Friday, April 22, 2011

A Prayer for Friday, April 22, 2011

“Then You Will See Clearly”

Jesus teaches that it is possible for followers of him to get to a point of genuine spiritual maturity, a maturity marked by a determined willingness to become aware of so as to get rid of their own blatant sin, hypocrisy, and self-deception, so that they can legitimately approach a sister or brother with the goal of helping them to deal with some sin that he or she is facing.

O God, keep us from trying to approach someone else to “help” them with their sin when we have not yet faced up to ours.

O God, if we cannot approach a sister or brother with genuine love and grace and with great humility, cause us to keep our “help” to ourselves.

O God, if we can truly see our way clear to try to help someone else, give us the courageous love required to do so.

And O God, if we are the ones with a speck in our eye and if we get a real offer of real help from a real friend, give us the courageous grace to accept it.


O God,

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5)

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