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Fruit of the Spirit

Lord, fill me with the wisdom that comes from heaven, which is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Enable me to live by the fruit of Your SpiritÛby love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Make me a peacemaker who sows in peace in order to raise a harvest of righteousness. Then I will be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through You, Jesus Christ, and to Your glory, honor, and praise, O God. (James 3:17; Gal. 5:22-23a; James 3:18; Phil. 1:11, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 44)

2

Becoming Mature in Christ

Lord Jesus, help ___________________ to become mature people, growing until they become like You and have Your perfection. Then they will no longer be spiritual babies. Secure them in their faith, Lord, so they will not be tossed about like ships that the waves carry one way and then another. Deliver them from ever being drunk with wine, which will ruin them, but fill them with Your Spirit. Protect them from being influenced by every new teaching they hear from people who will try to fool them. Rather, I pray ___________________ will grow up in every way into You, Christ, who are the head. (Eph. 4:13b-14a; 5:18; 4:14b; 4:15b, all ncv paraphrased)

3

Behold His Glory

Father, the first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is You, Lord, from heaven. And as I have borne the image of the earthy, I shall also bear Your heavenly image. And may I, with open face behold as in a glass Your glory, Lord, and be changed into Your same image from glory to glory; for this comes from You, Holy Spirit. Take this weak mortal body of mine and change it into a glorious body like Your own, using the same mighty power that You will use to conquer everything, everywhere. (1 Cor. 15:47, 49 kjv; 2 Cor. 3:18 kjv, rsv; Phil. 3:21 nlt, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 21)

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Pursue Godliness

O God, You have called me to be holy. You made me holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as You did all Christians everywhereÛwhoever calls upon Your name, Jesus Christ, my Lord and theirs. I believe this and will keep myself pure, just as You are pure, Lord. I will love what is good, be self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. I will pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. (1 Cor. 1:2b nlt; 1 John 3:3 nlt; Titus 1:8; 1 Tim. 6:11b, all paraphrase, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 22)

5

Songs of Thanksgiving

I will sing to You, Lord; O saints of His, give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name, O God; the upright shall dwell in Your presence. We are Your people and the sheep of Your pasture; we will give thanks to You forever; we will show forth Your praise to all generations. We come into Your city with songs of thanksgiving and into Your courtyards with songs of praise. We thank You and praise Your name. (Ps. 30:4 kjv; 140:13 kjv; 79:13 kjv; 100:4 ncv, all paraphrased)

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Wholly Consecrated

God of grace and mercy, cleanse me from all my impurities and from all my idols. Sanctify me through and through; separate me from profane things; make me pure and wholly consecrated to You. And may my spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete and found blameless at Your coming, Lord Jesus Christ. For faithful are You who have called me to Yourself, and utterly trustworthy, and You will also fulfill Your call by hallowing and keeping me. (Ezek. 36:25b; 1 Thess. 5:23-24 amp, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 24)

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His Glorious Name

I will stand up and bless You, O Lord my God, forever and ever: blessed be Your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. Father God, strengthen and confirm and establish my heart faultlessly pure and unblameable in holiness in Your sight, at the coming of my Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, with all His saints, the holy and glorified people of God! Amen, so be it! (Neh. 9:5b kjv; 1 Thess. 3:13 amp, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 25)

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Boast in Christ's Cross

O Holy God, deliver me all day and all night long from greedy coveting. Free me from having the soul and life of the wicked who craves and seeks evil and who gives no favor or mercy to others. May I never boast of the cravings of my heart or bless the greedy, for in doing so I would revile You, Lord. May I never boast except in Your cross, Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Prov. 21:26a kjv; Prov. 21:10 amp; Ps. 10:3; Gal. 6:14, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 35)

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The Light of His Presence

Almighty Ruler of heaven and earth, "You rule the mighty sea and calm the stormy waves." "The skies and the earth belong to you. You made the world and everything in it." "Your arm has great power. Your hand is strong; your right hand is lifted up. Your kingdom is built on what is right and fair. Love and truth are in all you do." O Lord, let me live in the light of Your presence. In Your name I rejoice and continually praise Your goodness. For You are my glorious strength. (Ps. 89:9, 11, 13-14 not paraphrased; Ps. 89:15b-17a paraphrased; all NCV)

10

Made Right in God's Sight

As in Adam I will die, even so in You, Jesus, I shall be made alive. You were handed over to die because of my sins, and You were raised from the dead to make me right with God. Therefore, since I have been made right in Your sight, O God, I have peace with You because of what You have done for me. Because of my faith, Jesus, You have brought me into this place of highest privilege where I now stand, and I confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing in Your glory. Until that day, may Your grace be poured out on me abundantly, along with faith and love for You, Christ Jesus. (1 Cor. 15:22 kjv; Rom. 4:25 nlt; 5:1-2 nlt; 1 Tim. 1:14, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 37)

