Proverbs Devotional 4.8.20

By April 8, 2020Daily Devotional

I. Prayer to enter the Lord’s presence:

Be still for a moment. “Lord, I give the day that is now past to you.  It is yours.  I give the day that is to come to you; help me to see where you are working and to join you there.  Speak to me during these moments.  I commit them and myself to you.”

 II. Prayer of Confession:

“Lord, you are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me of my sin when I confess it to you.  I confess my sin(s) of ______________.  Thank you for forgiveness.” (1 John 1:9)

III. Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Choose to be thankful, speak out loud of what God has done.
“Thank you, Father, for _________________.  Fill my heart and my mouth with gratitude throughout this day.”

IV. Scripture Reflection

Read: Proverbs Chapter 8

Reflect:

Proverbs 8:35-36

35 For those who find me [Wisdom] find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”

If you’ve been reading Proverbs over the last few months, one thing is clear: wisdom gives life! Wisdom, as described in Proverbs, is the way to life. Folly—the fool’s path—is the way of death. Ultimately, these two, wisdom and folly, are the only two choices we have; there isn’t anything in between. And here’s the good news for us: wisdom is not some secret matter that only a few will ever find! No, wisdom is always calling out to all who are wanting to walk the path of life. Listen, if you want to know how to navigate life with all of its difficulties and problems, then get to know wisdom as God intended it to be known. How do we do this? We go to the source of everything—Jesus!

Look at what Paul has to say about Jesus and wisdom: “I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” You see, Jesus is the answer for walking in wisdom, to know Him is to have life (1 John 5:12). He is all you need. To walk with Jesus is to walk on wisdom’s path. 

Respond:

If you’ve found Jesus, praise God for giving you eternal life, a life you don’t have to wait for because the moment you place your trust in Christ Jesus is the moment your new life began! This is the right perspective to have as we journey down wisdom’s path.

V. Prayer for others:

Pray specifically for the concerns of your life and the lives of others. 

VI. Prayer of commitment:

Lord God, I commit to love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind and to love my neighbor as myself.  Empower me today to love you and others with everything that I am.”  (Luke 10:27)

This Week’s Scripture Memory:
Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise.

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