Day 3 of 21: January 13, 2024
Proverbs 4:25-27 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
God has His part in navigating us away from evil as we seek Him in prayer (Matthew 6:13). We, however, also have our part. There are temptations and distractions everywhere, the enemy, and our culture has seen to that. That is why we must discipline ourselves to stay focused on what we look at, where we go, what we do, what we focus on, what we think about, etc. It’s not just about the direction of our eyeballs, but we are to prayerfully train the direction of our hearts (Proverbs 4:23).
Before dealing with distractions, we need to focus on the Word. We won’t know what to look at or how to see unless we allow God to reveal His perspective to us in His Word and by His Holy Spirit (Matthew 6:22-23).
We must then focus on what God has given us to do with excellence, asking for and relying upon His grace (Ephesians 2:10): family, work, school, etc.
All the while, we must turn our eyes away from those things that defile, distract, and derail our purpose: porn, inappropriate social media, gossip, etc. (Psalm 119:37).
Father, You are holy. Help me to be holy as well. Help me to keep my eyes and heart focused on what You are calling me to do and who You are calling me to be. May my eyes stay straight on You and straight ahead on the path You have laid out for me. Help me to walk with You and to choose to keep my feet from turning toward evil. In Your name, amen.
– A greater level of nearness and intimacy with the Holy Spirit. To hear and see Him more clearly.
– Bring down strongholds of pride and rebellion
– Knowledge, wisdom, and grace for His will for your life and Kingdom Culture.