Reading and Prayer – May 21


James 2:1-7

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?


Lord forgive us when our favoritism ignores your grace, your standards and your guidance. Help us to do what we do to glorify you, and to remember you as our creator, as our sustainer and as our judge. May our expectations rest with you and may we remember your expectations of us.

Help us to see you in all people, and to treat everyone as we would treat Christ. Amen.