Prayer based on Matthew 23:14. Themes: hypocrisy, exclusion, judgment

Dear Lord, we come before you humbly and ask for forgiveness for any ways in which we may have shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against others. Help us to not only enter into your Kingdom ourselves, but to also allow and encourage others to enter in as well. May we never be hypocrites, but instead be true followers of your teachings and examples. Guide us in our actions and words, so that we may always reflect your love and grace to those around us. Amen.

Verse: “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men; for you don’t enter in yourselves, neither do you allow those who are entering in to enter.
Matthew 23:14

This is a Command: Woe. The verse is a warning or condemnation to the scribes and Pharisees for their actions of preventing others from entering the Kingdom of Heaven.