Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 116:1-9, Joshua 6:22-27, and Matthew 21:23-32
Jesus, who was teaching in the temple, was approached by the Pharisees. “Who gave you the authority to teach here?” they asked. Jesus knew what they were after, and his response confounded them. He then let them know that while the tax collectors and prostitutes (the two most unholy groups of people in Israel at the time, according to the Pharisees) responded with faith to John’s ministry, the religious authorities had not. Jesus let them know that they were in error.
Have you responded in faith to Jesus? You may find the following prayer helpful:
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.