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 lamp because holy 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 we malign the truth, 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. It 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 they 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.