Heavenly Father, In Jesus’ name, I bring myself and ______________________ before your throne this day. I pray that we all will learn by your Spirit to count it all joy when we meet trials and temptations of various kinds. Remind us that it is the testing of our faith which develops steadfastness, perseverance, and endurance. May steadfastness have its full effect in our lives so that we may be mature, perfect, and complete, lacking in nothing. I pray that each of us will persevere and remain steadfast under trial. Grant us the crown of life that you have promised to those who love you and stand the test. I pray that we will never blame you for our temptations, or say “I am being tempted by God.” Remind us that you cannot be tempted with evil and that you yourself do not tempt anyone. May we see that it is our own strong desire that lures us and entices us toward sin. Strengthen us so that we do not yield to temptation, knowing that when our desire conceives, when we yield to it, it gives birth to sin, and sin brings forth death when it is fully grown. Where we lack wisdom, I pray that we will ask you for it, and I claim your promise that it will be given to us. I thank you that you give wisdom generously to us without reproach, without finding fault with us. When we ask for wisdom, may we ask for it in faith. Remind us that the man who doubts, the man who isn’t sure he truly wants your wisdom, will not receive anything from you but will instead be like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. Protect us from being double-minded and unstable in all our ways; may we instead by single-minded and steady. I pray that any one of us who is in humble circumstances will take pride in his high position, the high position of knowing you and having access to the very wisdom of God. May anyone who is rich among us take pride in his low position, remembering that his wealth cannot keep him from passing away like a flower of the grass whose flower falls and whose beauty perishes with the scorching heat of the sun. Remind us that the rich will fade away even in the midst of their pursuits. We acknowledge that every good and perfect gift we have received comes from above, from you, the Father of lights. You do not change like shifting shadows. We praise you for bringing us forth of your own will by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all you have created. Amen.