Heavenly Father, I pray that ______________________ and I will be subject to rulers and authorities, obedient and ready to do whatever is good. Check us so that we do not slander or speak evil of anyone. May we be peaceable and considerate, and willing to show true humility and courtesy to all men. Free us from foolishness, disobedience, and from being deceived and enslaved by dark passions and pleasures. May we have victory over all malice, envy, and hate. I pray that we will have a humble gratitude to you for causing your kindness and love to appear in Christ, for saving us because of your mercy, and for generously and richly pouring out on us the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Savior. May we always be grateful that you have saved us through the washing of rebirth, regeneration and renewal by the Spirit. I claim for us your promise that having been justified by your grace we are now heirs of the hope of eternal life. Please teach us to avoid foolish controversies, arguments, and quarrels about unimportant spiritual matters. May we recognize that such quarrels are unprofitable and useless. Teach your church how to deal firmly with those who are warped and sinful and self-condemned and continue to stir up division even after having been warned. I pray that we ourselves will be careful to devote ourselves to doing what is good, so that may we may live fruitful lives and be able to help others with urgent needs. May your grace be with us all. This I ask in Jesus’ name, amen.