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2 Peter

2 PETER 1

Gracious God,
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 lam because hole 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 the way of truth is maligned, 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, but 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 we 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.

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Hebrews 13

Dear God of peace,
teach us to heed and hear all the good and wise instructions concerning life in prayerful community.

May we be present to each other to bless, and never to hurt.

Strengthen our hearts by grace, and show us how to hold on to your truth.

Limit our dependence on the good things of this creation. We pray for help to keep our hearts firmly fixed on the city that is to come.

Finally we pray that you, God of peace,
who brought back from the dead, Jesus,
the good shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant,
will make us complete in everything good,
so that we may do your will.
Work in us that which pleases you.
We cannot do this on our own, we admit,
and so we lift our prayers to you,
through your Son, Jesus Christ.

To him be glory, now and forever. Amen.

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Hebrews 12

Dear God, we can not help but notice that with great seriousness your Word urges us to be faithful by following the example of our Savior, the one who started us on the journey of faith and who will bring us to perfection in the end.

Father, so great a joy was set before Jesus,  that he was able to endure the cross and its shame, and therefore he was permitted to take his seat at your right hand.

Show us how to keep that same joy of the kingdom before us, so that we may not grow weary, and endure the discipline of the Father for his discipline is for our own good.

So prod us to lift up drooping hands, and strengthen weak knees, and make straight paths for our feet, so that what is lame and wounded may be healed.

Father, we are confident that we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. For this we thank you, and desire to offer you acceptable worship with reverence and awe, for you, our God, are a consuming fire.

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Hebrews 11

Father God, we recognize that faith is essential to our relationship with you. Without faith, we cannot please you, nor approach you, And when we believe, we declare that you exist, and that you reward those who seek you.

We read in the Bible all the stories of believers to whom you came, and to whom you responded by providing for them according to their needs even though their hardship were great.

These were people who were strangers and foreigners on earth. They desired a better country, a city whose builder and maker you are, Oh God.

Because they desired this better country, you were not ashamed to be called their God, and you indeed prepared a city for them.

Give to us, your people of today, also a faith that is sure that we will receive the things hoped for, the conviction of things we do not see, and like our ancestors, may we receive approval from you.

Hear our prayer for a faith that can stand the light of day, and endure the dark of night. Amen.

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Hebrews 10

Lord our God
Already through priests and prophets of old
promised good things to come,
but sacrifices offered yearly could not bring those good things.
However now, through the offering of Christ’s body,
salvation has come,
bringing sanctification once for all.

We marvel: one sacrifice, one offering, made perfect for alt time
those who are made holy.

So, Father God, we now enter confidently into the sanctuary,
not because of what we have done, but through the blood of Jesus.

Now we take courage to approach you with a true heart
in full assurance of faith,
for you promised and you are faithful.

As brothers and sisters, we will help each other to love and good works,
and so we don’t leave one another in the lurch.
In hope we stick together as we see the Day of your coming approaching,
so we can also face sufferings and enemies together.
As we journey arm in arm, we will not shrink back and become lost,
but together we will persevere in faith and we will be saved.

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Hebrews 9

Dear God Almighty,
covenant maker,
we sing of the greatest High Priest,
the one who surpasses even Melchizedek in excellence,
Jesus Christ.

God, Father, you son entered the Holy Place
with his own blood,
thus earning eternal salvation!

We sing of the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit,
offered himself without blemish to God,
so purifying our consciences
to worship the living God.

We sing to You, because your called people
receive the promised eternal inheritance
because through the death of Christ
redemption has also come to those are under the first covenant.

We sing because Jesus’ blood is the blood God ordained for us,
knowing that without the shedding of blood
there is no forgiveness of sin.

We sing to You, because Jesus is both priest and victim
who sacrificed himself,
and by this sacrifice saves those who eagerly wait for him.

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Hebrews 8

Majesty on High!
We have a High Priest who exceeds even the excellence of Melchizedek:
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God,
a minister in the sanctuary,
and true tent the Lord has established.

We thank you for the more excellent ministry of Jesus.
He is the mediator of the better covenant
promised by God through the prophet Jeremiah.

You, O God, found fault with the first covenant,
and you made it obsolete and replaced it with the new covenant.
What is obsolete and growing old will soon disappear.
But we are confident that the new covenant will last forever,
for we have confidence in you.

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Ephesians 2

Dear God of mercy,

You declare to us who we are by nature:
dead in trespasses and sins,
captive to evil power
disobedient
children of wrath.
God, we recognize that these declarations are true for us.

By your mercy, you declare a wondrous new reality:
You are rich in mercy
You have a great love for us
You save us by your grace
You have placed us with Christ in the heavenly places.

You have created us for good works:
a new humanity,
a kingdom of peace,
members of your household,
a structure on a solid foundation
a temple fit for a dwelling place for God.

Blessed be God, the Father of Jesus Christ,
and our Father through Him.

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