Lord, we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to You; dedicated to Your service and pleasing to You. We do this as true worship that we offer to You. Help us to not conform ourselves to the standards of this world, but God we let You transform us inwardly by a complete change of our minds. You have given us the mind of Christ so that we are able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to You and is perfect.
We thank You for Your gracious gift to us and say that we do not think of ourself more highly than we should. Instead, we are modest in our thinking, and judge ourself according to the amount of faith that You have given us.
Lord, we have many parts as Your body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body.
Lord, let each one use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we do it according to the faith that we have; if it is to serve, we serve for an audience of One; if it is to teach, we teach for Your glory; if it is to encourage others, we encourage with gladness. We share with others generously; with authority we work hard; we show kindness to others cheerfully.
Lord, let our love be completely sincere. We will hate what is evil. We hold on to what is good. Help us to love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another. Help us to work hard and not be lazy.
Lord, we desire to serve You with a heart full of devotion. Let our hope keep us joyful. Keep us patient in our troubles. Give us the desire to pray at all times. Give us a heart to a hare our belongings with the needy in our communities, and open our homes to strangers in need.
Lord God we ask You to bless those who persecute us. We ask You to bless them and not to curse them.
Help us Father to be happy with those who are happy and to weep with those who weep. Teach us how to have the same concern for everyone. Let us not be proud, but accept our humble duties. Let us not think of ourselves as wise. Help us to respond as You did when someone has done us wrong. Let us not repay him with a wrong. Show us how to to what You consider to be good.
Teach us to do everything possible on our part to live in peace with everybody. Prevent us from taking revenge, even in our hearts but instead let You avenge us. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” So Lord, let us not let evil defeat us; instead, give us the Will to conquer evil with good.”
Prayer adapted from Romans 12
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