God of the living,
not of the dead,
You are the Source of all grace, mercy and peace.
to stir into a flame the gifts that you have given to me.
Fill me with your power and love.
Awaken in me courage and self-control.
With the aid of your strength,
help me to bear my share of hardships for the sake of the gospel.
I ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. Amen.—JC