“Has No Root”
Lord, cause your word—the word that we must have if we are to live—to take deep root in our lives.
Cause our initial enthusiasm for your word—as valid, legitimate, and heart-felt as that enthusiasm may be—to give way to a deep and abiding relationship with you that issues in such solid trust that nothing can ever shake it.
Constantly remind us that the way of true joy goes through real trouble; guard us from a shallowness that is surprised at that reality.
“As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away.” (Matthew 13:20-21)