1/9 – Matthew 6:9-15 – What can I do to revive my appreciation and affection for the “Our Father”? Prayer starter: Our Father, we are privileged to converse with you with the words Jesus taught us. Let our daily lives be transformed by your loving kindness and by your heavenly gifts.
1/10 – Matthew 6:19-34 and Matthew 7:1-12 – How does my faith in God help me to be trusting about tomorrow? Prayer starter: Heavenly Father, we thank you for being such a caring and generous God. May we always value life as a bountiful gift of yours and be generous to others just as you are.
1/11 – Matthew 7:13-28 – Which means can I use to check whether my faith-life is built on rock? Prayer starter: Help us, Lord, to keep our eyes set on our final destination into your kingdom, and never to lose heart when facing difficulties along the road.
1/12- Matthew 8:1-17 – What are the barriers that stop me from reaching out to others? Prayer starter: You took, Lord Jesus, all our infirmities physical or moral. Help us to overthrow all barriers and to appreciate the goodness there is in everyone.
1/13 – Matthew 8:18-34 – When facing difficulties in life, what predominates in me: fear or faith in Jesus? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, you know our inner struggles, doubts, and fear. Come to rescue our little faith and restore peace and serenity within our hearts.
1/14 – Matthew 9:1-8 – Do I look at forgiveness as a gift to be kept for myself? Prayer starter: Lord of mercy and forgiveness, help us to never hold back these wonderful gifts of yours, and to gratefully share them with our brothers and sisters.
1/15 – Matthew 9:9-13 – How understanding and forgiving am I towards others’ shortcomings and my own? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, look not on our sins but help us to follow you on the path of love and mercy.