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The Wisdom of Proverbs
by Jean Grant
Help your students understand the wisdom of the Book of Proverbs with this prayer service.
Preparation: All gather around the prayer table. Hold class Bibles turned to Proverbs 8:32-35. On the prayer table, have a small dish of holy water available.


All Read Together:
Proverbs 8:32-35
So now, O children, listen to me;
instruction and wisdom do not reject!
Happy the man who obeys me,
and happy those who keep my ways,
Happy the man watching daily at my gates,
waiting at my doorposts;
For he who finds me finds life,
and wins favor from the Lord.

Leader: The Book of Proverbs guides us with advice from history based on a foundation of experience, knowledge, and common sense. The words we just read speak of the path to everlasting life. God wants us to be with him, and we are urged to move forward.

All Read Together:
Proverbs 28:1
The wicked man flees although no one pursues him;
but the just man, like a lion, feels sure of himself.

Leader: Be confident in your actions and choices. When you choose the right path, you can be proud. Choosing the wrong path leaves an uneasy feeling inside. Place God first and foremost in your life. You never have to fear when God is on your side.

All Read Together:
Proverbs 28:5
Evil men understand nothing of justice,
but those who seek the Lord understand all.

Leader: When we choose the path promoted by the devil, we give in to our own ego and the attractiveness of what the devil places before us. If we hurt others, we reject turning to prayer to ask God for the strength to fight temptation. If we put God above all else, we know God and keep him secure in our hearts.

All Read Together:
Proverbs 19:1
Better a poor man who walks in his integrity
than he who is crooked in his ways and rich.

Leader: We ourselves have grown in wisdom since the writing of Proverbs in the Old Testament. We know from the words of Jesus in the New Testament that we must be as little children to enter the kingdom of heaven. We must not cling to riches or be dishonest to accumulate “things.” A person who walks straight and with conviction while following the path to the Lord will find riches beyond imagination in the eternal home. Let us close with the Our Father and the words of Jesus, the Master Teacher. As we pray this prayer, step forward to be blessed with holy water in the name of Jesus.

All pray the Our Father together.


Jean Grant teaches at St. Charles Borromeo School, St. Charles, MO.



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