Heavenly Father, I come before you on my behalf and on behalf of ______________________, and I ask that your word will come to us as it came to John. I pray that we will not rely on our religious heritage but instead upon your forgiveness to escape your coming wrath. Make us mindful that the winnowing fork of Christ is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn but to burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. May we prepare a way for Christ to work in our lives, and make straight paths for him to walk. May every valley of depression and discouragement be filled with your hope. May every mountain and hill of pride be made low. May the crooked roads in our lives become straight, and every rough place in character become smooth. I pray that we will produce fruit in keeping with repentance. May we always be generous with food and clothing to those in need. I pray that we will never take advantage of others through the power of position. May we never accuse others falsely, and may we be content with our income. We recognize that you, Lord Christ, are the powerful one and that we are not worthy to untie the thongs of your sandals. I ask that you will immerse us in your Holy Spirit that we may be fully empowered to live for you. We pray together for every man, woman, and child in our city and nation, that they will embrace the message of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, and flee the coming wrath by seeking refuge in you. May they too produce fruit in keeping with repentance. I pray that you will enable each one of us to be a voice calling to others around us with this good news. Amen.