Dear faithful God,
I pray that you will complete in me
the work you have started,
so that when Jesus returns,
I may rejoice in his appearing and presence.
While we have life,
help us to work in righteousness,
so that we may be blameless before you.
May our manner of life be worthy of the gospel,
so that your love in us may be evident to others who need to see.
Thank you for the gift of believing in Christ,
and though we do not seek persecution,
or to be belittled for our faith,
help us to be prepared to suffer if need be,
for the sake of the gospel.
Through Jesus Christ,
the way, the truth and the life.