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 9
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 9 (The Passion Translation)
1 Wisdom has built herself a palace
upon seven pillars to keep it secure.
2 She has made ready a banquet feast
and the sacrifice has been killed.
She has mingled her wine, and the table’s all set.
3 She has sent out her maidens, crying out from the high place,
inviting everyone to come and eat until they’re full.
4 “Whoever wants to know me and receive my wisdom,
5 come and dine at my table and drink of my wine.
6 Lay aside your simple thoughts and leave your paths behind.
Agree with my ways, live in my truth,
and righteousness you will find.”
7 If you try to correct an arrogant cynic,
expect an angry insult in return.
And if you try to confront an evil man,
don’t be surprised if all you get is a slap in the face!
8 So don’t even bother to correct a mocker,
for he’ll only hate you for it.
But go ahead and correct the wise;
they’ll love you even more.
9 Teach a wise man what is right
and he’ll grow even wiser.
Instruct the lovers of God
and they’ll learn even more.
10 The starting point for acquiring wisdom
is to be consumed with awe as you worship Jehovah-God.
To receive the revelation of the Holy One,
you must come to the one who has living-understanding.
11 Wisdom will extend your life,
making every year more fruitful than the one before.
12 So it is to your advantage to be wise.
But to ignore the counsel of wisdom
is to invite trouble into your life.
A Spirit Named Foolish
13 There is a spirit named Foolish,
who is boisterous and brash;
she’s seductive and restless.
14 And there she sits at the gateway to the high places,
on her throne overlooking the city.
15 She preaches to all who walk by her
who are clueless as to what is happening:
16 “Come home with me.”
She invites those who are easily led astray, saying,
17 “Illicit sex is the best sex of all.
Our secret affair will be sweeter than all others.”
18 Little do they know when they answer her call
that she dwells among the spirits of the dead,
and all her guests soon become citizens of hell!
Father, I thank you for clearly distinguishing the differences between wisdom in folly in this proverb. Give me eyes to see and learn all wisdom has to teach me. Holy Spirit, help me pay attention to wisdom’s advice; I want to die at wisdom’s table–at Your table! Teach me to be self-disciplined so I can experience the joy of Your blessings. 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:
If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!