Dear Triune God,
from your word we need to learn the gospel, for you desire to form and transform us by the it into citizens of the new kingdom.
Helps us to listen to the many ways the Bible teaches us what the message means: it is for the sake of the faith of Your chosen people,
it teaches us truth that leads to godliness, it teaches us the hope of eternal life promised to us by you who do not lie, it is good new entrusted to us for sharing.
Give to every community of believers leaders who have a good grasp of the Word, people who are not content with mediocre work, so they can preach and also refute those who contradict it.
We pray for the grace and peace from God the Father
and from Jesus Christ,
to strengthen your kingdom,
to enrich every believing community,
and to console each of us.
Dear God, by the power of your Holy Spirit, may our teaching consist of sound doctrine that shapes the lives and behavior of all of us according to who we are, and the needs of our station in life.
May the good news of Jesus Christ never be discredited by any one of us, whether through word or deed.
Help us to understand the best motivation that shapes our lives is nothing less than that the grace of God has appeared, to bring salvation to all.
May we learn to so discipline ourselves that we abandon impiety and worldly passion, and to live lives that are self-controlled, upright and godly during this time of waiting for the hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Thank you for revealing to us the reason for Jesus’ coming:
to redeem us from all iniquity,
to purify a people for himself who are zealous for good works.
it would seem to go without saying that we should live a godly life with Jesus as motivator and model. However, judging from the letters in the New Testament, and looking honestly at our own lives, we need to be reminded and admonished often.
We acknowledge and confess that sinful pleasures continue to appeal to us, and living a godly life continues to be a challenge for us.
And so we rejoice in the appearing of your goodness and kindness, O God our Savior!
We know we are not saved through our own efforts, or works of righteousness, but according to your mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
We express our gratitude that you pour out your Holy Spirit richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by your grace, we become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Help us to devote ourselves to good works which are excellent and profitable to everyone.
Your grace be with all of us.