Holy Spirit, rise up in us afresh and bring the joy of our salvation back to lift us into action. Lord, help us get up off the couch, face our fears, and live earnestly for you! I ask in your name above all names, according to the good and perfect will of the Father. Amen.

“I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in your also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” (2Tim 1:1-6 NIV)