Proverbs Devotional 10.27.20

By October 27, 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 27

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 27 (The Living Bible)
Don’t brag about your plans for to­mor­row—wait and see what hap­pens.

2 Don’t praise your­self; let oth­ers do it!

3 A rebel’s frus­tra­tions are heav­ier than sand and rocks.

4 Jeal­ousy is more dan­ger­ous and cruel than anger.

5 Open re­buke is bet­ter than hid­den love!

6 Wounds from a friend are bet­ter than kisses from an enemy!

7 Even honey seems taste­less to a man who is full; but if he is hun­gry, he’ll eat any­thing!

8 A man who strays from home is like a bird that wan­ders from its nest.

9 Friendly sug­ges­tions are as pleas­ant as per­fume.

10 Never aban­don a friend—ei­ther yours or your fa­ther’s. Then you won’t need to go to a dis­tant relative for help in your time of need.

11 My son, how happy I will be if you turn out to be sen­si­ble! It will be a pub­lic honor to me.

12 A sen­si­ble man watches for prob­lems ahead and pre­pares to meet them. The simpleton never looks and suf­fers the con­se­quences.

13 The world’s poor­est credit risk is the man who agrees to pay a stranger’s debts.

14 If you shout a pleas­ant greet­ing to a friend too early in the morn­ing, he will count it as a curse!

15 A con­stant drip­ping on a rainy day and a cranky woman are much alike!

16 You can no more stop her com­plaints than you can stop the wind or hold onto any­thing with greasy hands.

17 A friendly dis­cus­sion is as stim­u­lat­ing as the sparks that fly when iron strikes iron.

18 A work­man may eat from the or­chard he tends; any­one should be re­warded who pro­tects an­other’s in­ter­ests.

19 A mir­ror re­flects a man’s face, but what he is re­ally like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.

20 Am­bi­tion and death are alike in this: nei­ther is ever sat­is­fied.

21 The pu­rity of sil­ver and gold can be tested in a cru­cible, but a man is tested by his re­ac­tion to men’s praise.

22 You can’t sep­a­rate a rebel from his fool­ish­ness though you crush him to pow­der.

23-24 Riches can dis­ap­pear fast. And the king’s crown doesn’t stay in his fam­ily for­ever—so watch your busi­ness in­ter­ests closely. Know the state of your flocks and your herds; 25-27 then there will be lambs’ wool enough for cloth­ing and goats’ milk enough for food for all your house­hold after the hay is har­vested, and the new crop ap­pears, and the moun­tain grasses are gath­ered in.

Respond:

Father, help me to avoid being a quarrelsome person, especially with those closest to me. I’m grateful for the relationships You’ve given me. I pray that my actions toward others would reflect the love You’ve shown me. Thank you for relationships where we can be like iron and sharpen and build up each other’s lives. Lord, teach me to be content. I pray I would have the strength, endurance, and courage to praise Your name in whatever situation I find myself in. Father, all praise belongs to You and Your Son; I praise Your name and thank You for Your loving care. I pray all of 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 29:25

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

Leave a Reply