Father, keep me within the circle of your will. Put your hedge of protection around me and let me feel the prick of a thorn from the hedge when I try to stray. I desire to continue in this newness of life You have put within me. I desire to serve You and to love You all my days. Keep me on the path of righteousness in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6: 1-4 ESV)