1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 1

God, you want the gospel to be brought everywhere
so that all will be made holy in Christ Jesus.

From Jesus our Lord and you, our Father,
we receive the gift of grace and peace.
Through these blessings we have been enriched and strengthened.
Through Christ we will continue as believers until our last day,
and so we will be blameless at the end.

We pray that there may be no divisions in your body,
but that we may be in agreement with each other
and united in mind and purpose.
May we do nothing that empties the cross of its power,
for you decided that there is salvation only in the power of the cross of Jesus.
God, we believe that the cross of Jesus is the only saving wisdom.
Though the cross may seem foolishness to many,
yet we cannot be saved apart from it.
Christ Jesus, you are the power and wisdom of God!

We confess that you chose the weak, people who are not wise, not noble.
We have nothing of which to boast.
Christ, you are the source of our life.
You became for us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption.

Praise be to you for these precious gifts.

1 Corinthians 2

God of power and wisdom, no form of human teaching, philosophy or wisdom is effective for salvation.
We thank you, for by the death of Jesus Christ there is salvation for all believers.

May all our preaching and teaching
be with demonstration of the Spirit of power.

We praise you for making the deep mysteries of the gospel and of God
known to use when your Spirit blesses the preaching concerning Jesus Christ.

We pray for the gift of your Holy Spirit to help us understand the gifts you have given us. We pray for the mind of Christ to shape our thoughts, words and deeds.

1 Corinthians 3

God, by your goodness you stoop to make your people the temple where you live. However, we can be slow to understand what you are doing with us. We need baby lessons and language to learn what we should have learned long ago. We should be ready for solid food, but we are ready only for milk.

We are often divided into arguing groups. We have our favorite teachers, one preferring this one, another someone else. Show us again that our real teacher is Jesus the Messiah, and our identity is in him.
While one person sows, another plants, and still another waters, the increase comes from you.

God, we promise to stop boasting about human leaders, for they are only servants. We belong to you, in life and death, now and in the future, and you belong to God.

We thank you, for nothing is more certain and nothing secures us better than belonging to you. This is the sure message your word brings.

1 Corinthians 4

God, your servants are often severely tested,

sometimes by persecution,

sometimes by the criticism of others,

sometimes by poverty and hardship.

But we remember that we are servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

We pray that you will find that we are trustworthy.

Keep us from being intimated by critics.

We are encouraged by the knowledge that we need to be concerned only about your judgment, so we can be kind to ourselves.

God, it is a blessing to know that you use the gospel, so the church can endure and grow.

You show us and help us to see that the Kingdom is not simply a matter of words, but of power.

1 Corinthians 5

God, our savior and judge, we mourn because sin remains a powerful reality, not just for immoral people and unbelievers, but for us Christians, too.

There is often terrible sexual behavior in our midst, too, behavior so bad that the community needs to pronounce its judgment, behavior so bad that the sinner’s flesh needs to be handed over to Satan so that their spirit may still be saved.

Help us clean out the old, sinful desires of our hearts to make room for the new, because Christ, our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Now we can celebrate the feast of the Kingdom in sincerity and truth.

God, we your people may not associate with sinful, unrepentant brothers and sisters. Forgive us when we become too tolerant and lax towards sin in our community and in our own hearts.

Show us, God when we urgently need to repent.

Lord, have mercy.

1 Corinthians 6

Dear God, we who call ourselves Christians live in a manner that is often disappointing both to others and to ourselves.

We who are going to judge the angels and the world are ourselves under judgment. We act like wrongdoers who cannot inherit the Kingdom.

And yet we give thanks because we were washed, we were cleansed, we were made holy and we were justified in the name of Jesus and in your Spirit, our God.

May our actions befit those whom you have blessed, and as people who have been raised by your power. God, may we always remember that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. We are not our own! We were bought with the price of Christ’s death on the cross.

God, help us to glorify you in our bodies!

1 Corinthians 7

God, your servants are at times asked questions that require wisdom and discernment, for not every situation we encountered is covered by your word or commandments.

So we ask wisdom to know how spouses should relate to each other in marriage, and when a marriage ends.

We pray for wisdom to know how best to live the life assigned to us, the life to which you call us.

How can we be at peace and free from anxiety in a world that is passing away?

Prepare our hearts and minds to help each other with wisdom and humility in a world in crisis, so we will be prepared for the return of King Jesus.

1 Corinthians 8

Father God, we your children are not always agreed on what is permitted to do, or not. If we do things that are a problem or a stumbling block to weak or new Christians, may we have the wisdom and compassion to restrain our own freedom for their sake.

May all we do bring us and all your people closer to you.

You are the only God.

From you all things come into being.

For you we exist.

We confess one Lord, Jesus Christ.

Through him you created all things.

Through him we live.

