5, verses 22-23, and let’s pray through the fruit of the Holy Spirit. And as we do, be sensitive to what the Lord is leading to really focus on spiritually this week.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
(meaning that all of these actions are all perfectly aligned with God’s law and God’s will)

So, let’s just pray through them together real quick.

Heavenly Father, we pray that you would fill us with your Holy Spirit for this week, Lord. We pray, Holy Spirit, you would fill us to overflowing and that you would produce this fruit in our lives. That you would produce love. That you would produce joy, and peace, and patience. Lord, that you would give us your kindness, your goodness, your faithfulness, your gentleness, and your self-control, Lord. We pray that you would give us, Lord, these characteristics, Lord, that these fruits would come out of our lives this week. Because, Lord, all of these characteristics, all of these actions are perfectly aligned with your good law. We pray, Lord, that you would bring them out in our lives this week and that you would use them to set our spiritual focus this week. In your name, Jesus, amen.

Alright, now. You finish writing both your prayers for the week and your spiritual focus for the week, and you’ll be off and running with the Lord to start your week. Bye-bye.
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