Archive for October, 2014
2 PETER 1
through faith in You and our Savior Jesus Christ, we have learned to value the good news above all else. In the good news we receive the knowledge that leads to goodness.
Your servant Peter encourages us to support faith with goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, mutual affection and love.
None of our cleverly devised myths can make us effective and fruitful in the way the knowledge of Jesus does.
Make us eager to confirm our call and election, and so to enter the eternal kingdom which our Lord Jesus richly provides.
Make each one of us focus on Jesus, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star rises in our hearts.
We rejoice that we have this shining lam because hole men and women were moved to speak by the Holy Spirit speaking to us from God.
2 PETER 2
Master of the universe,
you warn us to be on the alert against false prophets. They have always been agitating among your people. Give us the discernment to know who they are, and especially to know if in any sense we ourselves teach what is false, even if we do so unintentionally.
We recognize that if the way of truth is maligned, then soon sinful lives and deeds will follow, and your judgment and punishment will follow as well, and we are caught in a whirlpool of evil that will drag us down ever deeper.
At the same time we learn that you, Master, know how to rescue the godly from trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day you come to judge the living and the dead.
And so we learn from you how utterly serious your relation is with your people. If we abandon our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will be entangled and overpowered by sin, and our final state will be worse after abandoning our Savior, then it was before we got to know him.
Kyrie Eleison, Lord have mercy.
2 PETER 3
Lord of the coming great day,
we are given to speculation as to when the great will happen, but Scripture does not tell us, but warns us to be prepared for otherwise the day will catch us by surprise, like a thief in the night.
God, those last days will be difficult days, with scoffers and sinners indulging their own lusts without concern for consequences, even though we have been warned of the coming destruction.
Because a great conflagration is coming, we should remember what kind of persons we should be. In the meanwhile, we wait for a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness is at home.
In this time of waiting, we remember Your patience, Father, for Your patience is our salvation.
In this time of waiting, help us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To You, Lord Jesus Christ, be glory both now and until the coming of the great day, the day of eternity. Amen.
1 PETER 1
Strong Rock of our lives,
on you we set all our hope that when Jesus is revealed he will rain his grace on us.
We have a sure confidence that you have chosen and destined us by You, Father, and sanctified us by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ, and sprinkled by his blood.
Blessed be Your name because our hope is not mere wishful thinking,
but it has a solid, imperishable foundation in the resurrection of Jesus.
Because You are our Rock, our faith will be able to withstand trials,
and thus our faith give You glory and praise.
We thank You that we have been transformed from futile ways, through the blood of Christ.
Through Him we have come to trust the living God,
and we have been born anew through the imperishable word.
We pray that You will give us genuine, mutual love, loving one another deeply, from the heart.
We thank You that You have announced this good news to us.
1 PETER 2
God of Your people,
Your servant Peter gave instructions for living a fully Christian life.
He gave us reasons and motivation for doing so in reminding us who we are,
and how blessed we are. He also showed us who You are, and how great You are.
In Christ, we are being built up into a spiritual house,
to be a holy priesthood,
to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to You through Jesus Christ.
God, we can hardly grasp the wonder of it, but we are:
a chosen race,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation,
God’s own people,
to proclaim Your mighty acts,
and to live in your marvelous light.
You are worthy of all praise, God, for the gift of Your son, our Savior.
He suffered our suffering,
he committed no sin,
he bore our sins in his body on the cross,
he has freed us from all sins,
so that we might live for righteousness.
By his wounds, we are healed.
By Your keeping, may we never stray from from the shepherd and guardian of our souls.
1 PETER 3
Lord our God,
The message of Jesus Christ is so rich that we ask your help to shape all of life in conformity to it, for then our lives will be blessed much more that if we shape it according to our own whims.
May all married couples strive daily to treat each other was Your word commands.
Make clear to us that if we might mean in our time something a bit different from what Peter saw in his time and situation, but may we do so with the same intention that moved him.
So in Your communities may we have unity of spirit, sympathy, mutual love, tender hearts and humble minds.
If we are mistreated, may we respond with blessing.
In our hearts may we honor Christ as Lord.
Help us by Your Holy Spirit to gently and reverently defend the cause of Christ.
If we are called to suffer, may it never be because we have done wrong.
God, we remember in our distress the suffering of Christ for our sins,
once for all,
the righteous for the unrighteous.
He was put to death for us,
but you made him alive in the spirit.
We trust that the risen and ascended Lord,
to whom angels, authorities and powers are subject,
can mold us to become the people You want us to be.
