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September 28, 2014

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Ebola prayer collection–EXPANDED

September 5, 2014

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October 25, 2014

Tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank

Psalm 93  (NLT)

1 The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty.
Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.
The world stands firm
and cannot be shaken.
2 Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial.
You yourself are from the everlasting past.
3 The floods have risen up, O Lord.
The floods have roared like thunder;
the floods have lifted their pounding waves.
4 But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,
mightier than the breakers on the shore—
the Lord above is mightier than these!
5 Your royal laws cannot be changed.
Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever.

Lord God Almighty,

Robed in majesty, seated in heaven, You have reigned from time immemorial. You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.

Jerusalem is a well-built city.  There is a seamlessness between the supernatural and the natural realms that we do not fully comprehend.  All the tribes of Israel—the Lord’s people—make their pilgrimage here.  They come to give thanks to the name of the Lord, as the law requires of Israel.  Here stand the thrones where judgment is given, the thrones of the dynasty of David.

You will be to Jerusalem a wall of fire all around and the glory in her midst. Your royal laws cannot be changed.  Peace within Jerusalem’s walls and prosperity in her palaces!

Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.  Amen.

Revelation 4:11, 5:13, Psalm 122, Zechariah 2:3-5

Ebola prayer–Jeremiah 43:7

October 25, 2014

Jeremiah 43:7 (NLT)

The people refused to obey the voice of the Lord and went to Egypt, going as far as the city of Tahpanhes.

Tahpanhes or Tahapanes or Tehaphnehes = “thou will fill hands with pity”

Dear Father,

Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have certainly had their hands filled with pity.   We are mere mortals and do not understand these mysteries.  If this epidemic is somehow connected to disobedience to the word of God, then reveal to the prophets of the land what You would have them do and grant them the courage and the means to fulfill Your call.

Have mercy, Lord, for we see through a glass darkly.  Have mercy on Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Mali.  Amen.

Luke 10:38-42

October 24, 2014

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. (Luke 10:38 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us welcome Jesus into our home as Martha did.

      Jesus, you are welcome here.

And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard his word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” (Luke 10:39-40)
      Jesus, help me listen to you as Mary did. Help me put aside all distractions so that I may hear you.

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)
      Father, please help me make the better choice that Mary made. Thank you.

WORD: Come to me — let me be your guide today.
WORD: Do not be afraid of the wicked; for I see them.
WORD: Pray for my word to lodge in your heart.
Luke 10:2 WORD: Pray for laborers to go forth into my harvest fields.
WORD: Pray for the teachers to be taught by me.
Matthew 22:37-40 WORD: Let loving me and loving your neighbor become the priorities of your life.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 31 * 35; Ecclus. 11:2-20 or Ezra 3:1-13: Rev. 9:13-21: Luke 10:38-42
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Ecclus. 15:9-20 or Ezra 4:7,11-24: Rev. 10:1-11: Luke 11:1-13

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:05 – 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates anointed with Holy Water
B–indicates received a Bible

Ted (volunteer) — We prayed for his granddaughter Camille (she has been suffering from Lyme’s disease for a year and a half). She is getting all her mercury fillings coated. This week Ted was able to help a resident of the Mission move his hospital equipment to his room in the mission.

199 Stephen (young man) — He came over and prayed for Torre. He said Torre prayed for so many others; Torre needed someone to pray for him. He said he could tell Torre was burdened. Stephen was converted while in state prison and was baptized there December 24th, 2012. He reads the Bible daily and prays. He took a “199” to pass on to someone else.

199 (man at the table next to us) — He asked for a copy of the “199”.

Leroy (regular) — We prayed that he would get his own apartment; he is currently living with his son. We prayed for stability in his finances. He is walking better though still using a cane.

Torre, Jean, and Chuck — We prayed for the upcoming women’s conference at Christ Church Schenectady.

+ 199 B Levi (young man, 30) — Levi came to us just as we were packing up to go. He asked how he could honor his mother when she was a drug addict. His father is dead and Levi had spent years in foster care. He wants to be a good father to his children but he is burdened by the past. We led him to give his burdens and sins to Jesus and once again accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He asked for forgiveness of his sins and slowly accepted God’s forgiveness. We showed him that when he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior that God the Father adopted him as his child (Romans 8:15) — that he was no longer a foster child (his previous self-identity), and that he now had a permanent father who loved him and would always be there for him. This brought him to tears. We gave him a Bible with “I am not a foster child. Rom 8:15″ written on the front cover.

***** Christ the King ECUMENICAL HEALING SERVICE, Tuesday, OCT 28, at 10:00 a.m. St. Michael’s and All Angels Chapel (formerly the Main Chapel)
      10/28 Deacon Mark Chesnut — Mark is currently a transitional deacon, due to be ordained to the priesthood December 14, 2014. He is serving as Deacon at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnstown, New York. He also operates a real estate appraisal business in Albany and lives with his wife, Darlene, in Niskayuna. The topic of Mark’s homily emerges from Mark 5:1-20: the demon possessed man.
      The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture, Teaching; opportunity for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer ministry, and Reconciliation. Buffet lunch ($10.65 inc. tax) can be purchased at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30. All are welcome.
      Christ the King Spiritual Life Center is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, located at 575 Burton Road, Greenwich, N.Y. 12834 (518 )-692-9550

***** St. John’s Johnstown NY prayer table, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Our prayer table was held outside this morning from 9:00-10:00. Doris and Pam prayed for

Laura she asked for prayers with her direction in life. She left feeling confident wearing one of our wooden crosses.

