Lord Jesus, I pray in your name that you would be clearly portrayed as crucified before my eyes and the eyes of ______________________. May no one bewitch us in spiritual matters. Remind us that your Father gives the Spirit and works miracles among us because we believe what we heard, and not because we observe the law. Protect us from the foolishness of beginning with the Spirit but trying to attain our goal by human effort. We acknowledge the truth of your Word that righteousness was credited to Abraham through his faith, and I pray that we all may have faith so that we may be blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Through our faith, may we belong to the sons of Abraham and be a source of blessing for everyone around us. We acknowledge that all who rely on observing the law are under a curse, and that no one is justified before God by the law. We thank you, Lord Christ, for redeeming us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. We thank you that through faith we have received the blessing given to Abraham, the promise of the Spirit. We affirm the teaching of the apostle that possessing the Spirit and receiving the inheritance does not depend on the law, and we rejoice that your Father in his grace has given it to Abraham, and through Abraham to us, through a promise. By faith in you and your work of redemption on the cross, we claim the promise of the Holy Spirit for ourselves and ask that you fill us with his presence this day. Amen.