Daily Reading and Prayer – Friday, September 4

Proverbs 22 – A Selection

1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;

    to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

2 Rich and poor have this in common:

    The Lord is the Maker of them all.

4 Humility is the fear of the Lord;

    its wages are riches and honor and life.

6 Start children off on the way they should go,

    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

9 The generous will themselves be blessed,

    for they share their food with the poor.

22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor

    and do not crush the needy in court,

23 for the Lord will take up their case

    and will exact life for life.

24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,

    do not associate with one easily angered,

25 or you may learn their ways

    and get yourself ensnared.

Prayer (from DailyPrayer.us)

God our Father, you call each of us by name, and you treasure each of us individually as though no-one else exists. Inspire me to respect and value each person who comes into my life this day. Teach me to recognize your face in the people you put into my life. Let me recognize the duties and responsibilities that come with the gifts you have given me so freely, and inspire me to live in such a way that I always give of my best and be welcoming and generous towards others. In Christ’s name I pray,

Amen.