Prayer for January 23: Please pray with me. God of truth, help us to follow you. So often we claim to be your followers, yet we shun what you tell us to do. Forgive us and change us. Give us a desire to follow you, not just with our words, but with our very lives. Make us disciples that joyfully follow you and look forward to hearing your word. Open our hearts to seek out your ways and your will for our lives. Strengthen us to serve our neighbors so that we may show how much we love you. Give us courage to love our enemies, and in so doing show the world that we take your word seriously. Make us channels of your peace. Amen.