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.


6 For the Lord gives wisdom;

from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;

he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

8 guarding the paths of justice

and watching over the way of his saints.

  • You, LORD, have blessed the world with wisdom, knowledge and understanding. You explain the deep things, those things hidden from the natural man, but to the spiritual man You have given the mind of Christ. We ask that You would open the hearts, souls, and minds of our children to wisdom. You said that if any one lacks wisdom that we were to ask You and You would give it. Thank You for providing these promises. You are our protection even in times when we are in danger because of what we believe; and You preserve us because You are faithful.


9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice

and equity, every good path;

10 for wisdom will come into your heart,

and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

  • Because we are living in a time of great confusion about justice and equity, Thank You Lord, for true Wisdom to guide us in right thinking. We pray that You Word will have dominion over our children. That is not only renews their minds, but enters deeply into their very lives in order to influence their every action. Thank You for the promise that grace reigning in the heart will be a powerful preservative both against corruptions within and temptations without. May they find delight in Truth because that is when knowledge becomes pleasant to the soul.


11 discretion will watch over you,

understanding will guard you,

12 delivering you from the way of evil,

  • Thank you for your Word which preserves our children from people with corrupt principles who intentionally deny or suppress Truth or who may ridicule them because they believe your Word is Truth about history, science, and faith. Our society seems to be ganging up against those who love You and believe that your Word is Truth. Keep our children from being ensnared by them. Thank you for watching over them; guarding them; and delivering them from those who oppose You and your Word is Wisdom


16 So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman,

from the adulteress with her smooth words,

17 who forsakes the companion of her youth

and forgets the covenant of her God;

  • Father, today we pray for our sons and our daughters.

  • For our daughters: May they never forget your covenant with them. Bless them and keep them. May they remain faithful to You and to the one they marry.

  • For our sons: Smooth seductive words and images permeate this culture. Deliver our sons from these entrapments. May the meditations of their hearts be pleasing to You.


20 So you will walk in the way of the good

and keep to the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright will inhabit the land,

and those with integrity will remain in it,

22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,

and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

  • Thank You for bringing the message of Truth to us so that we can teach our children, that You are light and in You is no darkness at all. We pray that our children will walk in the light, staying on the narrow path of righteousness, having fellowship with You.

Week 3 Proverbs 3


My son, do not forget my teaching,

but let your heart keep my commandments,

2 for length of days and years of life

and peace they will add to you.

  • Father, as parents and teachers of our children, may we be well acquainted with Your Word - applying it into every discipline. May Your Word direct our understanding of each subject we teach our children. Give us wisdom in teaching Truth to them. Show us any areas where we might be compromising it so that we won’t be mixing Truth with false ideas.

  • We ask that our children will have the firm conviction that all Scripture is inspired by You - from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22 - and is useful in teaching them what is true and giving them the ability to discern what is false. We pray that our children will not forget or neglect our teaching, but have a continual regard for Your Word. Thanks for the promise to those whose heart is set on Your commandments: for Your Word will provide a long and full life, and will add well-being to them.


3 Let not steadfast love and truth forsake you;

bind them around your neck;

write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 So you will find favor and good success

in the sight of God and man.

  • Father, we pray for our children to be patient and kind; that they would not envy what others have or be boastful about the things they have. We pray they would not be arrogant or rude always insisting on their own way; may they not be irritable or resentful rejoicing at wrongdoing, but may they rejoice with Truth. Strengthen them to bear all things, to believe all that You have written, to have hope when things seem hopeless, and to endure through difficult days. O Lord, give us wisdom as we care for them. May the things they learn not just be written with No. 2 pencils in notebooks, but by Your Spirit write Truth on the tablets of their hearts so that they will find favor and have good success in the sight of You and others.


5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

7 Be not wise in your own eyes;

fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

  • Almighty God, we pray that our children will believe that You are able to do what You will, wise to do what is best, and good, according to Your promise to do what is best for them. May they yield to Your wisdom, power, and goodness and in all their ways acknowledge You with thankfulness and submission. May they always believe that Your hand is over-ruling and ordering all their circumstances. May they not simply depend on their own understanding of things, but ask Your advice for direction in their lives, not just in difficult decisions, but in every case.


11 My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline

or be weary of his reproof,

12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,

as a father the son in whom he delights.

  • Father, we pray that our children will live moment by moment in relationship with You. That they will not harden their hearts under Your discipline be it ever so light or short. And likewise, they will not faint under it or become dispirited under it. May they know You will deliver them from under the pressure of it. And finally, may they know that it is divine correction from a good and loving Heavenly Father - for we can be sure that You do us no wrong and that a God of infinite goodness means us no hurt or harm. May they never grow weary for You know our limits, both what we need and what we can bear.


