Prayer from 2 Corinthians

Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, comfort us in all our troubles. Give us patience to endure what distresses us. Grant that we may comfort others with the comfort we have received from you. Firm up our hope in you. Lead us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession. May we spread the knowledge of Jesus everywhere and be to the perishing the pleasing aroma of life and salvation. Make us equal to this task. Bless us abundantly. Supply what we need in all things at all times so that we may abound in every good work. Fill us with the seed of your Word, and enlarge our harvest of righteousness. Enrich us so that we may be generous to all, bringing thanksgiving to you. Enable us to serve your people so that others will also express their thanks. Grant that our confession of your Son’s gospel be confirmed by our obedience in sharing with those in need. Thank you for the indescribable gift of your surpassing grace. Keep us from doing wrong; strengthen us to stand the tests of our lives. Restore us to you and to each other when we fail. Grant us grace to be of one mind, encouraging one another. Let your love and peace be always with us. May the grace of your Son Jesus Christ and the fellowship of your Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

From 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; 2:14-16; 9:8-15; 13:8-14

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