Proverbs Devotional 10.8.20

By October 8, 2020Daily Devotional

I. Prayer to enter the Lord’s presence:

Be still for a moment. “Lord, I give the day that is now past to you.  It is yours.  I give the day that is to come to you; help me to see where you are working and to join you there.  Speak to me during these moments.  I commit them and myself to you.”

 II. Prayer of Confession:

“Lord, you are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me of my sin when I confess it to you.  I confess my sin(s) of ______________.  Thank you for forgiveness.” (1 John 1:9)

III. Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Choose to be thankful, speak out loud of what God has done.
“Thank you, Father, for _________________.  Fill my heart and my mouth with gratitude throughout this day.”

IV. Scripture Reflection

Read: Proverbs Chapter 8

Reflect:

For October, I’d like you to simply read slowly through the entire proverb each day. Think about the verses that have stood out to you over this year, the things God has spoken to you about, and the wisdom that was revealed to you. Use this time as a summary review of our time together over the last nine months.

As you read the Proverbs, you’ll notice that they are comprised of different translations. My hope is that doing this will help you to read Proverbs afresh. Following the reading is a short prayer that sums up the proverb. God Bless!

Proverbs 8 (NLT)
Wis­dom Calls for a Hear­ing
Lis­ten as Wis­dom calls out!
Hear as un­der­stand­ing raises her voice!
2 On the hill­top along the road,
she takes her stand at the cross­roads.
3 By the gates at the en­trance to the town,
on the road lead­ing in, she cries aloud,
4 “I call to you, to all of you!
I raise my voice to all peo­ple.
5 You sim­ple peo­ple, use good judg­ment.
You fool­ish peo­ple, show some un­der­stand­ing.
6 Lis­ten to me! For I have im­por­tant things to tell you.
Every­thing I say is right,
7 for I speak the truth
and de­test every kind of de­cep­tion.
8 My ad­vice is whole­some.
There is noth­ing de­vi­ous or crooked in it.
9 My words are plain to any­one with un­der­stand­ing,
clear to those with knowl­edge.
10 Choose my in­struc­tion rather than sil­ver,
and knowl­edge rather than pure gold.
11 For wis­dom is far more valu­able than ru­bies.
Noth­ing you de­sire can com­pare with it.

12 “I, Wis­dom, live to­gether with good judg­ment.
I know where to dis­cover knowl­edge and dis­cern­ment.
13 All who fear the Lord will hate evil.
There­fore, I hate pride and ar­ro­gance,
cor­rup­tion and per­verse speech.
14 Com­mon sense and suc­cess be­long to me.
In­sight and strength are mine.
15 Be­cause of me, kings reign,
and rulers make just de­crees.

16 Rulers lead with my help,
and no­bles make right­eous judg­ments.
17 “I love all who love me.
Those who search will surely find me.
18 I have riches and honor,
as well as en­dur­ing wealth and jus­tice.
19 My gifts are bet­ter than gold, even the purest gold,
my wages bet­ter than ster­ling sil­ver!
20 I walk in right­eous­ness,
in paths of jus­tice.
21 Those who love me in­herit wealth.
I will fill their trea­suries.

22 “The Lord formed me from the be­gin­ning,
be­fore he cre­ated any­thing else.
23 I was ap­pointed in ages past,
at the very first, be­fore the earth began.
24 I was born be­fore the oceans were cre­ated,
be­fore the springs bub­bled forth their wa­ters.
25 Be­fore the moun­tains were formed,
be­fore the hills, I was born—
26 be­fore he had made the earth and fields
and the first hand­fuls of soil.
27 I was there when he es­tab­lished the heav­ens,
when he drew the hori­zon on the oceans.
28 I was there when he set the clouds above,
when he es­tab­lished springs deep in the earth.
29 I was there when he set the lim­its of the seas,
so they would not spread be­yond their bound­aries.
And when he marked off the earth’s foun­da­tions,
30 I was the ar­chi­tect at his side.
I was his con­stant de­light,
re­joic­ing al­ways in his pres­ence.
31 And how happy I was with the world he cre­ated;
how I re­joiced with the human fam­ily!

32 “And so, my chil­dren, lis­ten to me,
for all who fol­low my ways are joy­ful.
33 Lis­ten to my in­struc­tion and be wise.
Don’t ig­nore it.
34 Joy­ful are those who lis­ten to me,
watch­ing for me daily at my gates,
wait­ing for me out­side my home!
35 For who­ever finds me finds life
and re­ceives favor from the Lord.
36 But those who miss me in­jure them­selves.
All who hate me love death.”

Respond:

Father, we praise You for the beauty of wisdom! Thank You that we can clearly hear Your wisdom in the midst of the hustle and bustle of our day. You are the one we want to embrace today. Holy Spirit, would You help us to slow down and see the foolishness of folly? May all that I do today be pleasing to You. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 V. Prayer for others:

Pray specifically for the concerns of your life and the lives of others. 

VI. Prayer of commitment:

Lord God, I commit to love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind and to love my neighbor as myself.  Empower me today to love you and others with everything that I am.”  (Luke 10:27)

This Week’s Scripture Memory:
Proverbs 24:10

If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!

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