August 20: 7 Days of SOAP and Prayer – Proverbs 2:8
August 20-26, our Discover One Thing Online Study is committing to 7 Days of SOAP and prayer using the verse of the day from http://www.Bible.com. We will post each day’s verse within the context of its chapter each morning. Then, if you have committed to the 7 days, share when you’ve completed your SOAP either by typing “Done” in the comment area of our website or by sharing some of your SOAP journal with us. Below is an overview of the SOAP method of Bible study. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Verse of the Day – Proverbs 2:8
Moral Benefits of Wisdom
2 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
17 who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God.
18 Surely her house leads down to death
and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
19 None who go to her return
or attain the paths of life.
20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land,
and the blameless will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
and the unfaithful will be torn from it.
SOAP Method of Bible Study
S for Scripture
Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you, don’t rush. When you are done, look for ONE verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal. Why is this important? Writing the Scripture passage helps us to remember where key verses came from so we can look back in our journal or memorize them and pull them up from our memory when we need them.
O for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this Scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal. Record the context of the verse. Why is this important? Knowing this information helps us to know the context of the passage. When we know what’s going on, we can feel confident that we understand the Bible accurately and aren’t drawing inaccurate or even false conclusions. Another approach is to pull the scripture apart phrase by phrase and examine each part.
A for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking God to reveal how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this Scripture can apply to you today. Why is this important? Knowing information about the Bible is important, but the real power of doing daily devotions is when the truth of Scripture changes our lives. Taking what we’ve read and applying it in our lives in practical ways helps us to grow in our Christian maturity and deepens our faith.
P for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out. Why is this important? Asking God for support, wisdom, guidance, or strength helps us to rely on His power, not our power, to change. Praying is a great way to lean on God throughout the day and it can show us how faithful God is all the time.
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