Before you begin your time of prayer, pause for a few moments and begin to relax. Take several deep breaths, and rest in the loving presence of God.
1 Peter 1:8-9 Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls.
Baptism is the beginning of a faith journey that grows and matures over the course of our lives. The gift of faith we receive allows us to love God without ever having seen him. Our belief in the salvation promised us is what drives us to live in hope and to be witnesses of Christ’s presence among us. Joy is a sign of that presence. It is a mark of a Christian. Love and joy are Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Love and joy also help sustain us through difficult times as we work to attain the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls.
(Speak to Jesus using these words or words of your own.)
Jesus, through Baptism you invite us to leave behind our old lives of sin and to live a new life in you. Increase my faith, and help me to be a sign of joy to those I meet today.