Prayer for new birth

Adapted from John Wesley’s sermon “The New Birth.”

Lord, add this to all your blessings:
Let me born again!

Deny me whatever you please,
but do not deny me this:
Let me be born from above!

Take away anything
that the world considers good –
reputation, fortune, friends, health –
only give me this:
to be born of the Spirit,
to be counted as one of the children of God!

Let the perfect seed
of the eternal Word of God
be born in me

and let me day-by-day
grow in grace
and grow in my knowledge
of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ!

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