{James 1:27; NLT}

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Father in Heaven,

I thank You for your great love for me. You have been extremely patient with me. Even when I was faithless, You were faithful, providing me with everything that I needed. I was your enemy, but You made a way for me to be part of your Kingdom.

What I ask for is the same type of compassion. May my heart go out to those people on the lowest rungs of society’s ladder, may my hands extend in service to them, and my may lips speak words of truth and encouragement to them. Do not let me join in with the rest of the world in making these people outcasts. Show me how I can invite the outcasts to be part of the Church.

I ask for help to remain uncorrupted from the world. It is easy to be sucked into the ways of this world. Sometimes the ways of this world promise a life of pleasure and fun which are too tempting to ignore. Other times the ways of this world seem like common sense and so they are hard to resist. Father, put me on the path of righteousness so I can live a life that honors Christ Jesus.

Make my religion pure and genuine. May what I believe and how I live bring glory to You and draw other people into your Kingdom.

In the name of Christ Jesus, my Savior and Lord, I pray, amen.

 

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