“I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart. I will put my spirit in you and will see to it that you follow my laws and keep all the commands I have given you.” — Ezekiel 36:26-27, TEV
Lord our God,
You are the source of all life:
Your Spirit moved on the waters of chaos
Bringing order and harmony and life.
You breathed into humanity the breath of life.
May we long for your Spirit’s prompting
May we long for renewal and refreshing
for the sake of your promise
that we might do your will.
Grant that we become truly new creations in Christ Jesus
who cannot be overpowered by the evil of the world,
who can never be overcome by sin.
May we have new resolve to seek the highest good on earth,
that good which leads into Heaven.
Hear the prayers of all people far and near
who in these days are sighing in their hearts for the Savior.
We pray for them all as we pray for ourselves,
and we know you will hear our prayer.
You will send power
to lift up the hearts and souls of many people
so that there may be a great throng of your joyful people on earth.
In spite of all the misfortune, adversity, and danger in the world,
there will be a people rejoicing from one end of the earth to the other,
a people trusting in you
and sure of victory
through the great grace you give
in answer to our prayers. Amen.