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 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 will 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 who himself committed no sin,
bore our sins in his body on the cross,
and thereby 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 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 than if we shape it according to our own whims.
May all married couples strive daily to treat each other as your word commands.
Make clear to us that this 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 matter 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 join them in their sinful lives. God, you want all people to avoid judgment through the good news 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.