Reading: Isaiah 58-60; Psalm 119:153-176
Father, the sum of your Word is truth. Your Word endures forever. Give me the peace that comes from knowing and doing your laws. Religious rituals without obedience do not satisfy you. Let me not mistake ritual for obedience, or talk of your Word with living it. You desire a contrite heart that trembles at your Word and takes action on behalf of the vulnerable. Let me not seek my own pleasure as I pursue you. Father, keep me from sin because it separates me from you, and nothing could be worse than that. Do not hide your face from me, but turn your face towards me and see that the righteousness of your Son covers me. Truth has stumbled in the world today, and it is not easy for it to enter. The one who lifts it up is made an enemy, but they also make themselves your friend. A friend of yours is an enemy to the world.