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Freed from All Guilt

Jesus, because I believe in You, I am freed from all guilt and declared right with God, something the Jewish law could not do for me. Therefore, sin shall not be my master, because I am not under law but under grace. What then? Shall I sin because I am not under law but under grace? By no means! I will not set aside Your grace, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Jesus, You died for nothing! (Acts 13:39 nlt; Rom. 6:14-15; Gal. 2:21, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 38)

12

Act Justly and Love Mercy

O my Savior, by Your grace, by Your unmerited favor given to me, I will not esteem or think of myself more highly than I ought. I will not have an exaggerated opinion of my own importance, but I will rate my ability with sober judgment, according to the degree of faith You apportioned to me. For You have shown me what is good and what You require of meÛto act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with You, Lord. (Rom. 12:3 amp; Mic. 6:8, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 39)

13

Strengthen Me in Every Good Deed

From the beginning, O God, You chose me to be saved through the sanctifying work of Your Spirit and through belief in the truth. You called me to this through the Gospel that I might share in Your glory, Jesus. So then I will stand firm and hold to the teachings that were passed on to me. Lord Jesus Christ, may You and God my Father, who loves me and by Your grace gives me eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage my heart and strengthen me in every good deed and word. (2 Thess. 2:13b-17 paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 40)

14

Foolish Things of the World

O God, Your foolishness is wiser than my wisdom, and Your weakness is stronger than my strength. I will remember what I was when I was called. I was not wise by human standards, nor influential and powerful, nor of high and noble birth. For You chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; You chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. You chose the lowly things of this world and the despised thingsÛand the things that are not to nullify the things that are, so that I may not boast before You. It is because of You that I am in Christ, who has become for me wisdom from You, O God that is, my righteousness, holiness, and redemption. (1 Cor. 1:25-30 paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 41)

15

Put On the New Self

Spirit of holiness, strengthen me to kill, deaden, and deprive of power the evil desires lurking in my members, those animal impulses and all that is earthly in me that is sinful: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry and the lifting up of self and other created things instead of You, God. I will now rid myself of all these things: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language. I will not lie to others, since I have taken off my old self with its practices and have put on my new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in Your image, O my Creator. (Col. 3:5 amp; Col. 3:8-10, all paraphrased, Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 51)

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Tenderhearted Compassion

Merciful and loving Lord, I will clothe myself, as Your chosen one, who is purified and holy and well beloved by You. I'll put on behavior marked by tenderhearted compassion and mercy, kindness, a lowly opinion of myself, gentle ways, and patience (which is tireless, long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes with good temper). I will be gentle and forbearing with others, and if I have a complaint, difference, or grievance against someone, I will readily pardon that person. Even as You, Lord, freely forgave me, so I must also forgive. And the most important piece of clothing I must wear is love. Love is what binds me with others in perfect harmony. (Col. 3:12-13 amp; Col. 3:14 nlt, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 52)

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Armor of Light

Light of the world, I will put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. For though my heart was once full of darkness, now I am full of light from You, Lord, and my behavior should show it. For this light within me produces only what is good and right and true. I will try to find out what is pleasing to You. I will take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, I'll rebuke and expose them. True instruction will be in my mouth, and nothing false will be found on my lips. I will walk with You in peace and uprightness and turn many from sin. (Rom. 13:12b; Eph. 5:8-11 nlt; Mal. 2:6, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 53)

18

Walk in His Spirit

O Holy God, though I was indeed called to freedom, I will not let my freedom be an incentive to my flesh or an excuse for selfishness. I will walk and live habitually in Your Spirit, responsive to and guided by Your Spirit; then I will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of my flesh. For my sinful nature desires what is contrary to Your Spirit, and Your Spirit desires what is contrary to my sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that I do not do what I want. Rather, I will clothe myself with You, Lord Jesus; I will not think about how to gratify the desires of my sinful nature. (Gal. 5:13a, 16 amp; Gal. 5:17; Rom. 13:14, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 54)

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Healed by Christ's Wounds

Jesus, You said that You rebuke and discipline those whom You love. For You bore my sins in Your body on the tree, so that I might die to sins and live for righteousness; by Your wounds I have been healed. Therefore, Christ, since You suffered in Your body, I will arm myself with the same attitude, because as I suffer in my body, it helps me to be done with sin. For You saved me and called me to live a holy lifeÛnot because of anything I have done but because of Your own purpose and grace. By Your divine power, You have given me everything I need for life and godliness through my knowledge of You, Lord, who called me by Your own glory and goodness. (Rev. 3:19a; 1 Peter 2:24; 4:1; 2 Tim. 1:9a; 2 Peter 1:3, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 96)

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Christ's Great Power

God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, I pray You will give ___________________ a spirit of wisdom and revelation so they will know You better. I pray also that they will have greater understanding in their hearts so they will know the hope to which You have called them, and they will know how rich and glorious are Your blessings, God, that You promised Your holy people. And let them know that Your power is very great for us who believe. That power is the same as the great strength You used to raise Christ from the dead and put Him at Your right side in the heavenly world. (Eph 1:17-20 ncv paraphrased)

