Sovereign Lord God, We affirm together that every living soul in our land belongs to you, the souls of fathers as well as the souls of sons. You teach us here that we are all accountable to you for our own conduct, that the righteousness of the righteous will remain upon himself and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. Your ways are just, and your judgment is just and fair, while our ways are unjust. So I pray that we will not blame others for the choices we make, and not blame ourselves for the choices that others make. I pray in Jesus' name that sons will not excuse their conduct by blaming their fathers. I pray that fathers will not blame themselves for decisions that their sons make. Instead, I pray that we all will accept the truth that it is the soul who sins that will die. Prompt us to turn away from all the sins we have committed, and to keep your statutes and do what is just and right that we might live and not die. We take refuge in your promise that when we turn from our sin, none of the transgressions we have committed will be remembered against us. We thank you that you take no pleasure in the death of the wicked and that you are pleased when we turn away from our transgressions so that we may live. Grant us a new heart and a new spirit so that we may be righteous in your sight and do what is just and right. I pray that we will not engage in idolatry of any kind, that we will not oppress or mistreat anyone, that we will walk in sexual purity, and that we will give food to the hungry and clothing to the naked. By your power, may we withhold our hand from doing wrong and judge fairly between man and man. Transform us so that we will follow your decrees and faithfully keep your laws that we may be righteous and live. Amen.