And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, (Acts 1:15)
Holy Spirit, raise up bishops like Peter in our day who will truly lead your people.
“Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; (Acts 1:16)
Holy Spirit, as you spoke through Scripture to your assembled body then, speak through Scripture to the bishops at Lambeth and those bishops who could not go to Lambeth for conscience sake.
for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.” (Acts 1:17)
Jesus, there are numbered among the bishops those who betray you now as Judas did.
(Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) (Acts 1:18-19)
Jesus, we grieve for those bishops who are betraying you by their words and deeds — even now, draw them back from destruction.
“For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.'” (Acts 1:20)
Holy Spirit, as you did with the church then, do in our day and let other, faithful witnesses take up the office of those who have abandoned their office by their unfaithfulness.
“Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when he was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” (Acts 1:21-22)
Father, raise up bishops in our day who know the saving deeds you have worked among us through your son Jesus.
Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the LORD which he had done for Israel. (Joshua 24:31)
LORD, raise up in our day elders who know your works so that we do not go astray any longer.
A word received: Call my people back to me.
Thursday: 74; Judges 4:4-23; Acts 1:15-26; Matthew 27:55-66
Friday: 73; Judges 5:1-18; Acts 2:1-21; Matthew 28:1-10