“The Evil One…Snatches Away”
O God, give all of us—because all of us need your word—the ability not only to hear your word but also to understand it.
May our understanding of it penetrate deep into our hearts and change us so that we know what it is to follow Christ and to be led by your Spirit.
Plant that understanding so deeply in us that neither the evil one nor anyone else has a chance to take it from us.
“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path.” (Matthew 13:18-19)