We acknowledge, O God, that the life you have given us to live is a challenging life and the mission you have given us to carry out is a risky mission. We acknowledge that if we as sheep faithfully follow our shepherd, that if we consistently and intentionally try to live and love as Jesus lived and loved, we will run afoul of the wolves in the world like he did.
So, O God, give us sharp and nimble minds that will navigate our way in the world with insight and wisdom.
At the same time, give us hearts that are in the right place—that are in your place—so that we can do what we do and say what we say out of a solid place within us; give us the motives of grace, service, and selflessness that befit followers of Jesus Christ.
“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be as wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)