“Why Are You Putting Me to the Test?”
Help us, O Lord, to grow in character so that we will ask whatever we ask you and seek whatever we seek from you out of hearts filled with sincerity and out of lives filled with integrity.
Protect us from speaking as if we have more respect for you than we do or as if we practice greater submission to you than we do.
Guard us from seeking loopholes, exceptions, or other ways out of our responsibilities.
Help us, O Lord, to grow into the kind of people who ask whatever we ask you because we really want to know and who seek whatever we seek from you because we truly want to do your will.
“Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?” (Matthew 22:15-18)