Dear heavenly Father,
Your people have often fallen into times of deep hypocrisy and in this chapter we see Jesus confront a group of people who were in one of those times.
Help us to be especially sensitive to the ways that our lives do not line up with your desires for us.
Let us always remember that you get to set the agenda in our lives individually and in the church.
And help us not to forget the importance of prayer. We know it can be really effective when we truly believe and consistently bring our requests before you.
We also know that before prayer comes a heart of forgiveness. Help us to be those people that refuse to hold grudges and refuse to let unforgiveness cloud our relationship with you.
And we thank you for all the ways and the times that you have forgiven us.