Lord Jesus, I pray in your name that ______________________ and I will be strong in the grace that is found in you. I pray that you will enable us to pass on what we have learned from the Scriptures to trustworthy friends who will also be able to impart what they learn from us to others. I pray that we may be able to endure hardship as good soldiers, and live always to please you as our commanding officer. Keep us from being distracted and turned away from your will. May each of us be like an athlete who wins the victor’s crown by competing according to the rules and like a hardworking farmer who is first to receive a share of the crops. Teach us to ponder and reflect on your word, and grant us insight into your truth as we do. May we be willing to endure suffering for the sake of others, following your example and the example of the apostle Paul. I pray that we will always remember that your word is not chained even though men may be. May we die with you so that we may also live with you, and may we endure so that we may also reign with you. Restrain us from quarreling about words by reminding us that such arguing is of no value and only ruins those who listen. Teach us to avoid godless chatter, knowing that those who indulge in it will only become more and more ungodly by wandering further from the truth. I pray that we will avoid foolish and stupid arguments, knowing that they only produce more quarrels. May we instead do our best to present ourselves to you as tested and approved workmen, who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle your word of truth. I pray that your foundation will stand firm in our lives. Grant us security in knowing that you know those who belong to you. May we continue to confess your name and to turn away from evil. I pray that we will cleanse ourselves of the youthful desire to quarrel that we may be instruments for noble purposes, holy and useful to you as our Master, prepared to do any good work you ask us to do. May we flee all argumentative desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace in fellowship with those who call on you out of a pure heart. As your servants, I pray that we will not quarrel but will instead be kind to everyone, able to teach your truth, and not resentful in the face of opposition. May we learn how to gently instruct those who oppose us, and to hope that your Father will grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth. May those around us who have been deceived come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil. Released from any kind of captivity to the will of Satan, may they instead serve you with a whole heart. Amen.