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Jude

Dear God, your servant Jude has provided us with strong words of warning.

We are called, beloved and kept safe,
but through Jude You also warns us to contend for the faith,
for intruders steal in who pervert your grace, God,
and deny our only Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.

Your destruction came upon unbelievers in the past,
and will come today on those who do not believe and commit ungodly acts.

So we, your beloved people,
are urged to build ourselves up in the faith, to continue loving you,
and to look forward to the mercy of eternal life.

May we reach out to the wavering,
snatching them from the fire,
and have mercy on others with fear,
so that we will not be corrupted by them.

Now, our God, you are able to keep us from falling.
You are able to make us stand without blemish in the presence of your glory with rejoicing.
To you, the only God our Savior,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
be glory, majesty, power and authority,
before all time and now and forever.
Amen.

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3 John

God of your people,we thank you for the multitudes of people like Gaius.
He was faithful to the truth. He showed hospitality to strangers who were messengers of the gospel,
and who accepted no support from unbelievers.

May we, like them, follow their examples,
never imitate evil,
but only what is good,
for only good comes from God.

We pray for the well-being of all your servants, both physically and spiritually.

Give us your peace, Oh Lord!

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2 John

We thank you for servants like John who love you, your people, and your truth.

We trust that your grace, mercy and peace will be with us,
from you, our God and Father,
and from your son, Jesus Christ, in truth and love.

Mall all your people walk in your truth and obey your commandment to love on another.

Keep us alert always to those who would deceive us with lies,
and help us to keep them at arm’s length.

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1 John

1 John 1

Life-giving Father,
it is a great privilege to have the word of life, that is Jesus Christ who was from the beginning, is now and shall be evermore.

We believe that you have revealed eternal life to us, and established fellowship with our brothers and sisters and with you, our God, and your son Jesus Christ. We have heard and believe this message, and it brings us complete joy.

God, in you are both life and light.
Enlivened and enlightened by you, may we walk in the light, for that is the way to wholesome relationships, and in this way the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.

We believe and rejoice, knowing that you are faithful and just and will forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 JOHN 2

God, righteous and just in all your ways,
sin is a grievous matter in your sight.
Again and again Your word warns us about all manner of transgression:
disobeying Your commandments, we walk in darkness;
we do not love our brothers and sisters as we ought.

We love the world, and listen to what our flesh desires and what appeals to our eyes.
We are proud of our wealth and our achievements.
However, your word teaches us that all these are passing away.

We hear the warning against abandoning your people.
You tell us to be alert in the end times, when the Antichrist is coming.

Father, we know sin is such a grave matter that rather than to let sin conquer, you have provided an advocate, Jesus the righteous,
the one who made atoning sacrifice for our sins.
He is the true light that is already shining.

How blessed we are when we abide in the gospel, for then we abide in the Son and in the Father.

We pray for the gift of abiding in Jesus, until he is revealed,
for in abiding we may be confident and not ashamed in the day of his coming.

1 JOHN 3

Father God, without you we do not know who we are, but now that you have given your love to us, we receive a wonderful identity from you: we are your children! What love! And yet greater truth will be made known, for one will be like you.

Because we belong to you, we have great reason to fight against our sin, and to purify ourselves.

You call us to do what is right, and you give us help to live this new life, because we have been born of you, our God.

May your love bear fruit in us in loving one another and helping those in need. In Jesus, You have shown us to love not just in words, but in deeds.

God, as we strive to live as your children, our hearts will not condemn us: instead we will have boldness before you.

Encourage all people to believe in the name of your dear son, Jesus Christ.

Thank you because as we love, we know that Your Spirit lives in us.

1 JOHN 4

You are love, O God.
We do not know you through seeing you,
for no one has ever seen you,
but if we love on another, you live in us,
and we abide in you through the Spirit you have given us.

Through your Spirit show us clearly how to test the spirits, and to turn away from the antichrist who denies that Jesus came from you.

We, your little children are from you, our God.

We listen to the good news as brought by your servants the apostles.