1 PETER 4
God of Your people,
here Your servant Peter speaks of the church under persecution,
a prayer so relevant to many Christians in our time, too.
Your Son, our savior, suffered. We should not shy away from that kind of suffering either. Help us to live our lives not by human desires, but by Your will. May unbelievers be surprised when we refuse to them them in their sinful lives. God, you want all people to avoid judgment through the good new that is preached even to the dead.
May our characters be shaped by discipline for the sake of our prayers.
Maintain in our hearts constant mutual love, for love covers a multitude of sins.
May all of us be good stewards of the manifold grace of God, so that you, God, may be glorified through the strength of Your grace.
In any suffering that comes our way, may we still glorify Your name, by entrusting ourselves to You, the faithful creator, while we continue to do good.
1 Peter 5
thank You for the way you teach us to endure hardship,
to resist evil,
and to be excellent shepherds of Your flock,
for the chief shepherd will give us the crown of glory that lasts forever.
When we humble ourselves under Your mighty hand, you will exalt us.
We may cast all our anxieties on You because You care for us.
We trust that after many kinds of suffering,
You, the God of grace who called us to eternal glory in Christ,
will support, restore, strengthen and establish us.
May we stand fast in the grace of God, the rock which will be firm forever.
Father of lights,
for your own purpose you gave us birth by the word of truth.
You want us to become the first fruit of your creatures.
By your word we are becoming transformed to become doers of your word.
Every square inch of life is to be molded by your grace and truth,
otherwise we are merely nominal Christians,
we deceive our hearts,
and our religion is worthless.
Bless us with the ability to joyfully endure temptation.
Generously give us your wisdom.
Forgive us when we foolishly envy the rich.
May we learn to be quick to listen,
slow to speak,
slow to anger.
Help us to get rid of sordid behavior
and rank growth of wickedness.
Keep before us always the perfect law,
the law of liberty
and may we always persevere in doing the of righteousness
so that we do not lose the way in this world
which denies you and opposes your people.
Great King and Master of the Universe,
from you we have the highest law, the royal law,
to love our neighbors as ourselves.
We know we do well if we fulfill this law,
but we confess that it is easier said than done.
We easily and often show favoritism to the rich and famous
at the expense of the poor and needy.
In your sight, showing partiality is sin.
And when we commit one sin, we break the entire royal law.
We confess that we are at times Christian in name only.
We say we believe, but we do not have the life of works that should flow from faith.
Activate your grace in us that was in Abraham
whose faith was reckoned to him as righteousness,
and hence he was called a friend of God.
Great King and Master of the universe,
we also long to be counted as your friends.
through your servant James
that living the Christian life is a very serious matter!
We confess that our tongues can often be restless, destructive fires.
Our words can be poisonous, causing wounds from which others scarcely recover.
Words can hurt and destroy relationships.
Our tongues are not easily controlled.
Our God and Father,
give us the indispensable gift of wisdom and understanding,
so that our good life leads to gentleness in dealing with one another.
Thank You for the fruitful wisdom you give us,
for your wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle,
willing to yield to others;
wisdom if full of mercy and good fruits,
with not a hint or partiality or hypocrisy.
Make it clear to us, we pray, that a harvest of righteousness
is sown in peace for those who make peace.
you desire with earnest longing to have fellowship with us,
but all manner of sin obstructs this rich fellowship between you and us your people.
We are torn within by contradictory cravings.
Often we are at enmity with You,
because of our friendship with the world.
But thankfully your grace abounds to the penitent.
Therefore, God of the covenant promises,
we submit ourselves to you.
We will resist the devil, so he will flee from us.
We will cleanse our hands and purify our hearts
so our hearts will be united in willing only one thing.
Covenant God, our confidence is that when humble ourselves before You,
You will exalt us.
Thank You, God, for you give grace to the humble.
Lord of hosts,
You are a just judge,
and therefore all sinners, especially those who hurt others,
will end up weeping and wailing because of the miseries that are coming to them.
You, Lord, are are coming again.
Teach us how to live in the meanwhile, in this present evil age,
waiting patiently, and treating one another graciously,
forgiving each other,
supporting one another,
praying for each other,
speaking the truth to one another,
singing songs of praise.
When anyone is sick, the elders and all your people will pray,
trusting in the power of prayerful faith.
And God, help us especially to approach the straying with words of correction and discipline
so that there will be joy in heaven because of even one person, and greater joy because of the salvation throngs of believers, more believers than the sand on the beaches.
Dear God of peace,
teach us to heed and hear all the good and wise instructions concerning life in prayerful community.
May we be present to each other to bless, and never to hurt.
