Daily Reading and Prayer – Tuesday, August 25

Proverbs 14 – Selected Verses

1 The wise woman builds her house,
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
3 A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,
but the lips of the wise protect them.
9 Fools mock at making amends for sin,
but goodwill is found among the upright.
10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,
and no one else can share its joy.
15 The simple believe anything,
but the prudent give thought to their steps.
21 It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,
but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.
23 All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.
31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Martin Luther’s Prayer for Morning
I give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have protected me through the night from all danger and harm. I ask you to preserve and keep me, this day also, from all sin and evil, that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may serve and please you. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angels have charge of me, that the wicked one have no power over me.

Benediction (from Colossians 3)
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within me all this day; and whatever I do in word or deed, may I do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Amen.