God, help us shape our persons and behavior in the light of our confession. Our identity is in you alone.

1 Corinthians 9

Dear God, sometimes your servants have to deal with a great deal of criticism, even from within the community of believers. God, it can be a challenge to deal with that without becoming unnecessarily defensive. Give us the wisdom to know when to respond, or when to ignore it.

Your servants have the right to earn a living from the preaching of the good news of Jesus. We pray that there may be nothing to get in the way of the preaching and hearing of the word, so that whatever we do, it may be motivated by our desire for the salvation of the hearers.

As athletes discipline themselves to win a race, may we also be self-disciplined to win the race to be blessing, and so share also in the blessing of the gospel.

1 Corinthians 10

God, we who are in you do not always please you, just as people of old did not always please you either, and received severe punishment.

For our own well-being, we must not put Christ to the test by sinful behaviour or complaining. Teach us humility that we may always be alert, lest we fall.

Faithful God, with any temptation to sin, give us strength to endure.

Especially at the table of our Lord, guard us from idolatrous behavior, and casting down demons, help us to keep Christ central, Christ alone.

When we eat or drink, help us to strike a good balance between our freedom and the consciences of others so that all we do may glorify God and offend no one. We seek the well-being of many so they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 11

You, God who made us male and female in your image, help us to understand what that means, because in our time many are very confused about this matter. Show us how to implement biblical principles for the relationships between men and women. We need your help with all our conversations and differing views our sexual identity.

We ask, too, that our celebrations of the supper of our Lord may be truly edifying for everyone and exclude no one. When we get together to eat and drink, may we truly celebrate. Lord, the bread and wine also point us to the future you are preparing for us, for we take part in this feast until Jesus comes again.

We take to heart the warning that eating and drinking in an unworthy manner means that we will have to give an account to you, our God. So we commit ourselves to a thorough self-examination, and then we will celebrate the feast.

1 Corinthians 12

Father God, thank you for your Holy Spirit, for it is through your Spirit that we have come to know Jesus Christ as savior and lord.

Thank you for the continuing work of your Spirit, for the Spirit alone can give us the life of your grace and kingdom.

Thank you, because your Spirit continues to be active and activating in your body, giving us a great variety of gifts to serve your people. Life becomes meaningful for each of us has something to contribute to the common good.

Because we are one body, we share our mutual burdens, and we rejoice together over the blessings we have received.

We thank you that we are not alone in this world, but we live our lives in a community of believers and we are on the pilgrimage together to the home you are preparing for us.

1 Corinthians 13

Head of the church, we pray that you will give us the spiritual gift of being gracious truth-tellers. Truth-telling can be a difficult gift to accept, and yet you desire to use it to build your church.

Teach us how to use this gift to encourage and comfort your people, and to move us from sin to repentance, from disobedience to obedience, from unbelief to faith.

God, since you are the God of peace, show us how to live an orderly and decent life as the one body of Christ.

God of peace, thank you for your continued work in shaping our lives, for when you work, you shape a new community in our chaotic world.

I Corinthians 14

Head of the church, we pray that you will bless us with the spiritual gifts of prophecy, the difficult but necessary gift of telling the truth.

Help us to use the truth we receive from you to encourage, admonish and comfort .

God, since you are the God of peace, show us how to live an orderly and decent life as the body of our savior Jesus Christ.

God, we thank you for your gracious work, because you form a peaceful and just community in a chaotic, warn-torn world.

1 Corinthians 15

Dear father God,

Praise be to your name for the greatest of your work, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Thank you for the clear description of what this victory means for us.

We praise you because we are raised with Jesus to the newness of a resurrected life.

God, your son Jesus lives!

He was seen by many witnesses.

His resurrection is a tree that bears endless quantities of fruit.

Because he lives, we have eternal life.

Every ruler, every authority, every power that opposes him will be destroyed, even that most fearsome enemy, is destroyed.

So we celebrate the great mystery:

we will receive a new spiritual, glorious, immortal body.

We will bear the image of Christ.

We will be raised immortal,

Thank you, God, for allowing us to participate in the victory in Christ.

We pray that you will prod and encourage us to be steadfast in our Christian life without wavering.

Enable us to excel in our work in the Lord, because in you our labor is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 16.

God, our God, we can care for each other in so many ways. We can support one another, brothers and sisters nearby and far away with gifts of hospitality as well as with money. So give us generous hearts to set aside for the needy in our weekly collections.

We pray that you will help us to keep alert, to stand strong in the faith, to be courageous and steadfast.

We pray for you to give us the gift of doing all we do, in love.

Give all your people the gift of warm love for you.

Lord Jesus Christ, we wait with eager expectation for your return.

We pray that our time of waiting may be time of expectation, trusting that you will fill us with the grace of our Lord and Savior.


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