Dear Father God,
as any parent would,
you warn us of dangers ahead:
people who renounce the faith
who court spirits
who deny the goodness of your creation
and demand that we abstain from food you teach us to receive with thanksgiving.
May we receive your teaching
nourished by the words of faith
and sound teaching.
In all struggles and toils we set our hope on you, the living God,
the savior of all people, especially believers.
Show how to live the examined lives,
with the self awareness we need if we are to grow in maturity.
We pray for the gift of knowing ourselves,
to heed our teaching,
so we may save ourselves and those who hear us.