Helen asked for prayers in guidance and reassurance. Her son Randy is in prison and this is his last appeal. She also has limited means of transportation. She left with a cross.

Bob stopped by while going to the bank. He asked for prayers to help him with his direction in life.He left with a cross.

It was a chilly morning and I Thank God his direction and guidance with our prayer table
Many blessings, Pam Miller, St.John’s Johnstown NY

***** St. Francis Mission Albany Prayer Table Report, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11:00 – 12:00 noon.
Fr. Steve Hart, Clearice Harris on Clinton Ave. Raining.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
P–indicates received a Prayer Card

+Richard (Prayer for finding a surgeon)

+Christine (For knees)

+Madisha (For an apartment. And that the rain would stop.) [It did!]

+Dresella (for strength)

+Douglas (for financial blessing, and for wife Linda’s health. Also for help dealing with grief)

+PMichael (for blessing)

+PBrian (for blessing and provision)

+P Hilton (for protection)

Gary (for healing of pain in his arm) “It’s better!!”

Albany Intercessor

14 Tweets with latest WHO data on Ebola in West Africa, and key prayer topics

October 22, 2014

I’ve been tweeting quite a bit tonight about the latest (October 22) report by WHO on Ebola in West Africa.

I thought it might be helpful to post all the tweets here in consecutive order:


Finally – an old Tweet of ours, but STILL IMPORTANT!!

Diocese of South Carolina

October 22, 2014

Awaiting the results of litigation–

Jeremiah 39:3 Amp
[When Jerusalem was taken] all the princes of the king of Babylon came in and sat in the Middle Gate: Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-nebo, Sarsechim [the Rabsaris] a chief of the eunuchs, and Nergal-sharezer [II, the Rabmag] a chief of the magicians, with all the rest of the officials of the king of Babylon.

Nergal-sharezer–“prince of fire”

This is the only place in Holy Scripture that the ‘Middle Gate’ is mentioned. The names of the Jerusalem gates in Nehemiah are the valley gate, the gates of the fountain, the sheep gate, the fish gate, the old gate, the dung gate, the water gate, the horse gate, the east gate, the gate of Miphkad, the gate of Ephraim, and the prison gate.

O Father,
We pray that violence shall no more be heard in the Diocese of South Carolina, nor destruction within its borders. Help them to build walls of salvation and gates of praise.
Guard them from compromising Your Truth. No Middle Gate, Lord! Protect the Diocese of South Carolina from the “prince of fire.” Amen.
Isaiah 60:18

Ebola prayer–Flint and fire

October 22, 2014

Creator God,
You divided the waters above the firmament from the waters under the firmament. You defined the boundaries of land and water. You divided light from darkness.
You have given an instructed tongue to Your apostles, prophets, evangelists, counselors, and intercessors.  Open the ears of the intercessors. Waken them morning by morning to listen like one being taught. Guard them in righteousness.
As they set their faces like flint against Ebola hemorrhagic fever, do not put them to shame. You are the divine spark, and they are the flint. Ignite Your passion within their hearts to battle this plague.
Your intercessors wait for You. You are a God of justice. Rise, be gracious, and show them compassion. We call out for help against this disease.
Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have eaten the bread of adversity and drunk the water of affliction.  Your tongue, O God, is a consuming fire. Reduce to ashes the idols, curses, and lies that bind Your children in west Africa. Dismantle this virus and rescue them.  Amen.
Isaiah 30:18-27, 50:2-7

World Vision: Prayer points for EBOLA

October 22, 2014

Suggested prayer points

Pray for those suffering from Ebola and for their family and friends.

There is no known cure for Ebola, but people who are diagnosed and seek skilled medical treatment early have a chance to recover.

Dear Lord, You healed bodies, minds, and spirits during your ministry. We ask Your healing power to be manifest to the girls and boys, women and men whose lives are threatened by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. May they receive the treatment they need for their bodies to fight the infection. May they know the comfort and assurance of Your presence. May those who grieve the loss of loved ones find their hope in You.

Pray for people living in fear of Ebola.

Ignorance and fear lead people to avoid medical facilities, increasing the risk of spreading the disease through contact.

Heavenly Father, bring hope and clarity of mind to those who might not seek treatment for themselves or their loved ones because of fear.

You, whose “prefect love drives out fear … ” (1 John 4:18), embrace Your children whose lives are threatened by Ebola. May they heed Your message from Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Pray for all who work to care for the sick and cure Ebola.

Medical staff, family caretakers, nongovernmental organizations, and public health researchers around the world strive to contain the outbreak and save lives. World Vision staff in West Africa are working with government and community authorities, including religious leaders, to spread accurate information about Ebola and what to do about it.

In Your mercy, Lord, inspire and enable all those who labor to end the spread of Ebola. May their actions bear fruit in healthy lives and communities. We ask for your wisdom to fall on those who seek a cure for the disease. Protect caregivers from contracting the virus themselves.

From here.


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