13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,

and the one who gets understanding,

14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver

and her profit better than gold.

15 She is more precious than jewels,

and nothing you desire can compare with her.

  • Heavenly Father, we pray for our children to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. Give them discernment to recognize the true value of the wisdom which comes from Your Word - much more valuable than gold, silver, or precious jewelry. May these bright and shiny things be dimmed in their hearts by the pure brightness of Your Wisdom.


16 Long life is in her right hand;

in her left hand are riches and honor.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,

and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;

those who hold her fast are called blessed.

19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;

by understanding he established the heavens;

  • Father, these are such sweet words of encouragement. May our family know the embrace of life, riches and honor Your offer to each of us each day. May we yield our lives to Your ways and find true pleasantness and paths of peace. Give our children discernment so that they will know the difference between what the world offers and what Your promise. May they know You as their Creator and Savior. Our prayer is that our children will grow up in our home knowing You in this way - holding fast to the Word of Life!


21 My son, do not lose sight of these—

keep sound wisdom and discretion,

22 and they will be life for your soul

and adornment for your neck.

23 Then you will walk on your way securely,

and your foot will not stumble.

24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;

when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.’

  • O Lord, we pray that our children will never close their hearts to You or Your Word. Instead, may they meditate on Your Word day and night and as they do show them wondrous things from Your Word. For it is from that treasury that comes sound wisdom, discretion and unspeakable advantage because it is not the wisdom of man, but the Wisdom of God giving life to their soul. We pray they will know they are under the special protection of Your Providence and find personal satisfaction for their souls. It is in the name and authority of Jesus that we pray. Amen.

Week 4 Proverbs 4


Hear, O sons, a father's instruction,

and be attentive, that you may gain insight,

2 for I give you good precepts;

do not forsake my teaching.

3 When I was a son with my father,

tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,

4 he taught me and said to me,

“Let your heart hold fast my words;

keep my commandments, and live.

  • Father, we pray for fathers to have godly wisdom to teach their children. Teach us O Lord, that we might be good teachers of our children. May they accept our teaching as from You, with authority and affection. We pray our children will not forget our teaching. May Your Words make a deep impressions upon them. May they never be ashamed of You or Your Word. Rivet Your thoughts into their hearts, souls, and minds.


5 Get wisdom; get insight;

do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

6 Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;

love her, and she will guard you.

  • Father, we know our non-Christian culture is taking away the faith of many Christian young people. Protect their faith from those who will make fun of them for believing Your Word. Guard their hearts from the cares of this world and the love of money which so easily ensnares us. We pray our children’s hearts will be good soil, and that Your Word will sprout, grow, and produce a crop that will be thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted. We lean on this promise written by Paul:

  • “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ”(Philippians 1:6).


7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,

and whatever you get, get insight.

8 Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;

she will honor you if you embrace her.

9 She will place on your head a graceful garland;

she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

  • O Lord, may our children know that the starting point of their education is wisdom - wisdom from Your Word - for without it other information is meaningless or distorted. We pray they will prize and embrace You and Your Word. Lord, give them a wise and an understanding heart. We pray their beauty will be an inward beauty of the heart. May others be attracted to Christ in them.


10 Hear, my son, and accept my words,

that the years of your life may be many.

11 I have taught you the way of wisdom;

I have led you in the paths of uprightness.

12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered,

and if you run, you will not stumble.

13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;

guard her, for she is your life.

  • Father, give us Your thoughts and wisdom so that we can teach our children the way of wisdom. Teach us the best ways for us to lead them in the paths of uprightness. We know that we cannot impart what we don’t possess. First, change my heart O Lord. Second, may our children love wisdom and cleave to it. We pray You will preserve, guard and guide them. May they know Christ as their life.


14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,

and do not walk in the way of the evil.

15 Avoid it; do not go on it;

turn away from it and pass on.

  • O Lord, we pray for our children to avoid every thing that looks like sin or leads to it. May they recognize the path of wickedness and turn away from it and turn to the path of goodness and life. Even though the way of evil may seem pleasant or sociable, may they dread and detest the ways of sinners. Only You, O Lord, can keep them safe from the multiplicity of ideas and ways of thinking that has redefined life in this generation.


18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,

which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;

they do not know over what they stumble.

  • Father, we pray for our children to walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of their time. May they be guided by the light of Your Word to light their way. We pray they will be light in the Lord and walk in the light as He is in the light. Thank You Lord that Your Word is true that shines light into the darkness keeping us from stumbling.


20 My son, be attentive to my words;

incline your ear to my sayings.

21 Let them not escape from your sight;

keep them within your heart.

22 For they are life to those who find them,

and healing to all their flesh.

23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,

for from it flow the springs of life.

26 Ponder the path of your feet;

then all your ways will be sure.

