Proverbs Devotional 4.30.20

By April 30, 2020May 3rd, 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 30

Reflect:

Proverbs 30:5

“Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 

God’s word is like a shield! This is a military metaphor for God’s protection in one’s life. The writer is warning and encouraging us to stand firm in God’s word. Whereas human knowledge and understanding are limited, God’s word, His wisdom, and instruction are faultless. 

Psalms say the same thing, “God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. (Psalm 18:30 NLT) 

Then in the New Testament when Peter is encouraging his readers about their new birth into a Living Hope through faith in Christ, he says, “And through your faith, God is protecting you by His power…” (1 Peter 1:5 NLT).

I can’t think of anything more assuring than God’s shield of protection! He is faithful, wholly reliable, and true. God’s word prompts us to place our trust fully in Him. Although we will never be able to know him fully, he has revealed enough about Himself that we can put our complete trust in Him. 

Respond:

What is it that troubles you today? Will you take those concerns to God? Know that God’s Word is trustworthy. Take refuge in Him today. 

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 24:3-4
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

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