We confess and rejoice because you gave Jesus as the lamb who gave himself as the atoning sacrifice for sin.
That is how great your love is for us.

And now we pray that your love will be made complete in the love we show each other.
This love we show has no fear in it:
it casts out fear.
And that is true because of the love you first gave us.

So now, you who are love, may we love our brothers and sisters, today and always.

1 JOHN 5

Father of your family,
you desire a world where love rules, and desires this, too.
We know that the world of love and holiness does not come by weapons, might, terror or any other human means.

We trust that only through faith in your only begotten Son can we be born anew to love for you and obedience to your commandments.

We believe the testimony that you have given us eternal life,
the new reality for today and for all time to come.

Thank you for the assurance that if we ask anything in name of Jesus, you hear us.
Through our prayers you forgive the sins of our brothers and sisters, unless these sins are mortal.

Thank you for giving us understanding that your word is true.

May we never put our trust in idols, but only in You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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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 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.

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1 Peter

1 PETER 1

Strong Rock of our lives,
on you we set all our hope that when Jesus is revealed he will rain his grace on us.

We have a sure confidence that you have chosen and destined Father, and sanctified us by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ, and sprinkled by his blood.

Blessed be your name because our hope is not mere wishful thinking,
but it has a solid, imperishable foundation in the resurrection of Jesus.
Because you are our Rock, our faith will be able to withstand trials,
and thus our faith will give you glory and praise.

We thank you that we have been transformed from futile ways, through the blood of Christ.
Through Him we have come to trust the living God, and we have been born anew through the imperishable word.

We pray that you will give us genuine, mutual love, loving one another deeply, from the heart.

We thank you that you have announced this good news to us.

1 PETER 2

God of your people,
your servant Peter gave instructions for living a fully Christian life.
He gave us reasons and motivation for doing so in reminding us who we are, and how blessed we are. He also showed us who you are, and how great you are.

In Christ, we are being built up into a spiritual house,
to be a holy priesthood,
to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to you through Jesus Christ.

God, we can hardly grasp the wonder of it, but we are:
a chosen race,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation,
God’s own people,
to proclaim Your mighty acts,
and to live in your marvelous light.

You are worthy of all praise, God, for the gift of your son, our Savior.
He suffered our suffering He who himself committed no sin,
bore our sins in his body on the cross,
and thereby he has freed us from all sins,
so that we might live for righteousness.
By his wounds, we are healed.

By Your keeping, may we never stray from the shepherd and guardian of our souls.

1 PETER 3

Lord our God,
The message of Jesus Christ is so rich that we ask your help to shape all of life in conformity to it, for then our lives will be blessed much more than if we shape it according to our own whims.

May all married couples strive daily to treat each other as your word commands.
Make clear to us that this might mean in our time something a bit different from what Peter saw in his time and situation, but may we do so with the same intention that moved him.

So in your communities may we have unity of spirit, sympathy, mutual love, tender hearts and humble minds.

If we are mistreated, may we respond with blessing.
In our hearts may we honor Christ as Lord.

Help us by your Holy Spirit to gently and reverently defend the cause of Christ. If we are called to suffer, may it never be because we have done wrong.

God, we remember in our distress the suffering of Christ for our sins,
once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous.
He was put to death for us, but you made him alive in the spirit.

We trust that the risen and ascended Lord,
to whom angels, authorities and powers are subject,
can mold us to become the people you want us to be.

1 PETER 4

God of your people, here your servant Peter speaks of the church under persecution, a matter so relevant to many Christians in our time, too.

Your Son, our savior, suffered. We should not shy away from that kind of suffering either. Help us to live our lives not by human desires, but by your will. May unbelievers be surprised when we refuse to join them in their sinful lives. God, you want all people to avoid judgment through the good news that is preached even to the dead.

May our characters be shaped by discipline for the sake of our prayers.

Maintain in our hearts constant mutual love, for love covers a multitude of sins.

May all of us be good stewards of the manifold grace of God, so that you, God, may be glorified through the strength of your grace.

