Daily Reading and Prayer – Saturday, August 22

Following yesterday’s pattern, here are a half-dozen highlights. Incidentally, the first one is a pretty concise summary of the whole book of Proverbs!

Proverbs 12

1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but whoever hates correction is stupid.
10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
11 Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,
and the work of their hands brings them reward.
16 Fools show their annoyance at once,
but the prudent overlook an insult.
25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.
28 In the way of righteousness there is life;
along that path is immortality.

Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit – from Metropolitan Philaret of the Mount Athos Monastery

Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples. Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in my life the work of Your grace and love.
Grant me the Spirit of Fear of the Lord that I may be filled with a loving reverence toward You.
the Spirit of Piety that I may find peace and fulfillment in serving You, while serving others;
the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with my salvation;
the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know You and know myself, and thus grow in holiness;
the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your truth;
the Spirit of Counsel that I may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom;
Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may aspire to the things that last forever;
Teach me to be Your faithful disciple. Animate me with Your Spirit in every aspect of my life.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.
Amen.