In this chapter, Jesus reminds us in various ways of the dangers of false or misguided religion. Specifically, he will point out that a person can be very close to the kingdom of God without getting in.
Christ has taught us about the reality and the danger of not responding positively and passionately to him. Please help us to respond with unswerving commitment.
Let your word find good soil as it falls upon our hearts. Let there be no corrupting or false influences in our faith. Please keep us from being distracted by the enticements of this world. Let us hold onto Jesus firmly, holding nothing back, remembering that he already gave everything for us.
Help us to make your kingdom the very center and goal of our lives. Cause us to continuously grow and bear fruit with perseverance as long as you allow us to live.