Lord Jesus, You teach us in this section that things that cause people to sin are bound to come. I pray in your name for myself and for ______________________, that we will watch ourselves, as you instruct us to do, that we may never be the ones through whom stumbling blocks come. May we heed your warning that it would be better for us to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around our necks than to cause one of your little ones to sin. I pray that we will have the courage to obey you and rebuke publicly those through whom stumbling blocks come. We pray in particular for our elected officials, that they will use the authority you have delegated to them to protect the little ones in our culture from stumbling blocks and temptations to sin. Teach us to rebuke our brother when he sins, and forgive him if he repents. Increase our faith so that we will forgive him even seven times in a single day should he come to us in repentance seven times. I claim your promise for us that even faith as small as a mustard seed can give us power to forgive in this seemingly impossible way. Lord, you have instructed us to forgive those who sin against us. I pray that we will not take pride in ourselves when we forgive, but instead acknowledge that we are just unworthy servants who have only done our duty. I pray that you will have pity on any of us who are suffering and meet us at our point of need, as you healed the ten lepers who called out to you for mercy. When we receive healing and help from you, may we never take that for granted but instead come back to you, throw ourselves at your feet as the Samaritan did, and praise God for your goodness to us. Amen.