Proverbs Devotional 5.18.20

By May 18, 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 18

Reflect:

Proverbs 18:10

10The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are protected.

Many seem to think we live in a time when more and more people believe the unseen is unreal. Any idea or talk about God is pushed aside so they can get on to more important stuff.

This kind of thinking is foolish! It’s a two-story approach to life where the spiritual is unreal and all the physical stuff (like COVID-19 and how we deal with it) is the real world. This kind of approach to life is a mistake. It’s the same as choosing to build your life upon a sandy foundation. It may seem firm, but it’s only an illusion, for when the storms of life come, your beliefs will be revealed for what they are.

Our proverb calls us to stop and think about what is true. It calls us to place our trust and confidence in God alone. We are called to trust in His character as the eternal, powerful, faithful, covenant-keeping God. And the ones who call on, rely upon, and have faith in His character will be protected. This is bedrock, the reality we build our lives upon.

Paul tells us that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. He says that if you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. You see, Jesus is our strong tower—we are safe in Him!

Respond:

Think deeply over the next few weeks about Jesus being a strong tower, a place of refuge for you. Let God’s abounding love comfort you during these uncertain times. Ask God to reveal any idols you’ve placed your safety and security in, and then let go of them and run to Jesus.

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 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

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