Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.

1 Peter 2:12

Dear Lord,

When You walked this earth, You lived a perfect life in thought, word, and deed. We confess that we fall far short of Your perfect ideal, yet we know that You continue to transform us into Your image. Give us strength of character, that our lives may bear witness to You wherever we are. Help us to show Your love both by our words and our actions. Strengthen us to incorporate the fruit of the Spirit in our own lives, exhibiting love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Let us not dishonor Your name by coarse speech or unholy living. We pray that You would “put to death what is earthly in [us]: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness… anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from [our] mouth[s]” (Colossians 3:5, 8). “Let no corrupting talk come out of [our] mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29). “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking” among us, dear Lord, for those are out of place in the lives of Your children, but “instead let there be thanksgiving” (Ephesians 5:4). Whether we are at home, at church, in the workplace, or in public, allow our actions to match our profession of belief in You. Let each of us daily pray the words of David: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

Please strengthen my character in the following ways…

In Your name I pray. Amen.

For a full explanation of this challenge, see the post 12-Minute Prayer Challenge. If you are just joining us, feel free to continue on with us from the current day, or if you prefer, you can go back and start at Day 1.