In any suffering that comes our way, may we still glorify your name, by entrusting ourselves to you, the faithful creator, while we continue to do good.

1 Peter 5

Inspiring God,
thank you for the way you teach us to endure hardship,
to resist evil,
and to be excellent shepherds of Your flock,
for the chief shepherd will give us the crown of glory that lasts forever.

When we humble ourselves under your mighty hand, you will exalt us.
We may cast all our anxieties on you because you care for us.

We trust that after many kinds of suffering,
you, the God of grace who called us to eternal glory in Christ,
will support, restore, strengthen and establish us.

May we stand fast in the grace of God, the rock which will be firm forever.

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James

James 1

Father of lights,
for your own purpose you gave us birth by the word of truth.
You want us to become the first fruit of your creatures.

By your word we are becoming transformed to become doers of your word.
Every square inch of life is to be molded by your grace and truth,
otherwise we are merely Christians in name, and  we deceive our hearts, and our religion is worthless.

Bless us with the ability to joyfully endure temptation.
Generously give us your wisdom.
Forgive us when we foolishly envy the rich.
May we learn to be quick to listen,
slow to speak,
slow to anger.
Help us to get rid of sordid behavior
and rank growth of wickedness.

Keep before us always the perfect law, the law of liberty
and may we always persevere in doing the of righteousness
so that we do not lose our way in this world
which denies you and opposes your people.

JAMES 2

Great King and Master of the Universe,
from you we have the highest law, the royal law,
to love our neighbors as ourselves.

We know we do well if we fulfill this law,
but we confess that it is easier said than done.

We easily and often show favoritism to the rich and famous
at the expense of the poor and needy.
In your sight, showing such partiality is sin.
And when we commit one sin, we break the entire royal law.

We confess that we are at times Christian in name only.
We say we believe, but we do not have the life of works that should flow from faith.

Activate in us the grace that was in Abraham
whose faith was reckoned to him as righteousness,
and hence he was called a friend of God.

Great King and Master of the universe,
we also long to be counted as your friends.

JAMES 3

God above,
through your servant James we are admonished to see
that living the Christian life is a very serious matter!

We confess that our tongues can often be restless, destructive fires.
Our words can be poisonous, causing wounds from which others scarcely recover.
Words can hurt and destroy relationships.
Our tongues are not easily controlled.

Our God and Father,
give us the indispensable gift of wisdom and understanding,
so that our good life leads to gentleness in dealing with one another.

Thank you for the fruitful wisdom you give us,
for your wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle,
willing to yield to others;
wisdom if full of mercy and good fruits,
with not a hint or partiality or hypocrisy.

Make it clear to us, we pray, that a harvest of righteousness
is sown in peace for those who make peace.

JAMES 4

Covenant-keeping God,
you desire with earnest longing to have fellowship with us,
but all manner of sin obstructs this rich fellowship between you and us, your people.

We are torn within by contradictory cravings.
Often we are at enmity with you, because of our friendship with the world.
But thankfully your grace abounds to the penitent.

Therefore, God of the covenant promises,
we submit ourselves to you.
We will resist the devil, so he will flee from us.
We will cleanse our hands and purify our hearts
so our hearts will be united in willing only one thing.

Covenant God, our confidence is that when humble ourselves before you, you will exalt us.

Thank You, God, for you give grace to the humble.

JAMES 5

Lord of hosts,

you are a just judge,
and therefore all sinners, especially those who hurt others,
will end up weeping and wailing because of the miseries that are coming to them.

You, Lord, are coming again.
Teach us how to live in the meanwhile, in this present evil age,
waiting patiently, and treating one another graciously,
forgiving each other,
supporting one another,
praying for each other,
speaking the truth to one another,
singing songs of praise.

When anyone is sick, the elders and all your people will pray,
trusting in the power of prayerful faith.

And God, help us especially to approach the straying with words of correction and discipline so that there will be joy in heaven because of the salvation of even one person, and greater joy because of the salvation of throngs of believers, more believers than the sand on the beaches.

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