Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.8-12
He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.
9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.
10 He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the blameless will inherit good.
11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the poor who has understanding sees through him.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
Today we look at verse 9 in CEV translation, “God cannot stand the prayers of anyone who disobeys his Law.”
God always answers prayers: sometime with “yes, sometime with “no”, and other times with “wait.” The Navigators gave us a good model (our hand) to remember when we pray:
1. The thumb represents praise — I let my enjoyment and adoration of God overflow into words. As the thumb is able to touch all four other fingers, so praise should permeate every part of my prayer life.
2. The index finger represents thanksgiving — I thank God for what He has done in, through, and for me. I also thank Him for His answers to prayers in the lives of those around me and for His ongoing work across the nation and the world.
3. The middle finger represents intercession — I ask God to provide for the needs of others.
4. The ring finger represents petition—I ask God to provide for my needs.
5. The little finger represents confession — I agree with God about my sin.
Our prayer – Lord, hear our prayers when we pray and may we hear Your answers.
Memory Verse: Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27.17 (NASB)