We give thanks for the work of Jesus Christ, who lived, ministered, suffered, died, and rose from the dead that the Gospel might live in us. May we know him and his power; share in his suffering and his death; that we might also be resurrected with him into new life (Phil 3:10–11). Break the power of sin in us; empower us to live in reconciliation to one another; and grant us words to lift up in prayer all the days of our lives.
I believe in Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, who died for our sins and was raised from the dead.
Come into my life, help me to renounce and grieve the sin in my life that separates me from God.
Cleanse me of this sin, renew your Holy Spirit within me so that I will not sin any further.
Bring saints and a faithful church into my life to keep me honest with myself and draw me closer to you.
Break any chains that bind me to the past—be they pains or sorrows or grievous temptations, that I might freely welcome God, the Father, into my life, who through Christ Jesus can bridge any gap and heal any affliction, now and always.
Cover me with your blood again today that I my mind would not wander and my heart not chase after foolish things.
Forgive my indulgences, the little foxes that trample the vineyard of my soul and consign my spirit to deserts dry and far away.
Thank you for faithful friends and devoted family.
In the power of the Holy Spirit, remind me again of my baptism, the promises made on my behalf as a child, and the fellowship of the saints. Guard my heart and mind during winter’s discontents. Deepen my faith even as I cannot walk the journey of faith without you.
For loving us as your children, showing how to live, and providing us human parents, we give you all honor and praise.
Forgive us for being imperfect parents, who forget birthdays and cannot love like you.
Thank you for loving parents who share our lives and teach us your ways.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, teach us to honor our own parents (Exod 20:12) and to become better parents to our children. Help us to care enough to be present our children’s daily struggles, just like you.
For the strength you give us, the healing you lavish on us, and the shelter you offer us from many storms, we give you glory and honor.
We confess that we are weak, sin-sick, and blind to many fiascos of our own making.
But we thank you for your healing presence day and night. We thank you for modeling strength in the midst of chaos and wisdom in the midst of all foolishness. In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us strength for the day, grace for those we meet, and peace that our hearts would never be troubled.
For your guidance in life’s choices, your grace, and infinite mercy, we praise and glorify in your name. There is none like you and you have given access to yourself in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Forgive our perpetual failings, for we fail ourselves and you daily under law and can only be justified through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
Thank you for his example and for the many blessings that you have lavished on us through loving family and friends. Let us never forget.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, extend faith to our loved ones in spite of themselves and in spite of our weaknesses in witness.