27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;

turn your foot away from evil.

  • Father, may Your Words of Wisdom govern our children’s lives warning them of the dangers around them as well as providing life to their spirits. We pray they will welcome, receive and retain Wisdom in their hearts. We pray they will not be caught between two or more opposing viewpoints, but will stay true to You and Your Word.

Week 5 Proverbs


My son, be attentive to my wisdom;

incline your ear to my understanding,

2 that you may keep discretion,

and your lips may guard knowledge.

  • Father, we pray our children will trust in Your wisdom which not only guides us into life but also guards us from sin. Give them sound judgment so they will always know the right thing to say when confronted with temptation. Give them clear thinking. May they not live by their feelings, but by faith in our instruction from Your Word. May they not have to “experience” sin for themselves to know its terrible consequences, but rather believe what you have written about it.


3 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,

and her speech is smoother than oil,

4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,

sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death;

her steps follow the path to Sheol;

6 she does not ponder the path of life;

her ways wander, and she does not know it.

  • Thank you Lord for telling us that sexual sin is so tempting and so desirable, but at the same time warning us that it is so terrible and destructive. And so, we pray for our sons to hear and understanding that what You have said is true. Your teaching is not to keep us from enjoying pleasure, but rather to keep us from choosing the path that leads to death. For our daughters we pray they will never use their natural charming femininity to deceive and lead anyone astray, but rather they will choose the path of life for themselves.


7 And now, O sons, listen to me,

and do not depart from the words of my mouth.

8 Keep your way far from her,

and do not go near the door of her house,

  • Give us as parents wisdom in how to instruct our children in this most intimate relationship. We pray that our children will pay close attention to what Your Word says about it, and mix faith with it, treasure it up, and never depart from it. We pray they will do right. O Lord, this sin is crouching at our children’s door; it desires to have them. We cry out to you - give them strength to resist.


11 and at the end of your life you groan,

when your flesh and body are consumed,

12 and you say, “How I hated discipline,

and my heart despised reproof!

13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers

or incline my ear to my instructors.

14 I am at the brink of utter ruin

in the assembled congregation

  • Father, keep our children in the palm of Your hands. As we teach them about moral purity give us great wisdom. May we clearly do our part as parents in giving Godly counsel to them. May they not turn away from them all the days of their lives. May they take Your warnings to heart. Guard their hearts. You know the flesh is weak. Help us to know it as well. And if they do fall into this sin, may they quickly come to You and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you …”


15 Drink water from your own cistern,

flowing water from your own well.

  • O Lord, our culture has contempt for marriage and purity, but You have said that marriage is honorable and that the marriage bed be undefiled. We pray for our children who are married and those who will be marrying that they will be faithful to their own wife --sharing their love only with their wife. What may appear to be a harmless glance, look, or conversation can lead to utter destruction. Keep them. We pray they will be filled with Your Spirit and not carry out the desires of the flesh.


18 Let your fountain be blessed,

and rejoice in the wife of your youth,

  • Father, You have said that "Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is tasty!" You know that sin has a certain allurement drawing our hearts away from You. We pray our children will be very careful - particularly in this area of marriage purity. Give our children discernment as they look into the hearts of those they will marry. May our sons by captivated only by the love of their own wives. May they rejoice - take pleasure in, have joy in, delight, be fond of and love dearly - in the wife of their youth. May you bless them with children and may they take delight in their children and look upon them with pleasure.


21 For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord,

and he ponders all his paths.

22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,

and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.

23 He dies for lack of discipline,

and because of his great folly he is led astray.

  • O Lord, our hearts are bent toward evil. Thank You for this clear reminder of the end of a life of sin. Knowing that we run to that which is wrong, we pray for our children to flee from sexual immorality. We pray that our children will guard with great watchfulness and resolution against the allurements of their sensual appetite. We pray they will never be entangled in these cords. But if they do, we pray that with the same power You used to break the cords of Death, You would use to break these cords of sin and death and set them free.

Guard Your Heart

Steve Green

Oh, be careful little eyes what you see

Oh, be careful little eyes what you see

For the Father up above is looking down in love

Oh, be careful little eyes what you see

What appears to be harmless glance?

Can turn to romance and homes are divided

Feelings that should never have been awakened within

Tearing the heart in two, listen, I beg of you

Guard your heart, guard your heart

Don't trade it for treasure, don't give it away

Guard your heart, guard your heart

As a payment for pleasure, it's high price to pay

For a soul that remains sincere with conscience clear

Guard your heart

The human heart is easily swayed

And often betrayed at the hand of emotion

You dare not leave the outcome to chance

You must choose in advance

Or live with the agony

Such needless tragedy

Guard your heart, guard your heart

Don't trade it for treasure, don't give it away

Guard your heart, guard your heart

As a payment for pleasure, it's high price to pay

Guard your heart, guard your heart

Don't trade it for treasure, don't give it away

Guard your heart, guard your heart

As a payment for pleasure, it's high price to pay

For a soul that remains sincere with conscience clear

Guard your heart

For a soul that remains sincere with conscience clear

Guard your heart

Week 6 Proverbs 6


6 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,

have given your pledge for a stranger,

2 if you are snared in the words of your mouth,

caught in the words of your mouth,

3 then do this, my son, and save yourself,

for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:

go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor.

