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 17
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 17 (The Passion Translation)
A simple, humble life with peace and quiet
is far better than an opulent lifestyle with nothing
but quarrels and strife at home.
2 A wise, intelligent servant will be honored above a shameful son.
He’ll even end up having a portion left to him in his master’s will.
3 In the same way that gold and silver are refined by fire,
the Lord purifies your heart by the tests and trials of life.
4 Those eager to embrace evil listen to slander,
for a liar loves to listen to lies.
5 Mock the poor, will you?
You insult your Creator every time you do!
If you make fun of others’ misfortune,
you’d better watch out—your punishment is on its way.
6 Grandparents have the crowning glory of life: grandchildren!
And it’s only proper for children to take pride in their parents.
7 It is not proper for a leader to lie and deceive,
and don’t expect excellent words to be spoken by a fool.
8 Wise instruction is like a costly gem.
It turns the impossible into success.
9 Love overlooks the mistakes of others,
but dwelling on the failures of others devastates friendships.
10 One word of correction breaks open a teachable heart,
but a fool can be corrected a hundred times
and still not know what hit him.
11 Rebellion thrives in an evil man,
so a messenger of vengeance will be sent to punish him.
12 It’s safer to meet a grizzly bear robbed of her cubs
than to confront a reckless fool.
13 The one who returns evil for good
can expect to be treated the same way for the rest of his life.
14 Don’t be one who is quick to quarrel, for an argument is hard to stop,
and you never know how it will end, so don’t even start down that road!
15 There is nothing God hates more than condemning the one who is innocent
and acquitting the one who is guilty.
16 Why pay tuition to educate a fool?
For he has no intention of acquiring true wisdom.
17 A dear friend will love you no matter what,
and a family sticks together through all kinds of trouble.
18 It’s stupid to run up bills you’ll never be able to pay
or to cosign for the loan of your friend.
Save yourself the trouble and don’t do either one.
19 If you love to argue, then you must be in love with sin.
For the one who loves to boast is only asking for trouble.
20 The one with a perverse heart never has anything good to say,
and the chronic liar tumbles into constant trouble.
21 Parents of a numbskull will have many sorrows,
for there’s nothing about his lifestyle that will make them proud.
22 A joyful, cheerful heart brings healing to both body and soul.
But the one whose heart is crushed struggles with sickness and depression.
23 When you take a secret bribe, your actions reveal your true character,
for you pervert the ways of justice.
24 Even the face of a wise man shows his intelligence.
But the wandering eyes of a fool will look for wisdom every where
except right in front of his nose.
25 A father grieves over the foolishness of his child,
and bitter sorrow fills his mother.
26 It’s horrible to persecute a holy lover of God
or to strike an honorable man for his integrity!
27 Can you bridle your tongue when your heart is under pressure?
That’s how you show that you are wise.
An understanding heart keeps you cool, calm, and collected,
no matter what you’re facing.
28 When even a fool bites his tongue he’s considered wise.
So shut your mouth when you are provoked—it will make you look smart.
Father, thank You so much for the dear friends You’ve brought into my life. I’m grateful as I remember the comfort I’ve received from them during difficult times of my life. I pray for each one of them this morning. I pray that You would bless them and let them know today how much You love them. I’m grateful for their impact on my life. If there are others who need a genuine friend, I pray You would use me to be a good friend to them in their time of need. I ask 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:
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.