21

Pure Heart

Lord of Righteousness, I pray that I may have a pure heart, for to the pure, all things are pure, but if I am corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both my mind and my conscience would be corrupted. I will not claim to know You, God, if my actions deny that I know You. For then I would be disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. I will not flatter You with my mouth or lie to You with my tongue; for if I did, my heart would not be loyal to You; nor would I be faithful to Your covenant. I will not swear falsely by Your name and so profane Your name, O God. You are the Lord! (Titus 1:15-16; Ps. 78:36-37; Lev. 19:12, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 57)

22

Christ Died for Me

Heavenly Father, You demonstrated Your own love to me in this: While I was still a sinner, Christ died for me. For, God, You so greatly loved and dearly prized me that You gave up Your only begotten Son. I believe in, trust in, cling to, and rely on You, Jesus, so that I shall not perish and be lost, but have eternal life. For, God, You did not send Your Son in order to reject and condemn me, but that I might find salvation and be made safe through Jesus my Savior. This is how I know what love is: Jesus Christ, You laid down Your life for me. And I ought to lay down my life for others. I will love others as You have loved me. (Rom. 5:8; John 3:16-17 amp; 1 John 3:16; John 15:12b, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 67)

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Shout to God with Joy

"Clap your hands, all you people. Shout to God with joy. The Lord Most High is wonderful. He is the great King over all the earth! He defeated nations for us and put them under our control. He chose the land we would inherit." "God has risen with a shout of joy; the Lord has risen as the trumpets sounded. Sing praises to God. Sing praises. Sing praises to our King. Sing praises. God is King of all the earth, so sing a song of praise to him. God is King over the nations. God sits on his holy throne. The leaders of the nations meet with the people of the God of Abraham, because the leaders of the earth belong to God. He is supreme." (Ps. 47:1-4a, 5-9 ncv)

24

His Good Work in Me

Author and Perfecter of my faith, Your way is perfect; Your Word is flawless. You are my shield, and I will take refuge in You. For who is God besides You, Lord? Who is the rock except You? You arm me with strength and make my way perfect. Therefore, I am convinced that You who began a good work in me will continue developing that good work, perfecting and bringing it to full completion. And I pray, O God, that I may stand perfect and complete in all Your will. (2 Sam. 22:31-33; Phil. 1:6 amp; Col. 4:12b kjv, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 69)

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His Plans Stand Firm Forever

Sovereign Lord, the One who never changes, Your plans stand firm forever, the purposes of Your heart through all generations. "In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them, and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end." (Ps. 33:11 paraphrased; Ps. 102:25-27 not paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 70)

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Pardon My Iniquity

O merciful Lord, remember Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, for they have been from everlasting. Remember not the sins of my youth nor my transgressions; according to Your mercy remember me for Your goodness' sake. For Your name's sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity and my guilt, for they are great. Rebuke me not in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. Have mercy upon me, for I am weak and faint. My soul is also sorely troubled. Return, O Lord, deliver my soul; oh, save me for Your mercies' sake and Your steadfast love. (Ps. 25:6-7, 11 kjv, rsv; 6:1, 2a, 3a, 4 kjv and rsv, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 71)

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God Sees My Every Step

Great are You, Lord, and of great power; Your understanding is inexhaustible and boundless. Your eyes are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good. Your eyes are also on my ways; You see my every step. My ways are directly before Your eyes, and YouÛwho would have me live soberly, chastely, and godlyÛcarefully weigh all my goings. "Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a plain country and into the land of uprightness." (Ps. 147:5 ; Prov. 15:3 ; Job 34:21 ; Prov. 5:21 paraphrased; Ps. 143:10 not paraphrased, all amp, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 72)

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Giving in Secret

Savior of the poor and needy, I will be careful not to do "acts of righteousness" before people, to be seen by them. If I do, I will have no reward from You, Father in heaven. So when I give to the needy, I will not announce it as the hypocrites do in the churches and on the streets, to be honored by people. The truth is, they have received their reward in full. But when I give to the needy, I will not let my left hand know what my right hand is doing, so that my giving may be in secret. Then, Father, You who see what is done in secret will reward me. For, Son of Man, You are going to come in Your Father's glory with Your angels, and then You will reward me according to what I have done. (Matt. 6:1-4; 16:27 paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 73)

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On Wings of the Dawn

Ever-watchful God, "if I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." You will lead me when I cannot see, by ways I have not known; along unfamiliar paths You will guide me; You will turn the darkness into light before me and make the rough places smooth. These are the things You will do; You will not forsake me. (Ps. 139:8-10 not paraphrased; Isa. 42:16 paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 83)

30

An Understanding Heart

All-wise God, as I go through these difficult changes in my life, may I have an understanding heart that seeks knowledge, and not the mouth of a fool that feeds on foolishness and folly. May I be a person of wisdom who hears and increases my learning, a person of understanding who attains wise counsel. May I trust in You, Lord, and do good; then I will dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. And this is my prayer: that my love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that I may be able to discern what is best. (Prov. 15:14; 1:5 kjv; Ps. 37:3; Phil. 1:9-10a, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 84)

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