Lord Jesus, I pray for myself and for ______________________, that you will prompt us to find a quiet place where we may spend time in prayer when faced with important decisions. Prompt us to embrace your teaching, so that your power may flow from you into our lives to heal us and free us from any trouble caused by the enemy of our souls. I claim for us your promise that you grant the kingdom of God to the poor, that you satisfy the hungry, and that you bring laughter to those who weep. When men hate us, exclude us, insult us, and reject our name as evil because of you, I pray that we will rejoice in that day and leap for joy, recognizing that our reward in heaven is great. May we heed your warnings to those who do not follow you and are rich, well fed, and laugh now. Open our eyes to see the ultimate poverty, hunger, and mourning of those who rely on anything but you. I pray that we will never compromise the truth or conscience in order to have all men speak well of us. I pray that we will love our enemies, do good to those who hate us, turn the other cheek, and lend to others without expecting anything in return. May we bless those who curse us, and pray for those who mistreat us. I pray that we will do to others as we wish them to do to us, so that our reward will be great, and that we may be sons of the Most High. Lord, your Father is kind to the ungrateful and evil; may we be merciful even as he is merciful. This I ask in your name, amen.