Psalter: Psalm 93
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Gospel: Mark 16:19-20
Kind and gracious Lord, you are the creator of all things, the author of life, and our loving Father. We thank you for your faithful presence in our lives, and we thank you for the Word of God. As we prepare to study your Word together, we ask you to open our minds. Help us clear away the clutter and quiet any outside voices so we can hear only what you long to speak to us. Please provide fresh insights and awareness. As a people, God, we can be stubborn, arrogant, and closed-minded. We can sometimes act like and even believe that we already know it all. We don't. We need you to open our minds so we can understand you, your Holy Word, and your will for our lives. In Jesus' precious name we pray. Amen.