Proverbs Devotional 5.8.20

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 8:32-36

32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway. 

Wisdom is calling out—what will our response be? Those who listen are blessed. They are happy to sit and wait at her gate, for they know that wisdom holds out life and divine favor for all who find her. Remember that Jesus is the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 18:24). So, to know Jesus is to see the wisdom of God. That’s what I mean when I say, “divine favor.” 

This truth makes the last two verses of the proverb stand out. Let’s reread them. “For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:35-36 NIV)

You see, when we have an encounter with Jesus, we all have to make a choice—do we believe He’s who He says He is? When we truly encounter Jesus, we can be confident that He will get to the heart of the issue, no matter what we do to try to distract from it. Are we going to listen and be wise, or are we going to disregard Him? The encounter demands a response. 

From the scriptures, we know Jesus is the “living water” the Samaritan woman encountered (John 4:10).  Later He would stand and shout to the crowd, “’All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!’” (John 7:37-38 TPT) In John 6, He said that He is the bread of life and that anyone who eats this bread will live forever and never die! 

Respond:

Don’t miss your opportunity to walk the path of wisdom—follow Jesus and stand in the full favor of God.

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 10:9
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

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