Dear father God,
By sending your Son into the world,
you brought wonderful news for everyone,
for the entire creation.
Even if in our place and time the gospel does not bring as much fruit as we would like, it has been growing and bearing good fruit in many places, and through all time.
We are joyful because the gospel brings transformation still, molding in us:
knowledge of God’s will in spiritual wisdom and understanding,
lives worthy of the Lord,
fully pleasing to him,
May all your people, be made strong with all the strength that comes from your glorious power.
Help us to be patient to endure whatever pain we must bear, and joyful at the prospect of the inheritance that awaits us.
We pray in the name of the one in whom the universe hangs together, and who reconciles all things to himself through the blood of the cross.
from you all grace and peace come to us,
through Jesus Christ the Lord:
work within us continually have Christ in our hearts,
that we may be rooted and built in him,
established firmly in the faith,
and abounding in thanksgiving.
May we be completely focused on Christ’s gospel,
and never be deceived by the plausible arguments of deceivers,
by their philosophy and deceit,
by their human traditions,
nor by the elemental spirits of the universe.
You alone are the life-restoring God.
You made us alive in Christ Jesus,
forgiving our trespasses,
erasing our records that testified against us.
Thank you for the freedom we have in Christ Jesus!
We do not need to be in bondage to legalistic regulations that have no inherent value in checking our self-indulgence.
Lord, have mercy! Christ have mercy!
God of our freedom,
we pray that our life-giving, resurrecting Savior will teach us how to live our new life, not by setting our minds on laws or human traditions,
but by setting our minds on the same Christ, on things that are above.
Because of the new life we have in him,
teach and encourage us to set aside all that is earthly,
that belongs to our old self.
Thank you for a new self that is being renewed in knowledge
according to the image of the one who made us.
As your children, holy and loved, may we grow towards maturity:
may we learn to wear the clothing of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.
Prepare us to forgive quickly.
Above all, may we wear the clothing of love,
and have the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.
Teach us to use your gifts with thankful hearts.
May we live with one another, filled with the Word of Christ, teaching one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God.
May all my words and deeds be done in the name of Jesus!
Help us always to be thankful to you, our God and Father.
Dear God, you will guide our pilgrimage through your servant Paul as he was reaching the end of his journey,
with gratitude we receive sensible instructions that will see us through also until our journey ends.
Encourage us to be devoted to thankful prayer.
Give us open doors for the mystery of the gospel.
Show us how to be wise to unbelievers.
May we be good stewards of our time.
Guard our tongues that our speech will always be gracious, salted, so we may know how to respond to everyone.
Gracious God, we recognize that these are sensible instructions.
There is nothing obscure about them.
However, we are slow to learn, and swift to forget, and therefore we need to be reminded frequently, daily.
We thank you for everyone who works for the coming kingdom of God.