Father, shield me from the pattern of this world that is so easy to conform to. Raise me up with strength to persevere so that I can let Your hands fit me into the mold that You have designed for my soul. Grant me the power to resist the temptations to take the easy path. Mold the desires of my heart to fit Your will, Lord. Your mercy is the gift that replenishes my soul when I have strayed. Your grace is the sufficiency that enables me to push through even when I want to give up. Lead me to be what You destined for me, Jesus. Set my heart on nothing less than Your glory and righteousness. Transform my thoughts away from the darkness that beckons me. Make my emotions bow to the self-control available to me through Your Spirit. Let me live to please You as You empower me toward holiness. Set me apart from this world, Jesus, as only You can do. Under the Word of truth in Romans 12:1-2 and the authority of Christ, my Savior and King, I humbly pray.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters,
in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is
—His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:1-2, NIV