Ephesians 6:10-24

January 20, 2007

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. (Ephesians 6:10)

Jesus, please help us and our church leaders find our strength in you and the power of your Holy Spirit.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

Father, help us by your Spirit to be fully equipped and prepared to serve your son Jesus each day.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Holy Spirit, give us eyes and ears to recognize where the true enemies reside and to continue to love our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ even when we disagree with them.

THEREFORE take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13)

LORD, the times are evil, but you are greater than all the hosts of evil, help us this day to make the choice to clothe ourselves with your armor — all of it.

Stand therefore, (Ephesians 6:14a)

Holy Spirit, help us to stand at readiness.

having girded your loins with truth, (Ephesians 6:14b)

Jesus, you are the truth, please help us bring our emotions and sexuality under your control.

having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (Ephesians 6:14c)

Holy Father, guard our hearts with your righteousness that comes by faith.

and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (Ephesians 6:15)

Jesus, help us walk each day with the preparation of your gospel written on our hearts and with a willingness to share that gospel with any and all we meet.

above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Ephesians 6:16)

Father, help us to so trust Jesus and your word to us that we can withstand every fiery dart and temptation of the evil one as Jesus did.

And take the helmet of salvation, (Ephesians 6:17a)

Holy Spirit, guard our minds and thoughts with the hope of salvation.

and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Ephesians 6:17b)

Holy Spirit, let your word cut through every lie of the world, the flesh and the devil. Help us use Scripture daily as we fight against evil.

praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, (Ephesians 6:18a)

Father, give your faithful people a heart to pray — there is no place in heaven or earth that cannot be reached by earnest prayer.

being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints– (Ephesians 6:18b)

LORD, please work in our seeing and hearing so that we are watchful and stand guard by prayer for all the saints.

Jesus, we hold up the saints in the Sudan, in Virginia, in St. Andrews Vestal, NY, in St. Andrews Syracuse, NY, in the Middle East, everywhere your people are under attack and ask you to bless, guide and preserve them.

and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, (Ephesians 6:19)

Jesus, we hold up our bishops and the Primates of the Anglican Communion and every apostolic minister, that they will be given the words to speak. We pray for the meeting of Primates in Tanzania that it will be anointed with your word and Spirit. Help them make known the mystery of the gospel. Please give Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Schori ears to hear.

for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:20)

LORD, help every apostolic witness, bishops, clergy and lay, speak your word with boldness as we ought. Thank you.

But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; (Ephesians 6:21)

Holy Spirit, help us seek to know what is going on with our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts. (Ephesians 6:22)

Jesus, help us to receive every witness you send to us.

Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 6:23)

Father, let your peace and love with faith dwell richly in our hearts.

Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. (Ephesians 6:24)

Amen!

***** Keep praying for our for Lord’s covering. Pray for diocesan institutions, the dioceses and all clergy and staff. Pray for all lay leaders and ministers in the Diocese. Pray for the Lord to help us to hear, see and respond “at once” to whatever the Lord wants to do in our midst.

Pray for protection and guidance for the churches in Virginia that have left the Episcopal Church and those in Central NY where the Bishop and national church want to take their properties. Pray that no matter what happens the Lord will carry them through to His victory.

Pray for all Christians who are persecuted, some even unto death. Pray for the Lord to cover them and for us not to forget them.

Cry out to the Lord for His Church. Pray for the enemies of God’s people. “Bless our enemies by sending your Holy Spirit to lead them to repentance and conversion.” (Pr. by Francis McNutt.
Pray for protection for all the intercessors in our churches and for the whole church.

Albany Intercessor


Newark

January 20, 2007

Today the diocese of Newark has its annual convention. Below is the collect for Epiphany 3 from the 1662 BCP.

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Primates prayer day 13–Abp. Sentamu of York

January 20, 2007

Psalm 30:1-5
I will exalt you, O LORD,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
O LORD my God, I called to you for help
and you healed me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the grave ;
you spared me from going down into the pit.
Sing to the LORD, you saints of his;
praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may remain for a night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu was originally a judge in the High Court of Uganda. In 1974 when he refused to bow to pressure to deliver a ‘not guilty’ verdict to one of Idi Amin’s cousins, he was forced to go into exile to the United Kingdom. He read theology in Cambridge, and became Archbishop of York. His inauguration as the Archbishop of York included African singing and dancing and contemporary music, with the Archbishop himself playing African drums during the service. (BBC photos of the inauguration are here.)

