Proverbs Devotional 10.12.20

By October 12, 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 12

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 12 (Contemporary English Version)

To accept correction is wise,
    to reject it is stupid.
The Lord likes everyone
    who lives right,
    but he punishes everyone
    who makes evil plans.
Sin cannot offer security!
    But if you live right,
    you will be as secure
    as a tree with deep roots.
A helpful wife is a jewel
    for her husband,
    but a shameless wife
    will make his bones rot.

Good people have kind thoughts,
    but you should never trust
    the advice of someone evil.
Bad advice is a deadly trap,
    but good advice
    is like a shield.
Once the wicked are defeated,
    they are gone forever,
    but no one who obeys God
    will ever be thrown down.
Good sense is worthy of praise,
    but stupidity is a curse.
It’s better to be ordinary
    and have only one servant
    than to think you are somebody
    and starve to death.
10 Good people are kind
    to their animals,
    but a mean person is cruel.

11 Hard working farmers have more
    than enough food;
    daydreamers are nothing more
    than stupid fools.
12 An evil person tries to hide
    behind evil;
    good people are like trees
    with deep roots.
13 We trap ourselves
    by telling lies,
    but we stay out of trouble
    by living right.
14 We are rewarded or punished
    for what we say and do.
15 Fools think they know
    what is best,
    but a sensible person
    listens to advice.

16 Losing your temper is foolish;
    ignoring an insult is smart.
17 An honest person
    tells the truth in court,
    but a dishonest person
    tells nothing but lies.
18 Sharp words cut like a sword,
    but words of wisdom heal.
19 Truth will last forever;
    lies are soon found out.
20 An evil mind is deceitful,
    but gentle thoughts
    bring happiness.
21 Good people never have trouble,
    but troublemakers
    have more than enough.
22 The Lord hates every liar,
    but he is the friend of all
    who can be trusted.
23 Be sensible and don’t tell
    everything you know—
    only fools spread
    foolishness everywhere.

24 Work hard, and you
    will be a leader;
    be lazy, and you
    will end up a slave.
25 Worry is a heavy burden,
    but a kind word
    always brings cheer.
26 You are better off to do right,
    than to lose your way
    by doing wrong.
27 Anyone too lazy to cook
    will starve,
    but a hard worker
    is a valuable treasure.
28 Follow the road to life,
    and you won’t be bothered
    by death.

Respond:

Father, help me to not be stubborn or full of pride and blind to my own faults. I’ve seen the trouble pride brings, and I don’t want any of it. Help me to humbly walk before You. Teach me to be a person of discretion. I give You my life today; may I live for Your glory and not my own. 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 27:1

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

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