Praying Proverbs 30

Recently read Proverbs 30 and see how it could be “translated” to today as a prayer model.

1. Reminder of who I am and am not (v 2-4)

“I am the most ignorant of men…I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.” “Who has gone up to heave and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands?”

2. Reminder to not mess with God’s Word (v. 5-6)

3. Prayer to God for mercy and protection (v. 7-9)

…keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “who is the lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of the Lord.

4. Numerous reminders of the reality of how this broken world is, various examples of pain and a final reminder that fools who exalt them self come to strife, just like “twisting the nose produces blood.”

Certainly, this isn’t all that we need to pray, but I think it helpful none the less.

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