Tuesday, March 19, 2010
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 20, Judges 9:7-15, and I John 2:18-28
Don’t be deceived! The enemy wants nothing more than to trick us into thinking we’re doing okay, when actually he’s got us all mixed up. The most believable lies are the ones that are half-truths. St. John was writing that we need to search for the full truth, because that’s where God is.
God wants us to search for truth. He wants us to use discernment, learning to tell the difference between the truth and half-truth/half-lie. He doesn’t want us to fall into Satan’s trap and believe something that just isn’t true. And the worst kinds of lies are the ones that have an element of truth to them, because they’re the hardest to figure out.
Take some time to pray about this. Ask God to help you tell the difference between God’s truth and the enemy’s lies. Ask him to give you discernment. Write your own prayer.