4 Give your eyes no sleep

and your eyelids no slumber;

5 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,

like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

  • Father, we pray our children will recognize the lack of wisdom in binding themselves to another persons debt. May they recognize the seriousness of such a decision. May they realize that co-signing on another person’s note actually places them into debt. We pray that our children will keep out of debt as much as may be possible. Open their eyes to see debt as an incumbrance which entangles them in the world which is not so easily untangled.


6 Go to the ant, O sluggard;

consider her ways, and be wise.

7 Without having any chief,

officer, or ruler,

8 she prepares her bread in summer

and gathers her food in harvest.

9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?

When will you arise from your sleep?

10 A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to rest,

11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,

and want like an armed man.

  • Father, we pray our children will realize that they have a great advantage because they are being taught by us. Give them an eagerness to learn and take advantage of this opportunity. May they have prudent foresight. We pray they would carefully consider how they spend - no invest - their time. Stir within them an understanding of the many opportunities that You have given them today so that they will be preparing themselves for tomorrow. May we all know that TIME is a gift from You and it is limited.

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12 A worthless person, a wicked man,

goes about with crooked speech,

13 winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,

points with his finger,

14 with perverted heart devises evil,

continually sowing discord;

15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;

in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.

  • Thank You, Lord, that in Christ we are new creatures all together; that our old life has passed away; and that you have given us a new heart. Thank You that we have a new power for living - Your life in us! We pray our children will walk in the Spirit rather than walk in the flesh. May they know their true identity in Christ - adopted, loved, and chosen before the beginning of the world, that they should be holy and blameless before You. Naturally, our hearts are prone to wander; may Your goodness bind our wandering hearts to You. We pray our children will present their lives to You as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable, and pleasing to You.


16 There are six things that the Lord hates,

seven that are an abomination to him:

17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,

and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 a heart that devises wicked plans,

feet that make haste to run to evil,

19 a false witness who breathes out lies,

and one who sows discord among brothers.

  • Thank You Lord Jesus for making possible the great exchange - giving Your life in exchange for ours. We pray for our children to believe in this great mystery: that we “have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Make these exchanges real in our lives:

  • Exchange our haughty eyes with Your eyes of love and acceptance.

  • Exchange our lying tongue with words telling the Truth.

  • Exchange our hands that shed innocent blood with words of abundant and eternal life.

  • Exchange our heart that devises wicked plans with a new heart which seeks Your will to be done.

  • Exchange our feet that make haste to run to evil with beautiful feet bringing the Good News.

  • Exchange our false witness which breathes out lies with a faithful witness to Your goodness.

  • Exchange our sowing discord among brothers with words bringing forth peace and unity.


20 My son, keep your father's commandment,

and forsake not your mother's teaching.

21 Bind them on your heart always;

tie them around your neck.

22 When you walk, they will lead you;

when you lie down, they will watch over you;

and when you awake, they will talk with you.

23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,

and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

24 to preserve you from the evil woman,

from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.

  • We pray for our family to faithfully adhere to the Word of God and to take it for our guide in all our beliefs and behaviors. We pray our children will look upon the Word of God both as a light and as a law. May it be a lamp to their eyes for guiding them, and to their feet preserving and protecting them from sexual impurity. O Lord, may our children’s convictions rest firmly on the eternal certainty of Truth which You have revealed to us. We pray for parents to direct their children to Your Word, put it into their hands, train them up in the knowledge and observance of it. May Your Word be our companion, and converse with it during the day and night. May it be our life.


25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart,

and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;

26 for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread,[g]

but a married woman hunts down a precious life.

27 Can a man carry fire next to his chest

and his clothes not be burned?

28 Or can one walk on hot coals

and his feet not be scorched?

29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife;

none who touches her will go unpunished.

  • Heavenly Father, we pray our sons will keep a distance from this sin, and to look upon it with the utmost dread and detestation. May they believe Your Word which explains that there is an inner pull toward sin and that it is more powerful than their ability to control their own nature. May our children not succumb to the war that is waging within them. Finally, may they know that only You can set them free from this body of sin and death.


30 People do not despise a thief if he steals

to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,

31 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;

he will give all the goods of his house.

32 He who commits adultery lacks sense;

he who does it destroys himself.