"O God, our Father, help us to resist the temptations which come to us from outside.
Help us to be wise enough never to play with fire; never to flirt with temptation; never recklessly to put ourselves into a situation in which it is easy to go wrong; never unthinkingly to develop habits which provide an opportunity for sin.
- Help us to say No to every voice which invites us to leave your way.
- Help us to resist every seduction which makes sin more attractive.
- Help us to walk through the world, and yet to keep our garments unspotted from the world.
Grant unto us that grace which will give us the strength and the purity ever to overcome evil and to do the right; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
[William Barclay, A Barclay Prayer Book, Lousville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1990, p35]