Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Wed, 12 July – Proverbs 11-12 ~ godly citizens

Reading, Reflection & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening(Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Reading: Proverbs 11-12 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NLT)I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.

Almighty God: you promise to give wisdom to those who ask for it. Today I ask for the wisdom to live as a godly citizen of my country – that all might live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.

Proverbs 11:11 (NLT)Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.

+ Sovereign God, I pray for the prosperity of our country. I pray that your people might live rightly, honestly, and humbly before you. I ask that we might speak words of encouragement, that we might kindly speak the truth, and that we may be trustworthy, keeping the confidences of others. Make us people who live with integrity, people who choose life. Keep us focused on the good around us, and deepen our roots in the love you have shown us through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Proverbs 11:14 (NLT) – Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.

Sovereign God: your hand has guided the history of our nation; you have chastened and corrected us when we veered off your path, and you have prospered and protected us when we have humbled ourselves before you. I pray for our President, our Vice-President, and all people of goodwill in our government. Give them the wisdom they need to restore us as “One Nation Under God.” Humble them before you at the enormity and complexity of the task – you alone have the wisdom, understanding and power to bring it about. Protect them from the lies and schemes of evil, wicked people. And in every word or action that pleases you, I ask that you multiply the good fruit of their efforts beyond all expectations.

Proverbs 12:13 (NLT) – The wicked are trapped by their own words, but the godly escape such trouble.

Sovereign God: you rule the world with truth and grace; expose the lies and schemes of evil, wicked people – who serve only themselves, and worse – the evil one. Expose and put to shame all those who are dishonest, treacherous, destructive, foolish, back-biting, ruthless, cruel, crooked, short-sighted, unstable, warped, murderous, untrustworthy, ambitious and prideful. May they reap what they sow, and may their treachery undo them in the end.

Proverbs 12:28 (NLT) – The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death.

Sovereign God: lead your people on the path of life – abundant and eternal. Humble us that we may receive your gift of wisdom. Rescue all those who trust in you. Make us a kind, generous, gracious people. Help us to stand firm in you, and speak life-giving words of faith into our families, our neighborhoods, our work-places, our communities, and our nation – through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“God of Our Fathers”


Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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