Lord Jesus, I worship you this day as the Word of life. You are eternal life, and you were with God in the beginning. I thank you that you became incarnate and appeared among us. I thank you for the eyewitness testimony of those who heard you, who saw you with their own eyes, who beheld you, and who touched you with their hands. I thank you for the message your apostles heard from you and have declared to us. I thank you that you have made it possible for us to enter into fellowship with you and with your Father, and with all who call upon your name. May our joy be complete in you. I pray that ______________________ and I will recognize that God is light, and that there is no darkness in him at all. May we all accept the truth that those who claim to have fellowship with God and yet walk in the darkness are lying, and do not live by the truth. I pray that we ourselves will walk in the light, just as your Father is in the light, so that your blood may purify us from all sin and so that we may have fellowship with those who follow you. I pray that we will not deceive ourselves by claiming to be without sin. Instead, may we be quick to agree with you about what sin is and to confess our sins to you. I pray that you will be faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to purify us from all unrighteousness. May we recognize that those who claim they have not sinned make you out to be a liar and show that your word and your truth has no place in their lives. I pray that by the work of your Spirit and the ministry of your word we may not sin. But I also pray that if we do sin, we will take heart in knowing that you are an advocate for us with the Father, and that you – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One - will speak to him in our defense. May we always remember that you are the atoning sacrifice for our sins and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world. This I ask in your name, amen.