For the month of May, we will be Praying Through The Proverbs. Unlike a Bible study, we will simply pray a few key Scriptures each day. We’ll concentrate on how these verses apply to our individual lives, and ask God to reveal to us if there is anything specific we need to repent of or work on. Today let’s look at Chapter 20.*
Today’s verses address our natural tendencies; our instinctual responses.
Key Verses in Chapter 20:
v.5 The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
When we take the time to read and study God’s Word regularly, those words are hidden away in our heart. When we need them most, the Holy Spirit will bring them to mind as we need them.
v.22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and He will deliver you.
Human nature tells us we need to get even when someone does us wrong, but the LORD says, “Vengence is Mine….” (Deut. 32:35 ESV). God “does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.” (Ps. 9:12). Rather, we can trust that they will be “brought to their knees and fall, but we [will] rise up and stand firm.” (Ps. 20:8).
v.27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
The “lamp of the LORD” is man’s God-given conscience; it is the Divine Light that causes us to judge our own actions. (“But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.” Job 32:8). Our conscience is our instinctive gauge of what’s right, and what’s wrong; either it agrees with God’s law, or it contradicts it. The “lamps of the LORD” searches out our hidden sins and brings them to light.
The “spirit of a man” is what gave us life. (“And the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” Gen. 2:7.)
Our “inmost being” is all our deepest thoughts, feelings, and desires; it’s what’s in our heart, or soul.
Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.” (John 8:12). We are therefore to “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16). It is God’s Light inside us that separates us from the dark world we live in.
Father God, I humbly enter this, my secret place, and acknowledge I am in the Presence of the One True God. Thank You for meeting me here. Forgive me so I can stand in Your Presence clean and holy.
Protect my heart from enemy influence; I don’t want to give in to sinful impulses. Hide Your words in my heart, that I might not sin against You, LORD. (Ps. 119:11).
Let Your Light – Jesus Christ – shine through me so the world will see, and so Your Name will be glorified through me.
I pray these things in Jesus’ Name…