Luke 12:13-31

October 31, 2008

Then one from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” (Luke 12:13-14)
      Jesus, we hold up those dioceses and parishes that are splitting and there is disagreement over how to divide up the in heritance from prior generations. Help them to look beyond questions of property and ownership to your purposes.

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15)
      Jesus, please get our nation and culture back on track: we have made the pursuit of things the goal of life rather than pursuing your kingdom purposes.

Then he spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”‘” (Luke 12:16-19)
      Father, we have stored up surpluses of food and things in this nation and much of the world goes to bed hungry. Have mercy on us and bring us to repentance.

“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:20-21)
      Holy Spirit, please use this time of financial crisis to turn our attention back to your purposes for us.

Then he said to his disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.” (Luke 12:22-23)
      Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to trust in you and do good; to dwell in the land and feed on your faithfulness. (From Psalm 37:3)

“Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?” (Luke 12:24-26)
      Holy Spirit, please help us lay aside fretting because others have prospered and we have not; help us to lay aside envy and cease from anger — it only causes harm. (From Psalm 37:1,7-8 )

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Luke 12:27)

“If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Luke 12:28-31)
      Jesus, help us throughout this diocese seek after your kingdom purposes.

A word received: Place your hope in me and not in changing circumstances. Turn to me day by day for the help that only I can give. Keep your hearts fixed on me.

Friday: 51; Ecclesiasticus 34:1-8,18-22 or Nehemiah 2:1-20; Revelation 13:1-10; Luke 12:13-31
Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Ecclesiasticus 35:1-17 or Nehemiah 4:1-23; Revelation 13:11-18; Luke 12:32-48

Albany Intercessor

Northwest Texas

October 31, 2008

Their diocesan convention is this weekend.

Dear Lord,
You watch over those who love You. You are their strong protection and firm support. You shelter those who fear You from the heat and shade them from the noonday sun. You keep them from stumbling and falling. Anoint this convention with with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. Grant them endurance and faith, we pray. Amen.
Ecclesiasticus 34:13-17, Revelation 13:10

40 days for life

October 31, 2008

‘Holy’ is the only word in the Bible that is repeated three times, found in Isaiah and Revelation.

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.
Psalm 40:16 KJV

O Lord,
You are a holy God and worthy to be praised. Stir in Your children who reside in the United States of America a spirit of praise today. Bring to their awareness forgotten hymns. Let new hymns be written. May there be a sound of song magnifying Your holy name over the entire nation, a sound that fills the air, a life-giving sound.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord. Amen.

Psalm 60:1-3

October 30, 2008

O God, you have cast us off; you have broken us down; you have been displeased; oh, restore us again! (Psalm 60:1)
      Jesus, in your mercy restore the Episcopal Church.

You have made the earth tremble; you have broken it; heal its breaches, for it is shaking. (Psalm 60:2)
      Father, we tremble before you as we consider your righteousness. Help us return to you so that you may heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

You have shown your people hard things; you have made us drink the wine of confusion. (Psalm 60:3)
      Holy Father, these are hard times and there is confusion everywhere; we do not know what we should but our eyes are fixed on you. (2 Chronicles 20:12) Guide this nation as we prepare to vote.

Thursday: [59,60] or 33; Ecclesiasticus 31:12-18,25-32:2 or Nehemiah 1:1-11; Revelation 12:7-17; Luke 11:53-12:12
Friday: 51; Ecclesiasticus 34:1-8,18-22 or Nehemiah 2:1-20; Revelation 13:1-10; Luke 12:13-31

Albany Intercessor


October 30, 2008

Pennsylvania was established by William Penn as a refuge for Quakers and persons of other faiths.
O Lord, we pray that the voters of Pennsylvania will fly to You for refuge. Prepare their hearts for Your good work and lead them in paths of righteousness, we pray. Amen.

40 days for life

October 30, 2008

Lying between Lake Erie and the Ohio River, Ohio became a bridge between the East and the West as the National Road and the first railroads crossed the state. Because of its role in our nation’s history, Ohio is sometimes called The Gateway State.

Then there was war in heaven. Michael and the angels under his command fought the dragon and his angels. Revelation 12:7 NLT

Dear Heavenly Father,
Satan has come into this world to kill, to steal, and to destroy. He is the Father of lies. Commission Michael and the angels under his command to the United States of America during this election. Open a Gateway over Ohio for Your holy angels. May they counteract the forces of death, theft, and destruction. May the lies be revealed. Guard and protect those saints who are his targets. We humbly ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Psalm 49 and 2 Chronicles 20

October 29, 2008

Why should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity at my heels surrounds me? (Psalm 49:5)
      Jesus, I make the choice to trust you.

Those who trust in their wealth and boast in the multitude of their riches, (Psalm 49:6)
      Father I choose to boast in the riches you have given me in the cross and resurrection of your son Jesus.

None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him– (Psalm 49:7)
      Jesus, you are the one who has paid the ransom to redeem me from my sins; thank you.

For the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever– (Psalm 49:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please keep reminding me of the cost of my sins that Jesus paid for me.

That he should continue to live eternally, and not see the Pit. (Psalm 49:9)
      Father, thank you that I can live in the hope of the resurrection.

Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house is increased; (Psalm 49:16)
      Father, we have seen crazy increases and decreases of wealth in our day — help us keep our eyes on you in all circumstances.

For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him. (Psalm 49:17)
      Holy Spirit, please help us cling to the one enduring treasure — life with Jesus.

Though while he lives he blesses himself (for men will praise you when you do well for yourself), (Psalm 49:18 )
      Jesus, have mercy on this nation, for we have made an idol of wealth.

He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. (Psalm 49:19)
      Lord Jesus, please bring the leaders of business and industry to their senses and give them a true perspective on their responsibilities.

A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, is like the beasts that perish. (Psalm 49:20)
      Lord, give those with great honor and wealth in this land understanding of your kingdom and your purposes. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me, draw near to me, my people. I love you with an everlasting love; yet you turn away from me. You spurn my love; you seek the praise of your companions. All such praise will vanish away. Come to me. Let me be your guide once again.

Wednesday: 49,[53]; Ecclesiasticus 28:14-26 or Ezra 6:1-22; Revelation 12:1-6; Luke 11:37-52
Thursday: [59,60] or 33; Ecclesiasticus 31:12-18,25-32:2 or Nehemiah 1:1-11; Revelation 12:7-17; Luke 11:53-12:12

Words Received for a Sunday School lesson in December.

“And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” (2 Chronicles 20:3) A word received: Look at Jehoshaphat’s choises in the face of his fear: he set himself to seek me and he proclaimed a fast.

“So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.” (2 Chronicles 20:4) A word received: See the difference a godly ruler makes: he sought me and he led his people in seeking me.

“Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, and said: ‘O LORD God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven, and do you not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand you?'” (2 Chronicles 20:5-6) A word received: I want my people to have the same clarity about who I AM that Jehoshaphat had.

“‘If disaster comes upon us–sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine–we will stand before this temple and in your presence (for your name is in this temple), and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.'” (2 Chronicles 20:9) A word received: “You will hear and save.” Jehoshaphat looks at me instead of his fear and he is confident of what I can do.

“‘O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.'” (2 Chronicles 20:12) A word received: Jehoshaphat has placed the problem squarely in my hands; he is trusting me and not the circumstances. That is where I want your attention to be as well: on me.

Albany Intercessor

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