A Collect for Persistence in Growth

Patient Father, who is not troubled by our slowness but understands our process of growth, we strive to enter your kingdom, but recognize that we still fail to live according to your reign and will. Give us persistence to align ourselves with the Spirit that has given us birth, that we might be not only subjects to the King, but beloved members of your household, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. ‘Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.’ – John 3:5