“For the Sake of your Tradition”
On the one hand, O God, we realize that no words on a page, not even those on the pages of the Bible, can be read without being interpreted; it is not possible simply to read and do—so we ask that we will be guided by your Spirit, your grace, and your love in our interpretation and application of your words.
On the other hand, O God, we confess that our interpretation and application of your words is all too often guided instead by our selfishness, our short-sightedness, and our fear.
Grant that we will come to your words with sound motives rather than with unsound ones that we might understand and live them out in sound ways rather than unsound ones.
“He answered them, ‘And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.’ But you say that whoever tells father or mother, ‘Whatever support you might have had from me is given to God,’ then that person need not honor the father. So, for the sake of your tradition, you make void the word of God.’” (Matthew 15:3-6).