Mordecai’s dream

November 1, 2008

An excerpt of Mordecai’s dream, found in Esther (Greek) 1.

During the second year of Xerxes’ reign, on the first day of the month of Nison, Mordecai had a dream. He dreamed that there was great noise and confusion, loud thunder, and an earthquake, with terrible turmoil on the earth. Then two huge dragons appeared, ready to fight each other. They made a dreadful noise, and all the nations got ready to make war against God’s nation of righteous people. For the world it was a day of darkness and gloom, trouble and distress, destruction and ruin. All of God’s righteous people were troubled, in great fear of what was about to happen to them. They prepared for death, but they cried out to God for help. In the dream their prayer was answered by a great river which came flowing out of a small spring.

Luke 12:32-36

November 1, 2008

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
      Dear Father, thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit and for setting us free from fear. Guide our voting on Tuesday that it will not be done out of fear, but out of trust in you and your provision for us.

Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. (Luke 12:33)
      Jesus, please help us find the freedom to give generously and consistently to those in need (we pray especially for those at the bottom of the food chain). We have seen moths and thieves attack our savings; help us keep our eyes on you where true treasure and joy are to be found.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:34)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make Jesus our true treasure.

“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.” (Luke 12:35-36)
      A word received: “Come to me;” call my people back to me. I AM pleading with my people: return to me. Listen, my people, I AM speaking to you.

      Jesus, help us be about your kingdom work.

Pray for those being confirmed at All Saints Cathedral in Albany today:
      Defend, O Lord, your servants with your heavenly grace, that they may continue yours for ever, and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, until they come to your everlasting kingdom. Amen.

Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Ecclesiasticus 35:1-17 or Nehemiah 4:1-23; Revelation 13:11-18; Luke 12:32-48
Sunday: 8, 84; Ecclesiasticus 36:1-17; or Neh. 5:1-19 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13; Matthew 18:21-35

Albany Intercessor

A prayer of petition

November 1, 2008

Adapted from a prayer in the Apocrypha.

Our Lord and King,
Only You are God. We have no one to turn to but You. Help us. Many unborn lives are at stake.
You keep Your promises to Your people. You have taught us that righteousness exalts a nation. But we have sinned against You. We have worshipped idols and are a nation under judgment. We deserve Your punishment.
Our enemies wish to do away with Your holy laws, to remove the glory of Your holy name from this nation, and to stifle the people who praise You. They want the whole world to honor false gods and stand in awe of worldly power. They seek the praise of men rather than the praise of You.
Lord, these false gods are nothing; do not surrender Your power to them or give our enemies the chance to laugh at our downfall. Instead, turn their evil plans against them.
Remember us, O Lord. Come to us in this time of trouble. Give us courage, King of all gods and Ruler over all earthly powers. Give Your people the right words to say when they face ungodly leaders; change hearts.
Come to our rescue, O Lord. You are our joy. Almighty God, listen to the prayer of Your people. Rescue us from evildoers and take away our fears. Amen.
Esther (Greek) 4:12-30

40 days for life

November 1, 2008

Ecclesiasticus 35:17
The prayer of a humble person goes past the clouds and keeps on going until it reaches the Lord Most High where it stays until he answers by seeing that justice is done and that the guilty are punished.

2 Chronicles 16:9a
The Lord keeps close watch over the whole world, to give strength to those whose hearts are loyal to him.

Psalm 103:11
As high as the sky is above the earth, so great is his love for those who honor him.
Ohio is known as The Mother of Presidents because eight presidents came from Ohio: William Henry Harrison, U. S. Grant, Rutherfor Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren Harding.

Dear Lord,
Your power and majesty are beyond measure. Yet You are attentive to Your children on earth. Wonderful is Your name.
We beseech You, dear Lord, to raise up intercessors, humble and loyal and in awe of You. Raise up an army of intercessors to pray for the upcoming elections and votes in the United States of America. Ohio is a battleground, dear Lord. Blanket Ohio with pleas for mercy; cover her with the Blood of the Lamb.
We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, the communion of all the saints. May they too pray for the election.
O Lord, may this nation keep its eyes fixed on Jesus. Amen.

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