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Jesus: The Gift of God's Truth, Day 5

John 1:14–18; 8:31–32; 14:1–6

Chaplain of the Kansas Senate Fred Holloman was known for his plain-spoken manner and unpretentious invocations when he opened senate sessions. In his book, Disciplines of a Godly Man, author Kent Hughes recalls this simple prayer for God’s help in discerning truth.

Omniscient Father:
Help us to know who is telling
the truth. One side tells us one
thing, and the other just the opposite.
And if neither side is telling the truth, we would like to know that, too.
And if each side is telling half the truth,
give us the wisdom to put the right halves together.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.1

Thankfully, we never need to pray for divine discernment when listening to Jesus speak. With Jesus, there was no half-truth, political spin, or rhetorical sleight of hand. Every word He uttered was true, which means we can trust His teaching in His word. That’s a good thing because our future depends on it!

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  1. Fred Holloman, as quoted in R. Kent Hughes, Disciplines of a Godly Man (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1991), 119–20.

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