James 1:27: 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
As we continue to think through how to pray and fast in 2015, let us pray for religion that our Father accepts!
God, help us to be a people that are concerned about the oppressed and weak, the neglected and downtrodden. Would you use your church to be and reach those that you love, but so many reject? Would you help us reconsider our notions of success and Glorifying your name in light of your heart for the neglected? Help us to be content with unseen faith that works in serving the unnoticed. Help us live in ways that reflects your pleasure in us, and your pleasure in those that are hurting. Help our faith in you not merely be evident when life is convenient and tidy but also when we enter the chaos of others’ pain. But also help us remember that it was Jesus that did not come to seek accolades but to serve us, those that could not pay Him back—He was the one who practiced true religion. Help us both follow in His path, and even more importantly, help us believe that Jesus’ obedience is our only hope to completely please you. For our religion has been constantly mired with impurity. Help us follow and trust completely in Him this week for our acceptance with you and as our model for a life that honors you.