Praying to God           Proverbs 15

26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked,
       but those of the pure are pleasing to him.

    27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family,
       but he who hates bribes will live.

    28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
       but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

    29 The LORD is far from the wicked
       but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

    30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
       and good news gives health to the bones.

    31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke
       will be at home among the wise.

    32 He who ignores discipline despises himself,
       but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.

    33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, [c]
       and humility comes before honor.

Look at verse 30.  For whose heart can you show a cheerful face? people around you  Whose look are you trying to catch for your own heart-felt joy? parents/friends

Have you looked to the Lord to provide that elusive joy?


Write the questions, in red, down in one color and the answers in another skipping lines between each.

Think about your walk with God.  What do you do to please the Lord? serve others

Look back at Proverbs 15 at vv. 8, 9, 11.  Do you do anything that is detestable to the Lord?List 2 

How does it make you feel to know God is always everywhere" keeping watch" (v. 3): Uneasy? Naked? Relieved? Secure? Scared? (Pick One)

Write down a time when you rejected your parent's discipline or when you spurned a teacher's advise.What happened?  What did you learn?  In what sense do you relate to God as you do with your earthly father. ask for things, advise, blessings

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Ok now think about some of these key easy to understand proverbs found in the last couple of weeks from Proverbs.    Think about a proverb that you have used successfully. Describe it and verse.  I showed joy to a student for doing good and they were happy v. 30  What doors have you opened lately using the keys found here in proverbs?  What doors remain shut?   What keys seem ont to work for you?  Go back and look at verse 1.  Whose weath seems "unturned" in spite of your "gentle answer"? 

Given your economic standard of living and family status, do verses 16-17 still present viable options today?  Which option would you prefer and why?


Verse 28

Jesus answered questions in Mark 11:27-33 and Mark 12:13-40.  Jesus studied the Bible.  His answers were wise.  Jesus thought about what the Bible says.  And he knew the right answers.

We too need to think about problems.  Especially, we must discover what the Bible says.  Then we shall learn God’s wisdom.

An evil man hates God.  The evil man does not think about what is right.  Instead, he answers quickly.  If an evil man does think about his answers, then he makes an evil plan.  If he does not think about his answer, his plans are still evil.

Verse 29

‘God is not deaf or weak.  The result of your evil actions is that you have moved far away from God.’  (Isaiah 59:1-2)

However, God is close to a good person.  God even knows a good person’s silent prayers.  See Matthew 6:6-8.

Verse 30

Even our smiling faces can cheer other people!  People are glad, if we smile.

Our words can achieve more than our happy faces.  The Christian message is good news.  God can change people’s lives.  He will forgive them, if they trust him.  This good news will make people strong.

Verse 31

If someone learns from words of correction, then that person will become wiser.

We all make mistakes.  A wise person learns not to repeat his mistakes.  He knows that correction is valuable.

Verse 32

When other people correct us, we become wiser.  And we become more responsible.  Correction is a good thing.

But someone who refuses to obey instructions will suffer as a result.  This is as if he hates himself.  We should learn discipline.  And we should learn to be wise.

Verse 33

Especially, we shall learn to be wise, if we respect God.  Wisdom is God’s gift to us.  We must respect God.  This is the first and most important lesson in wisdom (Proverbs 1:7).

People want to receive honour.  But many people do not want to be humble.  We need to be humble, because we need to learn from God.  We also need to learn from other people.  If we are humble, then God will be pleased with us.  God gives honour to humble people.

If we are humble, then the result is honour.

This is the first of a series of proverbs (wise words) about God.  This series continues in the next chapter.



OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:

1. Identify the simple man

2. Explain the difference between the Wisdom and Knowledge

3. describe the

4. chart on a map the

5. define the terms

6. Explain the significance of

Knowledge: Recall of data.

Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one's own words.

Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the workplace.

Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences. 

Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.

Remember : Recognizing, Recalling
Understand : Interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing, explaining
Apply : Executing, implementing
Analyze : Differentiating, organizing, attributing
Evaluate : checking, critiquing
Create: generating, planning, producing