2 Corinthians 1
Blessings, honour and praise to you,
the one true God,
the Father of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and our Father through the Christ!
You are the ever-flowing source of mercy
and you are the God of all consolation.
You have comforted us when we were afflicted,
and because we experienced this comfort,
we are able to comfort all who are in any affliction
with the consolation we received when you comforted us.
Thank you, our Father God for the sufferings of the Christ are abundant, enough for us, and our consolation is also abundant through Christ.
2 Corinthians 2
Wise and wisdom-giving God,
encourage us to obey you eagerly,
and to forgive generously
for we live in the presence of the Messiah.
Help us to see this clearly,
so that we may not be out-smarted
by the clever wiles of Satan,
who, though defeated
continues to harass us.
He tries to fool us into following him to eternal death.
It is our joy to belong to the living,
in whose name we pray. Amen
2 Corinthians 3
Dear Father God, praise to you for the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus!
Through Jesus, have made your people competent to be ministers of a new covenant, the covenant of the Spirit that makes life to abound,
who gives us the ministry of justification that abounds in glory,
and that transforms us from one degree of glory to another.
Thanks be to you for bringing the Holy Spirit,
for where your Holy Spirit is, there alone is freedom.
Receive the prayers we offer through your Son, the Messiah.
2 Corinthians 4
Dear redeemer God and our heavenly Father,
we confess that we also are often unbelievers,
our minds are blind, and we do not notice that
the gospel shows us the glory of Christ in the image of God.
shine into the darkness of our hearts
give us the light that comes
from beholding the glory of God
in the face of Christ Jesus.
through the gift of the gospel
we will be able to overcome the adversities of life,
we will not be crushed by enemies.
We have many questions, but they will not drive us to despair
and we are confident that you will not abandon us.
You will keep us safe, and allow no one to destroy us.
May the life of Jesus be visible in us.
May your grace be visible to multitudes through the transparency of your people.
Bring us at last safely into your presence,
as you prepare us for an eternal weight of glory that awaits us.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Corinthians 5.
Almighty Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all of life:
by our sin we forfeit life,
we show how little we value it,
what poor use we make of it.
Now, through the gift of faith, we see
that undeserved gift we have in Christ:
a new creation!
The old has passed away!
The new has come!
In Christ we have been reconciled to God.
We do not fear condemnation or death.
We rejoice because you no longer count our trespasses against us.
You announce good news for all people, and to the whole world:
God, you are reconciling the world to yourself!
Thank You Jesus, for in the cross you took our sin on yourself,
So in You, Jesus, we have become the righteousness of God.
Thanksgiving, praise and glory to you!
2 Corinthians 6
Dear Almighty God,
you insist on being our Father,
you liberate us from the evil one.
The choice is completely yours to have us
as your sons and daughters.
Thank you, for now is the acceptable time:
it is not too late to turn to you.
Now is the day of salvation,
it is not a day to be destroyed
or to be cast out of Your presence.
May nothing be found in us to obstruct anyone’s way to you
on that day.
We honour and give thanks for all servants who endure suffering, hardship and mistreatment for the sake of the gospel.
Praise to you for allowing us to be the temple that is your dwelling place.
2 Corinthians 7
Most merciful, most holy one,
because of the rich promises you gave us,
we have ample motivation to cleanse ourselves
from every defilement of body and spirit
and so making holiness perfect
in the fear of you, our God.
We acknowledge and confess
that often we yield to the sinful self
to do what that old self pleases.
When we stray
work in us such godly grief
as leads to repentance and salvation,
and never brings regret.
Thus we find comfort
in the forgive of sins
and the new life in Christ Jesus,
in whose name we pray.
2 Corinthians 8
your generosity knows no limit,
your grace is sufficient for all:
you teach and motivate us
to learn generosity towards others.
We see the generous acts of our Lord Jesus:
he was rich beyond the wealth of any human.
He saw the need of all people
and for us he became poor,
poor to the point of suffering,
poor to the point of death on the cross.
And it took nothing less that this
to deliver us from sin, bondage and death.
By the poverty of our saviour
we became rich beyond counting.
Through Jesus Christ,
our gifts, great and small
are acceptable to you.
You are able to make good use of them.
Thanks be to you, Jesus our Lord.
2 Corinthians 9.
we cannot describe your gift to us;
it is too large to grasp
too complex to name
too far beyond what we can imagine.
As we meditate on your generous giving,
we are transformed from being selfish
to putting you at our centre
from self, to community,
from greed to generosity.
May we never give out of compulsion or duty,
but out of the generosity you love
and that enriches others,
through gifts of money,
through deeds of kindness
through words fitly spoken.
Encourage us to trust that your faithfulness and generosity will be enough for us.
We thank you for your unsurpassed gift.
2 Corinthians 10
Mighty, victorious God,
in Jesus the Christ
you won a victory greater than any army,
the victory of the cross,
the victory of grace,
the victory over all evil powers.
For this we heartily thank you.
By your grace
may we learn to handle spiritual weapons,
the weapons of the Word,
clearing the way for the knowledge of God.
May we learn to take all our thoughts
captive to obey Christ.
We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 11
Dear covenant-keeping God,
you are the head of the household, your church.
We acknowledge that the behaviour of your children must be perplexing to you a good deal of the time.
We your children
often fight and quarrel,
we brag and boast.
We don’t serve and protect one another.
We criticize one another over petty things,
and so become deaf to what really matters.
We allow the inadequacies of the messenger
to make us harden our hearts to the message of your grace.
We forget the accomplishments of the ones we criticize.
Lord, have mercy, Lord, bend our hearts to be merciful one to another.
2 Corinthians 12
God of peace,
we often create unrest and war
even in the kingdom of peace.
We quarrel to score points,
we boast to show ourselves to be better than others,
and we make ourselves out to be better than we are.
We prefer to take the best seats in the house
rather than to serve others.
Our pride gets in the way of humility
and pride gets in the way of us being who we are.
If you gave your servant Paul a thorn in the flesh to keep him modest,
why not us, too?
Teach us to see the miracle that your grace is enough,
and that your strength is made perfect in weakness.
God of peace, comfort us with your truth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Corinthians 13
mighty, merciful, majestic:
you made the world and pronounced it good,
you desire your world to be new, perfect, good once again,
and so you gave us the Christ,
crucified in weakness,
living by the power of God.
You desire us to be perfect,
therefore teach us to examine ourselves,
whether we live by faith.
You desire us to have Jesus living in us,
so we may live by his truth.
You desire that we have our lives in order,
that we agree with one another,
to live in peace.
So in prayer we claim the promise
that the God of love and peace
will be with us, now and always.
We offer our prayers in the precious name of Jesus, the Mediator.