“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.” (Mark 9:42)
Lord, there are so many out there who are causing your little ones to stumble — send St. Michael and all your legions of angels to protect your children.
“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched– where ‘Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.’ And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched– where ‘Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.’ And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire– where ‘Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.'” (Mark 9:43-48 )
Help us recognize those things on the internet or TV or people that are causes of our sin and downfall. Help us cut them out of our lives.
Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (2 Timothy 1:6)
Holy Spirit, please help us encourage the youth and interns of this diocese to stir up the gifts you have given them.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Holy Father, help us recognize what is really true – that you do not want us to live in fear, but in confidence of your power and love and right thinking. Thank you.
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:13)
Holy Spirit, please help us hold fast to sound teaching.
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength and his wonderful works that he has done. (Psalm 78:2-4)
Holy Spirit, renew and strengthen our Sunday Schools and youth ministries throughout this diocese.
For he established a testimony in jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; (Psalm 78:5-7)
Jesus, help our children and their children to walk in your ways.
And may not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God. (Psalm 78:8 )
Father, we are a stubborn and rebellious generation — have mercy on us.
Yes, they spoke against God: They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, he struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can he give bread also? Can he provide meat for his people?” (Psalm 78:19-20)
Father, you have repeatedly fed us in the wilderness. Thank you.
WORD: Trust me with your children.
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Isa. 59:1-15a; 2 Tim. 1:1-14; Mark 9:42-50
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Isa. 59:15b-21; 2 Tim. 1:15-2:13; Mark 10:1-16