Lord Jesus Christ, In your name, I ask that by the work of the Spirit ______________________ and I may seek the things that are above, where you are seated at the right hand of God, and set our minds on them rather than on things that are on earth. Remind us that we have died and been raised to life in you and that our life is now hidden with you in God. Stir in us the hope that when you appear, we also will appear with you in glory. I pray that we will put to death what is earthly in us: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and covetousness. Remind us that greed is a form of idolatry and that on account of these things the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. I pray that even though we once walked in these things, we will put away anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from our mouths. I pray that we will not lie to each other any longer, since we have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of our Creator. I pray that you, the one who is our very life, will be everything to us and live in us all. Remind us that we are God’s chosen people, holy and deeply loved. May we clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Teach us to bear with each other and forgive whatever complaints we may have against anyone. May we forgive just as you have forgiven us. Over all these virtues prompt us to put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. I pray that your peace, the peace of Christ, will rule in our hearts, since we were called to peace as members of one body. May we be thankful, and may the word of Christ dwell in us richly. Grant us opportunity to teach and admonish others with all wisdom. Prompt us to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in our hearts to God. Whatever we do, whether in word or deed, may we do it all in your name, and give thanks to God the Father through you. Amen.