I pray, O Lord…
let our heart not be hardened by past hurts and hatred but softened by your love in order for us to release forgiveness;
let our heart not be hardened by disappointments and discouragements but softened to hear your voice guiding us back to you where hope is;
let our heart not be hardened by the noises and moral declines of a disintegrating world but softened to truly understand that real rest, peace and freedom is only found in you;
let our heart not be hardened by rebellion and disobedience but softened to be in tune with you and feel your heart beat, and realise that you desperately want us to come back to you.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.