Read 2 Timothy 4:1-5.
God, my heavenly Father, because you save, rule and judge, help me to ever preach your word. May I ever be your preacher, ever prepared and ever patient. Help me to keep my head and not measure my effectiveness by numbers or interest. Enable me to think, think well and think on my feet, knowing that not all the days, or the people, will be easy. When people turn away from you or clamor for teaching I know that will not be healthy, may I never chase after them, succumbing to the temptation to forget you and please them. Give me strength to work and not stop as well as vision to see what I must do and not be blind. May the news I announce always be your good news and nothing less. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.