Lord, in Your mercy, hear my prayer,
I am weak. I struggle daily in my walk. I find temptations all around me. Temptations to sin, temptations to put things before You, temptations to hide my faith to shield myself from the ridicule of this world that so often turns from You and Your ways. There are times when I take the easy path rather than the right path, never really thinking about the consequences of my actions even as I find myself stumbling and faltering in my steps. In my soul I know but I allow myself to be easily deceived.
Yet You, O Lord, are the source of every strength. Through Your Son, Christ Jesus, and His encompassing sacrifice, sin and temptation were destroyed as captivity was taken captive. In the hearts of Your people You create a true and sincere change through the power of Your Holy Spirit. However great the temptation You are greater, providing all that is needed, all that is necessary for my peace, happiness and hope in the love that You have for me.
Take me and shape me O Lord, take me and create in me a willing spirit and a sincere soul, one that will set aside the easy and the simple to do more with the gifts that You have given me. Lift me above the temptations that would seek to drag me down, that would seek to draw me away from You and the salvation that my Savior has brought me. Show me Your way, and preserve me in Your Word even as I seek a better path and a better way, knowing that through You the weakness of my flesh is set aside as You create within me a new heart and a willing spirit.
Take me, teach me, strengthen and preserve me Lord, that I may, in all that I am, and all that I do and all that I seek, I shall be forever a vessel for Your truth, even as I am shielded, in Your love, from all unrighteousness.
In the name of Your Son, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You in the Kingdom, one God, world without end, Amen.