Father, you are the light and we are your children. You have rescued us from the darkness. Don’t let us be deceived with empty words. Help us to be true worshipers, legitimate children, believers in the Word of Truth. Christ rose from the dead that we might be alive with him, having died to our former selves. Let our lives reflect that Truth.
Without your intervention, we walk in the futility of our own minds, our understanding darkened. Like blind men we grope. Don’t allow us to be excluded from the life of God because of our stubborn ignorance, because of the hardness of our hearts. Teach us Christ and eradicate the old nature. Help us to begin anew.
Make us new so we can leave behind our former way of life, not returning like a dog to its vomit, crucifying our beloved Christ all over again. Revive us, breathe new life into us as you once breathed life into the first man, Adam.
Clothe us in your righteousness, in your likeness. Make us like you. Plant seeds of truth in the inward parts. Lord, our vinedresser, cultivate these small shoots, water and bless us with the light of your sun.
A branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can we unless we abide in you. So bind our wandering hearts to yours. Graft us into the true vine, the only vine that bears good fruit. Sear forever your words across these hearts. Burn them deep into our mind and soul, that we would be one with you and with the Son.
Your promises are true. You have called us out of darkness. You hear the cries of your children. Cause us to grow up in you, to maturity, that we would no longer be deceived and distracted by every temptation. Cause us to grow up into Christ. Make us like you.
We acknowledge our complete and utter dependence on you, a just and righteous God, good and holy in all your ways. We trust in your mercy. And as the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, so we wait on you until you have mercy upon us.