Intentions matter more than outcome. When Jesus teaches about giving alms, prayer, and fasting, He makes it clear that the disciplines are valuable and life giving if one’s heart is in the right place. It is when evaluating one’s motives, especially for holy actions.

What motivates me to pray, to fast, and to care for the poor? Why do I care? What does it have to do with my sense of who God is and who I am?

Dear Jesus, empower me to examine my heart. May Your Spirit help me to purify my motives. May I love because I know myself to be loved by You.