Lord, keep away convincing lies,
Let truth be guide and guard;
Let wisdom see their winsome guise,
Keep love from being marred.
Make speech and actions always true,
And kindness most sincere;
Your word must wash and clear the view,
And free the heart from fear.
O God of glory, shine your light,
To show reality;
Put all that’s false and wrong to flight,
From sophistry cleanse me.
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The world is awash in lies and deception.
Guide us in your truth, O Lord.
Greet us with your eternal love.
Faithful is your every promise.
Keep us from the father of lies.
Our humble hearts would hear your word.
Make us faithful servants of Christ,
Giving our lives for heavenly homes.
Father of lights, let peace settle
Upon our souls with gentle signs.
We sing your praise for full salvation,
For growing hope in cleansing blood.
Father in Heaven, with the new year advancing quickly, time rushing by, life speeding on, let me live in the oasis of your peace.
Help me to be before I do.
Sanctify our people. Purify our motives and actions. Redeem us each day in our straying thoughts and wandering feet.
Bring our friends and family members to the truth. Convert them to Christ, away from sin and deceit. Rescue them from their doom.
Lead us to fight against our self-love and narrow interest, against the evil within and the wicked who would drown the righteous with their wrongdoing. Continue reading
Jesus came to witness to the truth,
He said to Governor Pilate’s agnostic face;
In human flesh, the mind of God he spoke,
As light of the world, he left his glorious place.
O Lord, we’ve no idea of such a jump
That brought him to earth — but what humility!
Because of him your word serves as our lamp,
And we have pardon for eternity.
Let shine his fullest glory, illumine our path,
May love of truth be dear for it’s his nature;
Divert from us, O God, your holy wrath —
Your will is our one reason for existence.
Our Father in Heaven,
Show us in the dreariness of the rain
how life is given to the earth.
And show us in the bleakness of this world
how joy is rooted in our hope of Christ.
Remind us in the storms and quakes of this earth
that the ground is not so solid beneath us.
Remind us in the tragedies and hurts we experience
that this world holds nothing for us.
Tell us in the prevalence of fake news
that we can trust little of what we hear.
Tell us in the multiplication of false doctrines
that man cannot know your mind and will.
Reveal to us in our frustrated attempts to forgive ourselves
how peace is beyond our reach.
Reveal to us in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ
that reconciliation is as close as his cleansing blood.
O God of truth — speak in our ears —
let us hear with sharpest hearing,
hanging on your every word.
O God of words — speak and create
in us a new creation — Being —
transformation of heart and soul.
O God of life — speak softly of love —
bring healing touch and caring hand,
that we might never leave your presence.
Our lives are a mix of trial and trust,
You prove us, Lord, and prod us forward;
So teach us wisdom in tests of faith,
In our distress, be the God of truth.
Make real in us your Spirit’s presence —
Let truth take form, your fullness expand
To occupy all emptiness —
Bring power, O Lord, by your command!
Dear God, let me not be deceived,
I want to know the freedom of truth,
I want to do your will—fully,
Let me not fear the knowledge of Christ.
Read John 7.17 and this VOTD.
Father, I pray for those who are being influenced by false teachings, that they may be snatched from the fire. Let them see the dead end they’re being led into. Let them discover that they are being fed false knowledge. Help them to see the bitterness and the rebelliousness that lurk behind the lies. Make them feel the sense of superiority and the arrogance of those who hold to deadly doctrines.
Put faithful brethren in their path to prevent them from going astray. Let them listen to those who speak truth in love. Help them to perceive the genuine concern of the true family of faith.
Father, give them humility to accept the truth. Show them good examples of those who worship and serve you in spirit and in truth. Let them know the joy and peace of certainty. Bring them to confess the Spirit of truth and the Lord who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Our short attention span
limits to what we can
do and pray and think —
our mind the weakest link.
Give strength to our soft mind,
O Lord, that we might find
the truth and apply today
your wisdom, without delay.