Strengthen our hearts by grace, and show us how to hold on to your truth.
Limit our dependence on the good things of this creation. We pray for help to keep our hearts firmly fixed on the city that is to come.
Finally we pray that you, God of peace,
who brought back from the dead, Jesus,
the good shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant,
will make us complete in everything good,
so that we may do your will.
Work in us that which pleases you.
We cannot do this on our own, we admit,
and so we lift our prayers to you,
through your Son, Jesus Christ.
To him be glory, now and forever. Amen.
Dear God, we can not help but notice that with great seriousness your Word urges us to be faithful by following the example of our Savior, the one who started us on the journey of faith and who will bring us to perfection in the end.
Father, so great a joy was set before Jesus, that he was able to endure the cross and its shame, and therefore he was permitted to take his seat at your right hand.
Show us how to keep that same joy of the kingdom before us, so that we may not grow weary, and endure the discipline of the Father for his discipline is for our own good.
So prod us to lift up drooping hands, and strengthen weak knees, and make straight paths for our feet, so that what is lame and wounded may be healed.
Father, we are confident that we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. For this we thank you, and desire to offer you acceptable worship with reverence and awe, for you, our God, are a consuming fire.
Father God, we recognize that faith is essential to our relationship with you. Without faith, we cannot please you, nor approach you, And when we believe, we declare that you exist, and that you reward those who seek you.
We read in the Bible all the stories of believers to whom you came, and to whom you responded by providing for them according to their needs even though their hardship were great.
These were people who were strangers and foreigners on earth. They desired a better country, a city whose builder and maker you are, Oh God.
Because they desired this better country, you were not ashamed to be called their God, and you indeed prepared a city for them.
Give to us, your people of today, also a faith that is sure that we will receive the things hoped for, the conviction of things we do not see, and like our ancestors, may we receive approval from you.
Hear our prayer for a faith that can stand the light of day, and endure the dark of night. Amen.
Lord our God
Already through priests and prophets of old
promised good things to come,
but sacrifices offered yearly could not bring those good things.
However now, through the offering of Christ’s body,
salvation has come,
bringing sanctification once for all.
We marvel: one sacrifice, one offering, made perfect for alt time
those who are made holy.
So, Father God, we now enter confidently into the sanctuary,
not because of what we have done, but through the blood of Jesus.
Now we take courage to approach you with a true heart
in full assurance of faith,
for you promised and you are faithful.
As brothers and sisters, we will help each other to love and good works,
and so we don’t leave one another in the lurch.
In hope we stick together as we see the Day of your coming approaching,
so we can also face sufferings and enemies together.
As we journey arm in arm, we will not shrink back and become lost,
but together we will persevere in faith and we will be saved.
Dear God Almighty,
we sing of the greatest High Priest,
the one who surpasses even Melchizedek in excellence,
God, Father, you son entered the Holy Place
with his own blood,
thus earning eternal salvation!
We sing of the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit,
offered himself without blemish to God,
so purifying our consciences
to worship the living God.
We sing to You, because your called people
receive the promised eternal inheritance
because through the death of Christ
redemption has also come to those are under the first covenant.
We sing because Jesus’ blood is the blood God ordained for us,
knowing that without the shedding of blood
there is no forgiveness of sin.
We sing to You, because Jesus is both priest and victim
who sacrificed himself,
and by this sacrifice saves those who eagerly wait for him.
Majesty on High!
We have a High Priest who exceeds even the excellence of Melchizedek:
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God,
a minister in the sanctuary,
and true tent the Lord has established.
We thank you for the more excellent ministry of Jesus.
He is the mediator of the better covenant
promised by God through the prophet Jeremiah.
You, O God, found fault with the first covenant,
and you made it obsolete and replaced it with the new covenant.
What is obsolete and growing old will soon disappear.
But we are confident that the new covenant will last forever,
for we have confidence in you.
Most High God,
you have always provided wonderfully for your people.
King Melchizedek was a great High Priest.
He blessed Abraham after he had defeated the kings,
and Abraham acknowledged the king of righteousness
by a gift of a tithe of all his possession.
But now we have been blessed with an even greater High Priest,
Jesus Christ, who has established an eternal covenant,
a better hope hope through which we can approach God.
Father God, because Jesus holds the new and better covenant eternally,
he can for all time save those who approach God,
for Jesus is always alive to pray for us.
Through Christ we have such a high priest, holy,blameless, undefiled,
separated from sinners,
exalted above the heavens.
Jesus, you sacrificed yourself, once for all,
for us, sinners.
Great High Priest,
have mercy on us,
and grant us your peace.