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 we consider Chapter 27.*
Today’s verses advise as to the kind of friends with which we should surround ourselves.
Key Verses in Chapter 27:
v.5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
Honest, constructive criticism – expressed in a loving fashion – is more desirable than the love of someone who won’t express their love publically.
v.9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.
The wise counsel of a friend is as pleasant and desirable.
v.10 ….better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
Friendships with neighbors are often stronger than relationships with family.
v.17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
We should choose friends and advisors of similar – if not stronger – moral character. They will expect the best from us, and encourage us to be better.
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.
Thank you for the godly friends and advisors you have placed in my life. I am blessed by their counsel, and appreciate their expecting the best of me, and their encouragement to excel.
Help me to always be as good a friend in return. Give me wisdom and discernment to advise them per Your Holy Spirit’s leading.
I pray these things in Jesus’ Name…