Heavenly Father, I pray this day for myself and for ______________________ . By your Spirit, may each of us be a man or woman of integrity. When we speak to others of your way, the way of God, prompt us to speak only in accordance with the truth. I pray that we will be strong in our convictions, and not swayed by men or their opinions of us. In our stand for truth, make us immune both to pressure and flattery. We thank you for spiritual, political and cultural leaders who publicly declare and defend your truth. We know that your enemies will try to entangle them in their words. Grant them great wisdom to spot the traps and answer in such a way that their enemies will be left with nothing to say. I pray that we will give willingly to Caesar what is Caesar’s; we ask that Caesar would not ask from us more than what is just and fair. I pray that we will only give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and never give to Caesar what is God’s. May we give to you what is yours – our very souls, which have been created in your image and bear your portrait and inscription. I pray that you will protect us and our people from falling into error or deception. Protect us by granting us a deeper understanding of the Scriptures and of your power. May each one of us be able look forward with hope and confidence to the resurrection, knowing that you are not the God of the dead but the God of the living. I pray that we will love you with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. Transform us so that we love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Open our eyes to see that your entire word, the word of God, hangs on these two commandments. I pray these things in the name of Jesus, amen.