Father of lights,
for your own purpose you gave us birth by the word of truth.
You want us to become the first fruit of your creatures.
By your word we are becoming transformed to become doers of your word.
Every square inch of life is to be molded by your grace and truth,
otherwise we are merely Christians in name, and we deceive our hearts, and our religion is worthless.
Bless us with the ability to joyfully endure temptation.
Generously give us your wisdom.
Forgive us when we foolishly envy the rich.
May we learn to be quick to listen,
slow to speak,
slow to anger.
Help us to get rid of sordid behavior
and rank growth of wickedness.
Keep before us always the perfect law, the law of liberty
and may we always persevere in doing the of righteousness
so that we do not lose our way in this world
which denies you and opposes your people.
Great King and Master of the Universe,
from you we have the highest law, the royal law,
to love our neighbors as ourselves.
We know we do well if we fulfill this law,
but we confess that it is easier said than done.
We easily and often show favoritism to the rich and famous
at the expense of the poor and needy.
In your sight, showing such partiality is sin.
And when we commit one sin, we break the entire royal law.
We confess that we are at times Christian in name only.
We say we believe, but we do not have the life of works that should flow from faith.
Activate in us the grace that was in Abraham
whose faith was reckoned to him as righteousness,
and hence he was called a friend of God.
Great King and Master of the universe,
we also long to be counted as your friends.
through your servant James we are admonished to see
that living the Christian life is a very serious matter!
We confess that our tongues can often be restless, destructive fires.
Our words can be poisonous, causing wounds from which others scarcely recover.
Words can hurt and destroy relationships.
Our tongues are not easily controlled.
Our God and Father,
give us the indispensable gift of wisdom and understanding,
so that our good life leads to gentleness in dealing with one another.
Thank you for the fruitful wisdom you give us,
for your wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle,
willing to yield to others;
wisdom if full of mercy and good fruits,
with not a hint or partiality or hypocrisy.
Make it clear to us, we pray, that a harvest of righteousness
is sown in peace for those who make peace.
you desire with earnest longing to have fellowship with us,
but all manner of sin obstructs this rich fellowship between you and us, your people.
We are torn within by contradictory cravings.
Often we are at enmity with you, because of our friendship with the world.
But thankfully your grace abounds to the penitent.
Therefore, God of the covenant promises,
we submit ourselves to you.
We will resist the devil, so he will flee from us.
We will cleanse our hands and purify our hearts
so our hearts will be united in willing only one thing.
Covenant God, our confidence is that when humble ourselves before you, you will exalt us.
Thank You, God, for you give grace to the humble.
Lord of hosts,
you are a just judge,
and therefore all sinners, especially those who hurt others,
will end up weeping and wailing because of the miseries that are coming to them.
You, Lord, are coming again.
Teach us how to live in the meanwhile, in this present evil age,
waiting patiently, and treating one another graciously,
forgiving each other,
supporting one another,
praying for each other,
speaking the truth to one another,
singing songs of praise.
When anyone is sick, the elders and all your people will pray,
trusting in the power of prayerful faith.
And God, help us especially to approach the straying with words of correction and discipline so that there will be joy in heaven because of the salvation of even one person, and greater joy because of the salvation of throngs of believers, more believers than the sand on the beaches.