Proverbs 22 8-22-20

As children of the LORD, we must be taught what is good and what is evil. We need the Spirit to teach us.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

The key to longevity in the Christian life is not just “being a good Christian,” but by deepening our relationship with the LORD. HE is our priority. The more we get to know Him, the more we figure out that we need Him daily–continuously. The fact that we receive His love, His joy, His peace, His direction, His insight and His strength as we walk with Him is what makes believers out of us!

Each Saturday, I pray for every member of my Proverbs Club, whether by text who’s name I know and pray for individually, by following on my website, or by Facebook.

NOTE: If you follow on my website or by Facebook
and would like for me to pray for you by name each Saturday, contact me and I will put your name on my list!

Here is what I pray:

“LORD, I pray for my brothers and sisters in You that they would be categorically committed to You, devoted to Your Way, and convinced (fully persuaded) that You are worth following. May their lives now be simply a shifting and sorting of priorities, a trading of theirs for Yours.”

It’s the “theirs” upon which I want to expound. What do I mean by “theirs”?

  • Life, will, agenda, schedule
  • Desires, goals, pleasures, knowledge
  • Mind, attitude, hopes, dreams, wishes and aspirations
  • Thoughts, truth, reality, worldview
  • Heart, passion, heroes, personality

Has it ever occurred to you that Jesus wants ALL of you? He wants you to turn over each of these and allow Him to recreate His temperament in you. EVERYTHING is based upon Scripture, which is why it is so important for us to read it everyday, study it, talk about it, and apply it to our lives as often as we think about it. He will remind us of what we have read, studied, pondered, and applied as the need arises. The prayer is based upon these verses:

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Romans 8:14

20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. Romans 4:20-21

18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. Romans 8:18

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies goldthough your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7

24 “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” –Paul in Acts 20:24

Let’s see…we touched on being led by the Spirit, being fully convinced that Jesus is worth following, that He has amazing things awaiting us, that our faith, while tested, brings much praise and glory and honor to Him, and that our lives here on this earth are worth nothing in light of eternity unless we finish the work assigned to us: Being salt and light to those around us (see Matthew 5:13-16).

May you be encouraged to know that someone is praying for you. Paul urges us to pray for each other as well as “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Abba, I pray for my readers that they would take to heart today’s post. May they take seriously their commitment to You through Christ as He walks with us daily via His Spirit. May they pick up Your Word often and listen to Your voice as they read and as You apply Your message to their lives. Convict us, LORD; may we suffer for Your sake, because we know that “he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.” 1 Peter 4:1. I want to be done with sin; may my readers adopt this same attitude. Make it so, LORD Jesus. Amen.

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