2 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians 1

Dear Father God,
We may rest assured that your grace and peace are for each one of us.

We are so grateful that faith and love can grow even when your people endure persecution or affliction. Father, this shows us that you are continuing your just work in us.

You justly repay with affliction those who afflict your people. You give relief to the afflicted and to all of us, when Jesus is revealed as the conquering and triumphant King. He will work vengeance on those who do not know you, our God, and on those who do not obey the gospel.

We pray that you will make us worthy of your call, and fulfill by your power every good resolve and work of faith according to the grace of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2

Dear Father, director of history, forgive us all the speculation we have done concerning times and seasons.
Our curiosity has sometimes gotten the better of us,
going far beyond what your word reveals.

Driven by our fears, we too easily pay attention to those who put their trust in people who play into the hands of evil power, so we listen to gods that are not gods.

Teach us to be content with the gospel of Your coming kingdom, and to trust Jesus, the victorious one who will expose the lawless one,
and destroy him and his works.

May we learn to be content with the assurance of sanctification we have from you, for we trust that we live under your protecting care.

Dear God, take away our fears and anxious curiosity through Jesus Christ who loves us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and hope.

Comfort and strengthen us in every good work and word.
Through Christ our Lord.

2 Thessalonians 3

Dear God,
out of love for this fallen world
you sent your Son, our Savior
to be crucified and raised for us.
Now you send us into the world.
May we be rescued from wicked and evil people.
Strengthen and keep safe
all who go out with the good news.

God, direct our hearts to your love
and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Help each of us to be industrious,
to do our assigned tasks,
to earn our own living,
and never become weary in doing what is just.

Oh God of peace,
give us your peace in all times and in all ways.

Lord God, be with us all.
The grace of our Lord be with all of us.

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