Prayer based on Matthew 23:23. Themes: Justice, Mercy, Hypocrisy.

Dear God,

We come before you humbly, recognizing that we are not perfect and have fallen short of your expectations. We ask for your forgiveness for the times when we have focused on the minor details of our faith while neglecting the more important matters.

Help us to prioritize justice, mercy, and faith in our lives. May we not be like the scribes and Pharisees who tithed their herbs but neglected the weightier matters of the law.

Guide us to be people who love and serve others, who seek justice for the oppressed, who show mercy to those in need, and who have faith in your goodness and grace.

We pray that you would transform our hearts and minds to be more like yours. May we live out our faith in a way that honors you and brings glory to your name.

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Verse: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.
Matthew 23:23

This is a Command. The verse commands the scribes and Pharisees to prioritize justice, mercy, and faith over tithing mint, dill, and cumin.