By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Almighty Father, Beloved Son, Ever-Present Spirit.
I praise you
for your model of a life well-lived
in your son, our savior, Jesus Christ.
May his example remain ever-present before my eyes,
his voice ever sounding in my ears, and
the touch of his hand ever-warming my shoulder.
that I am too easily seduced
by the works of the flesh—
“sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these” (Gal 5:19-21).
They are continuously before my eyes in the media and
I am slow to turn my head in revulsion—
forgive my sloth.
I give thanks
that you are a God of second chances and
third chances and fourth chances—
may I soon stop trying your patience.
I ask Lord,
kindle in me the fruits of your spirit—
“love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, [and] self-control” (Gal 5:22-23)
that I might inherit your kingdom and
walk in your ways
all the days of my life.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Praying for Fruit
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