Prayer

For Others and Ourselves:  To Live A Holy Life

Lord Jesus, by Your precious blood You redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, and called me to be Your very own, a fellow citizen with the saints.  You, O Lord, know all things.  You know that I love You.  You know that my renewed heart desires to serve You in righteousness and holiness, to cast aside the sin that so easily entangles me, and to run with perseverance the race set before me.  I grieve, O Lord, that I have so often failed to do what You, my precious Savior, have asked me.  So often I have refused to follow You and Your example, instead choosing the paths of the world and the desires of my sinful flesh.  In me there is no good thing.  The good that I would do, I do not; and the evil that I would not, that I do.  I am so wretched!  Who will deliver me from this body of death?  To You, my Savior and loving Friend, I flee.  Uphold me with Your willing Spirit.  You are the Author and Perfecter of my faith, having delivered me from the guilt and punishment of sin and having redeemed me from its power and dominion.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Purge every evil desire and thought from my heart and mind, and fill me with a pure love for You and Your will.  Whether I live or die, may I be Yours alone and forever.  Amen.  (120)

Excerpt from:  Lutheran Book of Prayer