2 Timothy

2 Timothy 1

Dear Father God,
we keep turning to you because of the promise of life that we have in Christ Jesus. We claim this promise for ourselves, and we pray that you will give us a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline as we proclaim the gospel.

This grace of the gospel in Christ Jesus You set apart before the ages began, and now you have revealed it to us in the appearing of the Savior Jesus Christ.

We believe that through the cross, Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light for us all.

We thank you, Father in heaven, for teaching and persuading us that we may put our trust in you. You are able to guard until that great day what we have committed to him.

Until Jesus comes, help us hold to the standard of sound teaching,
and to guard the good treasure entrusted to us,
with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

Hear us, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

2 Timothy 2

Dear encouraging God,

you give ample reason for all your servant to persevere in their work of teaching  the gospel, the unchained good news, so that all your elect may obtain the salvation that comes from  Jesus Christ.

Father God, we trust that since we have died with Christ, we shall also live with him.

We trust that if we endure, we will also reign with him;

but we know that if we deny him, he will also deny us;

and wonder of wonders, even if we are unfaithful, you will remain faithful, because you cannot deny yourself.

May all of us, your servants, pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, together with all our brothers and sisters who call on the Lord Jesus with a pure heart.

We ask you to hear our prayer in the name of Jesus, the door to God’s heart.

2 Timothy 3

Father God, your servants often warn about distressing times ahead–
Jesus gave these warnings, and so does the writer of this letter.

We hear of an uncanny list of evil doers, uncanny because this list fits our age so well too. Sound the alarm in our hearts, too, and make us swift to avoid evil-doers.

God, it is unpleasant to hear it, but we are forewarned that persecution is a real possibility in our time for us, and now it actually takes place for many who are persecuted and killed, right now.

Prepare us, support and encourage persecuted brothers and sisters. May we be strong enough in faith to hold on to the sound teaching of your Spirit-given Word, for it instructs us for salvation through our faith in Christ Jesus.

In his name we pray.

2 Timothy 4

Dear Father God,
we recognize that in our times it is as urgently necessary to preach the gospel as it has ever been. Help us to do so in good times and difficult times, to convince, to encourage, to rebuke, whether people will listen or not.

So help us to endure until we finish our journey.

Make us courageous to fight the good fight, to finish the race, and keep the faith.

We will live with your promised future ever in mind: the crown of righteousness which you Lord, the righteous judge, will give us on that great day, the day we long for, the day of his appearing.

In the meanwhile, we trust that you will rescue us from every evil attack, and keep us safe for your heavenly kingdom.

To you, Lord, be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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