For the month of May, we will be Praying Through The Proverbs. Unlike a Bible study, we will simply pray a few key Scriptures each day. We’ll concentrate on how these verses apply to our individual lives, and ask God to reveal to us if there is anything specific we need to repent of or work on. Let’s look at Chapter 11*.
Key Verses in Chapter 11:
v.5 The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.
v.6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
You reap what you sow (Gal. 6:7). The indulgence of their desires destroys sinners.
v.10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
v.11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exaulted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
When the righteous prevail, everyone rejoices because the cities/nation is built up; justice is maintained and wrongdoers are dealt with. But when cities/nations turn away from God, they will suffer for it. When the wicked prevail, cities/nations are torn down. Such people have no wise guidance to give. And when the wicked prevail, injustice also prevails, and wrongdoing triumphs. Some would say America is experiencing this today.
v.17 A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings himself harm.
v.18 …but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
v.19 The truly righteous man attains life, but he who prusues evil goes to his death.
It’s in our own best interest to be kind and obey God’s commands; we only hurt ourselves if we don’t.
The following is a blog post I wrote on 17NOV2016…..
A Prayer For National Healing
Father God…..Forgive our nation for falling away from Your commands. Turn our hearts to You so that our land and our people may be healed. Show us a new path to peace. Join us together in a desire to rebuild what we’ve allowed to be broken, to plant new hope where it’s been allowed to grow stagnant, and to come together with a renewed love and respect not only for our country but for our neighbor.
Bless our elected and appointed officials….from local levels to the White House. Raise up godly men and women that will think selflessly – and in accordance with Your commands – for the wellbeing of our nation and its citizens, not for profit or power. May they look to You for guidance, and may they choose wisely those who will advise them and execute their vision for our country, and our communities.
Remove any enemy attacks or attempts at disruption that would cause further discourse and division. Bring our nation together, stronger and more inspired than ever, to stand up for the liberties with which we are so blessed….including the right to hold different opinions and beliefs.
As Christians, we know You are a Sovereign God, able to work YOUR will regardless of how we exercise OUR free will. We trust Your will, and we praise You for being holy and faithful. May Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
I pray all these things in the powerful Name of Jesus…