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Praying through Proverbs

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

Week 1 Proverbs 1


2 To know wisdom and instruction,

to understand words of insight,

3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,

in righteousness, justice, and equity;

4 to give prudence to the simple,

knowledge and discretion to the youth—

  • As we begin praying through the Book of Proverbs, O Lord, we pray that our children will have more than just an awareness of the facts but a comprehension of their meanings and the inter-relationships of facts. Give them open hearts to receive, retain and use Your instruction in their daily lives. Give them ingenuity in using the Truth effectively in their own lives, and in dealing with others.


5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,

and the one who understands obtain guidance,

6 to understand a proverb and a saying,

the words of the wise and their riddles.

  • Father, as we teach our children, we pray they will be diligent to present themselves “approved to You as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” We pray they will be increasing in learning - that they may know more and know it better, more clearly and distinctly, and know better how to make use of it. Guide their understanding with spiritual insight into all areas of thought. Teach them to evaluate everything they are learning through the lens of Truth - Your Word - and never be ashamed of Your Word “for it is Your power for salvation to everyone who believes.”


7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and instruction.

  • Father, may the heart of our homeschool be the reverential and worshipful fear of You. May our children know that the beginning, the starting point, the essence and foundation of knowledge begins by bowing before You as both Creator and Savior. O LORD, direct and enliven our children’s pursuits of true knowledge. May they be careful in every thing to please You and fearful of offending You in any thing. May they carefully choose their closest friends - those who adore Godly wisdom and instruction; having a desire of Your favor, and a dread of displeasing You.


8 Hear, my son, your father's instruction,

and forsake not your mother's teaching,

9 for they are a graceful garland for your head

and pendants for your neck.

  • Father, we pray that our instruction will be guided by Your Word so that our children will have a solid Biblical foundation. And as they grow, may they build on that foundation with those ideas which are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise. May they welcome Truth from Your Word and embrace it with their whole heart, soul, and mind. Give them ears to hear and eyes to see the great value of our instruction and teaching. May they not neglect it, nor reject it, but wear it in such a way that others will be drawn to it.


10 My son, if sinners entice you,

do not consent.

15 my son, do not walk in the way with them;

hold back your foot from their paths,

  • O LORD, You know we are raising our children in a very sensual and enticing culture. We pray for them not to be drawn into sin, but rather to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach as they live the midst of this crooked and perverse generation. And if they are enticed by smooth sounding words, bring to their minds the Truth of Your Word which they have been taught for light in order to return to the true path of life. We pray they will fix their eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of their faith.


20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street,

in the markets she raises her voice;

21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;

at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

  • O LORD, there is a lot of noise in the streets today - false ideas coming from every direction surrounding our children with persuasive arguments. We pray that our children will not miss the voice of Wisdom in the midst of all the noises. Give them ears to hear and block out all the false noises. Jesus, You are voice of Wisdom, for in You are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and You are the centre of all divine revelation, not only the essential Wisdom, but the eternal Word, by whom God speaks to us. May our children hear, listen, and learn from You. We pray all our children will be taught by You, O LORD.


23 If you turn at my reproof,

behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;

I will make my words known to you.

33 whoever listens to me will dwell secure

and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.

  • Father, when our children are in the midst of a crowd which is going the wrong way, please call out to them. We pray they will hear You calling their name. And then by the power of Your Spirit who is at work within them, they would turn to Your voice and live. You know our natural tendencies are to wander “off road”. We are powerless to change ourselves. Even when we want to we don’t. We can’t. Thank You for the promise that You are at work within us both to will and to do according to Your good pleasure. May our children come to You, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Week 2 Proverbs 2


My son, if you receive my words

and treasure up my commandments with you,

2 making your ear attentive to wisdom

and inclining your heart to understanding;

  • There are so many things seeking the attention of our children’s hearts. Father, we pray our sons and daughters will read Your Word daily, receive and welcome it with all readiness of mind. May they be laying it up - storing it safely in their hearts and treasuring it as a precious possession. May they continue turning it over and over in their minds throughout the day.


3 yes, if you call out for insight

and raise your voice for understanding,

4 if you seek it like silver

and search for it as for hidden treasures,

5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord

and find the knowledge of God.

  • We pray for our children to cry out, as new-born babes, desiring and longing after the pure spiritual milk, that by it they may grow up into salvation. We pray they will never be hesitant to speak out the Truth of Your Word. May they be intentional in seeking it, preferring it, laboring for it and yielding their lives to it. Your promise is that if they will do this, then they will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Our greatest concern for our children is that they know You, and to evidence it by loving You.