Heavenly Father, In the name of Jesus, I ask for your mercy and grace this day for me and for ______________________. Help us to overcome the desires that battle within us and that lead us into fights and quarrels with others. Free us from coveting things that we want but cannot have. Prompt us to ask you for what we need, and purify our motives so that we do not spend what we get from you on our pleasures. I thank you that the Spirit you have caused to live in us longs jealously for us. May we reject an adulterous friendship with the world so that we may not become your enemy. Instead, may we submit ourselves to you. We know that you oppose the proud, and yet give grace to the humble; so I pray that we will humble ourselves under your mighty hand. Strengthen us so that we will resist the devil. We claim your promise that when we do, he will flee from us. Draw us near to you that you in turn may draw near to us. May we wash our hands of all sin and purify our hearts of all double-mindedness. I pray that we will grieve and mourn over our sin and humble ourselves before you so that you may lift us up in due time. Check us before we slander or speak evil against a brother, so that we do not raise ourselves above your law by sitting in judgment on it rather than keeping it. Remind us that you are the only Lawgiver and Judge, and you are able both to save those who obey and to destroy those who deserve your judgment. May we trust you to do your work of judging in your time and in your way. Free us from boasting out of arrogance, and making plans to carry on business and make money that do not give place to your will. Remind us that we do not even know what tomorrow will bring, and that our life is but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. So in all our planning may we say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” I pray that we will not only know what is good and right but also do it. Amen.