Tuimbe Hosanna (a song in Ugandan language, Eastern Uganda)
Ha Ha Ha Hallelujah, Hallelujah!
Tuimbe Ho Ho Ho Ho Hosanna
Tuimbe Hosanna!

Dear Heavenly Father,
We pray that Your servant John will be a watchman for the Anglican Communion, seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness in Dar es Salaam. Anoint him to seek unity in Your truth and bless him with faith and love in equal measure. Amen.

Our Father in heaven,
Just as Jesus presented himself to be immersed in the waters of the Jordan River, we pray that William, Phillip, Michael, Mauricio, Bernard, Andrew, Bernard, Martin, Dirokpa, Rowan, Peter, Ian, Robert, Nathaniel, George, Benjamin, Francis, Ellison, Carlos, Samuel, Peter, Joel, Alexander, James, Ignacio, Emmanuel, Idris, John, Badda, Njongonkulu, Gregory, Joseph, Donald, Henry, Katharine, Barry, Justice, Drexel, and John will immerse themselves in Holy Scripture and holiness of life in the weeks leading to Dar es Salaam. Prepare their hearts, Lord. Prepare their hearts for the establishment of Your kingdom on earth. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


Pray for +Peter Lee

January 20, 2007

Dean Rick Lobs, the recently retired dean of the Cathedral of St. Luke in Orlando, FL (and friend of this blog) has a nice post encouraing us to pray for Bp. Peter Lee of Virginia.

I commend it to you! Here’s an excerpt:

I do not believe Bishop Lee entered the ordained ministry to take the faithful to court or threaten them with the same. I do not believe in his heart he enjoys calling good, bad. That is why I ask you to pray for Bishop Lee. He must hurt inside terribly. My heart aches for him and I hope yours does also.

Pray that the Lord of the Church will reveal Himself to the bishop in an unmistakable way and that he will see with the eyes of faith that these eleven churches are not “vacant” – nor are they inhabited with “dissidents.”

Pray that the Lord will be permitted to have more influence in his life than the Presiding Bishop.

Amen & Amen. I’m finding it hard to pray for +Lee today with any kind of charity, so this exhortation helps. Thanks Rick+

A P.S.: Central Florida has their diocesan convention next weekend. Perhaps after praying for Bp. Lee you might also want to offer up a prayer for Bp. John Howe and the Diocese of Central Florida at this time. (For those who might not know, before being elected as Bishop for Central Florida in 1989, John Howe was rector at Truro. So there are lots of ties between VA and CFL, and I imagine this news is rough for +Howe and others. For many years, Central Florida had a reputation for boring conventions, but all my friends in the diocese say that’s not likely to be true this year. They’ve got a lot of important business to face this year. More on that next week…


Prayer & Help needed for Burundi

January 20, 2007

Anglican appeal: Famine and floods in Burundi a national crisis

Source: Anglican Communion News Service
ACNS 4238 | BURUNDI | 19 JANUARY 2007

The Government of Burundi has declared the situation in the country a national disaster and called for national and international assistance to deal with the crisis.

After a period of poor rains in September when maize and beans are normally planted, the rains arrived but have been prolonged and heavy with severe thunder storms.

The rains have caused much damage throughout the country. Houses and other buildings, such as schools and churches, have been destroyed. Bridges and parts of roads have been damaged disrupting travel and communication. Crops have been washed away or destroyed by flooding. For example, in one small district alone it is estimated that over 1000 homes have been destroyed, and many acres of crops have been swept away by floodwaters.

There are reports of people having died and school children unable to go to school because of hunger. Incidents of diseases such as cholera along with severe cases of malnutrition and other related diseases are increasingly stretching hospitals and medical resources to their limits. The conditions particularly impact the most vulnerable such as orphans, widows, and those already suffering from HIV and AIDS. In some places it is said that food stocks have run out and the local population are depending on food being brought in from Rwanda and Tanzania. The World Food Programme which recently visited two northern provinces to assess the situation found that many people were already surviving on one meal a day.

Read it all at ACNS — including details of how to support a financial appeal

And please ramp up the prayer for Abp. Ntahoturi and the entire Province of Burundi!

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UPDATE: A second ACNS article providing new details of the most recent flooding is here.


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