God of all joy and delight, have mercy on Your beloved. Even in the midst of my personal suffering, let Your Holy Spirit grant me the wonder of the gift of joy rooted in holiness. For the moments when my emotions beckon me to the dark places of my mind, illuminate Your presence in me so that I remain focused on Your light. From the depths of my being, guide me and empower me, Lord God. Work within me so that my life is effective for Your Kingdom glory. Motivate me to saturate my mind with truth from Your Word every single day so that my thoughts are in line with Your own. Create in me a heavenly perspective that will lift me higher than my present circumstances. Jesus, protect me from the relentless assault of deception that comes after me every day. By the power of Your truth, I call on You to dispel the lies, the falsehoods and condemnation that trips me up in life. As Your child, let me rejoice in You with the strength of love incorruptible. Under the power of Your word in 1 Thessalonians 1:6 and the authority of Christ Jesus, I humbly pray.
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord,
for you received the word in much affliction,
with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
1 Thessalonians 1:6, ESV