Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Wed, 09 Aug – Proverbs 17-18 ~ on family and friends

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.

Please Read: Proverbs 17-18 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

Immortal, invisible, God only wise: I pray for my family and friends today; give me the wisdom to build a strong family that honors you, and friendships that last forever.

On Family

Proverbs 17:6 (NLT)Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.

+ Place within me a cheerful spirit that encourages others and keeps the peace
+ Make me a person who speaks life, love, and hope into my family
+ Show me how to provide discipline with love and the intent of restoration
+ Test the motives of my heart, when I speak and when I listen
+ Quiet me that I may be more interested in understanding others than expressing my own opinion
+ Teach me to treat everyone with respect as persons created in your image

Loving God, bless my family with your love. Guard us from all danger and harm; deliver us from anger that leads to division; empower us to forgive as we have been forgiven; and send us into the world to witness to your love and grace; in the name of Jesus Christ we pray.

On Friends

Proverbs 18:24 (NLT)There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

+ Fill me with your loving-kindness and a ready willingness to seek the good of others
+ Place within me a cheerful heart that encourages others and forgives their faults
+ Give me the humility to accept a friend’s rebuke, and the ability to understand their point of view
+ Make me a peacemaker among friends, avoiding quarrels and speaking kindly
+ Make me a reliable, loyal, friend when my friends most need it

Heavenly Father, You are our Friend who sticks closer than a brother. You are our example of true friendship – One who laid down His life for His friends. Thank you for the gift of human friendship, which is a tangible representation of Your love and care for us. I pray that You would make me one who encourages my friends to press on in their journey of life, and to press in towards You. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.

Proverbs 18:10 (NLT)The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
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“Blessed Be the Name of the Lord” – Medley


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



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