2:22–Bed of suffering

This concludes the series of prayers based on biblical citations 2:22.

Revelation 2:20-22 (NLT)
“But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols. I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to turn away from her immorality.

“Therefore, I will throw her on a bed of suffering, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds.

O Father,
There is so much sexual promiscuity in the Mississippi Delta. I suspect we have been on the “bed of suffering” for some time. Help us to throw off this false teaching, like Bartimaeus throwing off his beggar’s cloak. Help us to see. Amen.

2:22–Christ

1 John 2:22 (NLT)
And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist.

Our Father in heaven,
On this day of the the head of the year in the Hebrew calendar, we declare in the Mississippi Delta, Jesus is the Christ.
Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.
Christ is the head over every ruler and authority, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, in every dimension, seen and unseen. Jesus Christ is Lord. Amen.
Colossians 1:18, 2:10

2:22–Righteousness

2 Peter 2:21-22 (NLT)
It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”

O Father,
Help the Christians of the Mississippi Delta to stand in righteousness, not lawlessness. Release Your spirit of compunction, that we may confess our sins and turn from our wicked ways. Amen.

2:22–Called to do good

1 Peter 2:21-22 (NLT)
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

He never sinned,
nor ever deceived anyone.

Dear Father,
What a high standard to which we are called. Only with Your help can we bring honor to the name of Your Son Christ Jesus. Amen.

2:22–Companionship

2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT)
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

Our Father in heaven,
We loose Your holy angels to bring the children and youth of the Mississippi Delta into godly companionship. Amen.

2:22–Like a son

Philippians 2:22 (NLT)
But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News.

Our Father in heaven,
We are a people of absentee biological fathers. Have mercy and forgive us, we pray.
Bring spiritual sons alongside the spiritual fathers who live in the Mississippi Delta. Heal our fatherlessness in Christ. May the spiritual sons learn the role of fatherhood.
Restore to the Delta a sense of honor and responsibility attached to the position of father. May biologic fathers become spiritual fathers. May biologic fathers honor and protect the biologic mothers and their children. May the covenant of marriage be restored. Amen.