Reading: Proverbs 25-27; Psalm 6
Father, please do not discipline me in your anger, but show me mercy and be gracious to me. Send the thoughts that accuse and the attacks of the evil one far away, for you have power and dominion over all. O Lord, help me to love my enemies, for this has been your heart from the beginning. There is no reward for loving those who love me, but you reward those who love their enemies. Open my eyes to any way I seek my own glory that I may turn and seeks yours instead. Make me into a man of self-control, lest I be vulnerable to attack. Only you are wise, Father, and I am a fool for those times I think I am. I will not boast about tomorrow since I don’t know what it brings, but I will be glad and rejoice in this, the day that you have made. Let me not hide my love from those for whom I have it. Continue to use me as iron to sharpen other iron. Keep a close eye on my heart, God. Search it often, for it reflects who I truly am.