Romans 8, Isaiah 55-58

Romans 8:5 – For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

O Holy Spirit, thank you for a new beginning today.  As I remember the day I was baptized, I find new life in the water of my baptism where you drowned my flesh and killed him to death.  Today, I rise up new to live before you as a new person – holy and filled with power from you.  Set my mind on those things that are pleasing to you. Fill my heart and mind with truths that come from you alone so that all my feeling, all my thinking, and all my doing comes from you and is guided by you and your clear truth.  I know, however, that this is going to be a war.  My sinful flesh loves to rise up in me to seek what pleases me instead of what pleases you.  Kill him to death again and again, O Holy Spirit, that I may live for you and you alone, O God.  Today is a new day of your grace.  Help me to live by your Spirit all day long.  Amen.