South Carolina litigation

July 9, 2014

This post is sticky. You can find all the latest prayers for the Diocese of SC here.

The Lorica, or, St. Patrick’s Breastplate, adapted. This prayer can be easily adapted for institutions, like dioceses or parishes, as well.
I just now noticed the phrase “the spiced tomb.” Remembering that the name Jericho means ‘place of fragrance,’ I’m realizing the ‘spiced tomb’ refers not only to the burial spices but also to the aroma of Christ.

Our Father in heaven,

The trial between the Episcopal Church in South Carolina and the Diocese of South Carolina is populated by Your children–opposing counsels, judge, court staff, visitors. We lift them up to You.

We bind unto Your children today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.

We bind this day to Your children forever,
by power of faith, Christ’s Incarnation;
his baptism in the Jordan river;
his death on cross for their salvation;
his bursting from the spiced tomb;
his riding up the heavenly way;
his coming at the day of doom:
We bind unto them today.

We bind unto Your children the power
of the great love of cherubim;
the sweet “Well done” in judgement hour;
the service of the seraphim;
confessors’ faith, apostles’ word,
the patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls;
all good deeds done unto the Lord,
and purity of virgin souls.
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Bp. Lawrence: A call to prayer for Diocese of South Carolina

July 6, 2014

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Bishop Mark Lawrence of the Diocese of South Carolina has issued a pastoral letter on the eve of the upcoming trial,, scheduled for July 7 – 18.  It includes an exhortation to pray.

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Prayers and Resources – Praying for Muslims during Ramadan

June 29, 2014

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 I’m so thankful that Jill has organized the prayer campaign for Mali during Ramadan!  Below are a few good resources for praying more broadly for Muslims and the Muslim world during Ramadan.   Please pray especially for those Christians who work among Muslims, that they will have many opportunities to share about Jesus’ love, grace and free gift of salvation during this month when Muslims are devoting themselves to fasting and trying to please God.

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Some prayer guidelines / ideas for Christians during Ramadan:

A great list of prayer topics.   Some Excerpts:

How Can We Pray During Ramadan?

Father, we pray that as they set their hearts to worship their god Allah, that You might make them to “know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). Help them see that Jesus is Your eternal Son through whom they can have eternal life.

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Mali–Islamists

July 25, 2014

From The Washington Post:

Mali’s Islamist insurgency was big news in early 2013, but after a French military intervention and successful election, it largely faded from view. . . . Earlier this month, France’s defense minister announced that the French military operation in Mali had “fulfilled its mission” and would be shifted into a anti-terrorism force for northwest Africa . . .

Psalm 83:13-16 (ESV)
O my God, make them like whirling dust,
like chaff before the wind.
As fire consumes the forest,
as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
so may you pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your hurricane!
Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek your name, O Lord.

Pursue the Islamist militants in Mali and northwest Africa with your tempest and terrify them with your storm. Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind. Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek Your name. Amen.


South Carolina litigation

July 25, 2014

Psalm 18:28 (ESV)
For it is you who light my lamp;
the Lord my God lightens my darkness.

Our Father in heaven,
We turn to You. Lighten the darkness in the courtroom where the trial between the Episcopal Church in South Carolina and the Diocese of South Carolina is taking place. Amen.


Praise report

July 25, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim freed by the Sudanese government!

1 Chronicles 16:8
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!

Previous prayers for Dr. Ibrahim and her family.


Israel–tunnels

July 25, 2014

The tunnels Hamas has built into networks along the border are complex; years have gone into their construction. Their discovery and destruction is a very dangerous and time-consuming operation. Until now, Israel has attempted to target and destroy them from the air. But many are more than 60 feet deep, reinforced with concrete and steel, extending over a mile in length, and with tributaries going out from them towards the Israeli border. Moreover, they often have been purposely situated to originate in crowded civilian areas, such as beneath apartment buildings, schools, malls. When discovered, they require the use of robots, dogs, and last of all human soldiers being lowered into them. To be completely dismantled, they then require heavy drilling equipment being brought into the tunnel and hundreds of pounds of explosives implanted in its walls-this often places the workers in continual vulnerability to attack (“The treacherous task of tunnel demolition”: The Times of Israel, 19/04/2014: 9:41pm)

Psalm 139:5-8 (ESV)
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for the promise of Your presence. Hem in the Israeli Defense Force soldiers, behind and before, as they seek, discover, and destroy the tunnels. Lay Your hand upon them. Amen.


South Carolina litigation

July 24, 2014

1 Chronicles 14:13-16 (ESV)
And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley. And when David again inquired of God, God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; go around and come against them opposite the balsam trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” And David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer.

Father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
Blessed art thou, O Lord, God of our fathers, and to be praised and highly exalted for ever; And blessed is thy glorious, holy name and to be highly praised and highly exalted for ever.
When the Philistines came against David, You guided him by the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees.
When the three young men were thrown into the fiery furnace, the angel of the Lord came down into the furnace to be with them, and drove the fiery flame out of the furnace, and made the midst of the furnace like a moist whistling wind, so that the fire did not touch them at all or hurt or trouble them.
Send the wind of Your Holy Spirit into the courtroom today in the trial between the Episcopal Church in South Carolina and the Diocese of South Carolina. Amen.
The Prayer of Azaraiah


Mali–Sahara Desert

July 24, 2014

The northern portion of Mali is in the arid Sahara Desert.

Psalm 107:33-42 (AMP)
33 He turns rivers into a wilderness, water springs into a thirsty ground,

34 A fruitful land into a barren, salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it.

35 He turns a wilderness into a pool of water and a dry ground into water springs;

36 And there He makes the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation,

37 And sow fields, and plant vineyards which yield fruits of increase.

38 He blesses them also, so that they are multiplied greatly, and allows not their cattle to decrease.

39 When they are diminished and bowed down through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,

40 He pours contempt upon princes and causes them to wander in waste places where there is no road.

41 Yet He raises the poor and needy from affliction and makes their families like a flock.

42 The upright shall see it and be glad, but all iniquity shall shut its mouth.

O give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. His steadfast loves endures in the Sahara Desert in Mali.
Father, we see through a glass darkly and do not fully comprehend what spiritual realities led to the desertification of this region. Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, so the causeless curse does not alight. Pour out a spirit of confession and repentance upon this people so that the curse upon this region will be without cause.
O give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. His steadfast loves endures in the Sahara Desert in Mali.
You shall reign forever in the Sahara Desert in Mali. Pour contempt upon the demonic princes that control this desert. Make them wander in trackless wastes.
Turn the wilderness into a pool of water and dry ground into water springs. Raise up the poor and needy from affliction and make their families like a flock.
O give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. His steadfast loves endures in the Sahara Desert in Mali.
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain. May they build houses and keep cities through You, Lord God. Amen.
Proverbs 26:2, Psalm 127:1


Israel–tunnels

July 24, 2014

Daniel 2:21b-22 (ESV)
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
he reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him.

Our Heavenly Father,
You reveal the deep and hidden things. You know what is in the darkness.
We humbly beseech You to guide the Israeli Defense Forces to the discovery of all tunnels meant for harm and to guard the soldiers as they demolish the tunnels.
It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. Graciously grant to Israel the revelations, wisdom, and understanding necessary to discover and destroy these tunnels more readily. Amen.
Proverbs 25:2


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