Daily Reading and Prayer – Friday September 11

Proverbs 28

A ruler who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

Evildoers do not understand what is right,
but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.

Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than the rich whose ways are perverse.

The rich are wise in their own eyes;
one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;
but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.

When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;
but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.

Prayer to Grow Closer to God

Dear Lord, I am trying to do better and better each day; I am trying to walk with you and do your will, but sometimes it seems like I am slipping backwards no matter how hard I try. And I get confused sometimes; even if I want to do the right thing, I don’t always know what it is.

So this is my prayer, heavenly Lord, for your help in straightening out my mind and straightening out my life. Lead me, Lord, and let your Holy Spirit guide me. Even if the correction is painful, help me to keep my mind open to your truth. Let me do your will in my every action, and know your will, that I might do it. Help me not be deceived by false assertions or glib intelligence, by those who would excuse or promote sinful actions, by those who simply do not know; and above all, help me not to deceive myself.

Guide me away from excuses and rationalizations when I have sinned, but into your holy truth, that I might know my sin, and correct what I can, and ask forgiveness for what I cannot.

Lord, pour your love into my heart, that I may love you above all things, and my neighbors as myself. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.