121 Days of Prayer
Give No Offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the Church of God
The purposes of this prayer are: Guidance/Purpose, Lovingkindness and Salvation.
Everlasting God, when teaching the Corinthians to always be considerate of another person’s scruples, particularly regarding food sacrificed to idols, Paul wrote, “Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. For ‘the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.’ If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone says to you, ‘This has been offered in sacrifice,’ then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience- I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:25–11:1 (ESV). Gracious Lord, we pray that we achieve maturity in our Christian faith- the level of maturity that allows us to be imitators of Paul. Help us to learn, Father, to seek the advantage of others more than our own advantage. We ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.