7/24 – Ephesians 5:21-33 and Ephesians 6:1-4 – Do I see my commitment to my spouse, and his or hers to me, as the key to our sanctification? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, help us – the universal Church – to offer ourselves and our institutions as the humble servants of the domestic church.
7/25 – Ephesians 6:5-9 – Do I see the bible as the key to unlocking spiritual truth or as a hammer that can be used to smash those who disagree with me? Prayer starter: Open the eyes of my heart today, Holy Spirit, to the living Word of the Scriptures.
7/26 – Ephesians 6:10-17 – When was the last time I prayed for an enemy? Prayer starter: Transform my passions, Lord Jesus, into the white-hot fire of your love.
7/27 – Ephesians 6:18-20 – Am I comfortable with asking others to pray for me? Prayer starter: Teach me, Holy Spirit, to rely on the power of communal prayer and of your presence.
7/28 – Ephesians 6:21-24 – Who have I touched today with my witness to the gospel? Prayer starter: Grant me today and always, Lord Jesus, the humble and courageous perseverance of your servant, Tychius.
7/29 – 1 Maccabees 1 – What is my position toward culture: more on the side of resistance or discernment and dialogue? Prayer starter: Lord teach me wisdom so I may discern between what is good and what is not in today’s global culture.
7/30 – 1 Maccabees 2 – How far am I prepared to go to witness to my faith? Prayer starter: Lord, we thank you for the courage exemplified in the death of all martyrs who died for the sake of their faith in one God.