Daily Bible Study

@just4him (110245)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
February 22, 2017 6:32am CST
Day 167 Proverbs 18:1 Proverbs 18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddles with all wisdom. Some people separate themselves completely from the world so they can get close to God, studying his Word, and learning all they can. Typically, you find those people part of a religious order, following strict guidelines and spending their days in solitude, prayer, and study in the Word. Solomon knew those people as the priests and Levites who spent their days and nights in the temple, studying the Law of Moses and imparting their wisdom to those who came to sacrifice to God. Jesus also separated himself from the people when he went into the mountains to pray. Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. (KJV) Just as Jesus separated himself from the crowds to be alone with his Father, you are also to do the same. Jesus is your example. You might wonder why Jesus would need to get away to pray when he is God. He did it for two reasons. One, his example showed how getting away from everything was good for the body, mind, and soul, giving clarity of purpose. Two, he prayed for the people, for help in times of trouble. Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (KJV) Though you might not understand what is happening in your life, Jesus does, and intercedes for you, for strength for the battle that lies ahead. Solomon called this separation, intermeddling with wisdom. When you separate yourself the way Jesus did, you will find the wisdom to take care of those things that intrude on your life, the temptations Satan brings your way. He will strengthen you for the journey ahead, so that if you do fail, and everyone does, you will be able to come back with clarity of mind and spirit, being able to minister to those around you. If you are in a place where you feel like a failure, and your faith is weak, Jesus has already prayed for you. Let his strength fill you as you seek his face in solitude, praying for wisdom, grace, and mercy to do what he has called you to do. Let’s pray: Father, help me to get alone with you, seeking your direction for my life, receiving strength for the battle ahead, knowing you will be with me every step of the way. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen. Copyright © 22 February 2017 by Valerie Routhieaux Image courtesy of Pixabay
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@Kandae11 (35239)
22 Feb 17
It is important to find a quiet place - if you can - away from distractions when you pray. Of course you can always offer silent prayer anywhere, any time of day.
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@just4him (110245)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Feb 17
I totally agree. Getting away to your quiet place is less distractive. Also finding a quiet time of day is also important.
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