Prayer: Grant almighty God that your kindness and goodness would lead people to repentance and faith in you. We live in a fallen world and see the effects of sin all around us. We sin the deception of it and the consequences it brings on the lives of those we love. Indeed, we see those same effects in our own lives. We often grow weary of the struggle, and we fail to watch and pray lest we enter temptation. Like many before us, if we are not careful to learn from their failures, we too will be like them. Please grant us a deeper understanding of your hand of discipline on our lives, and may you use it for good. We pray the same for those who are wandering. Like sheep, they have gone astray. They have become prey to the efforts of the Evil One, and he has led them to believe in soul-destroying things. Though we grieve and pray for them, we know that only your hand can turn them from the path they seem determined to walk. We pray that you will turn them from their sin and bring them back to the narrow path that leads to life. Therefore, we plead with you to do a mighty work for our friends and family. We ask that you show mercy to them and rescue them from the sin that leads to death. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Rom. 2:3-4; Matt. 26:41; Heb. 12:3-11

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