Matthew 21:1-9

November 23, 2008

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” (Matthew 21:1-3)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize those whom Jesus sends to us to lay claim on our resources and respond by freely giving them whatever Jesus needs.

All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.'” (Matthew 21:4-5)
      Father, help us recognize when you are fulfilling your word to us.

So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. (Matthew 21:6-8 )
      Jesus, help us do as these disciples and the multitudes did: they prepared the way for you to come into their city and their lives.

Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9)
      Jesus, please help us welcome you with praise and thanksgiving into our lives. Thank you for all that you have done for us. We praise you; we praise your holy name. Thank you for letting us bear your cross and your name.

And when he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:10-11)
      Holy Spirit, help us be ready to say who Jesus is when we are asked.

      Jesus, you are the Christ, the son of the living God.

A word received: I have taught you to hope in me. I have given you a testimony of hope. I want all my people to hope in me.

Sunday: 145; Zechariah 9:9-16; 1 Pet. 3:13-22; Matthew 21:1-13
Monday: 106:19-48; Zechariah 10:1-12; Gal. 6:1-10; Luke 18:15-30

Albany Intercessor

Luke 18:9-14

November 23, 2008

Also he spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (Luke 18:9)
      Holy Spirit, please bring all of us in the Episcopal Church to repentance for despising those who disagree with us and for trusting in our own righteousness.

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.” (Luke 18:10)
      Jesus, please help us to see beyond labels to the real people you bring to your temple.

“The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men–extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.'” (Luke 18:11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize where we have sinned and come to our father in heaven in humility.

“‘I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.'” (Luke 18:12)
      Jesus, none of these count with you if they are done in pride and without love.

“And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!'” (Luke 18:13)
      Father, be merciful to me a sinner!

“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)

      A General Confession.

       ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those. O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

A word received: I AM with you. I want my people to know that. I want them to hear me when I speak to them. I want them to heed my word and my directions for them.

Saturday: 33; Malachi 3:13-4:6; James 5:13-20; Luke 18:9-14
Sunday: 145; Zechariah 9:9-16; 1 Pet. 3:13-22; Matthew 21:1-13

Albany Intercessor

Prayer table report

November 23, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Torre Bissell. It was cold and windy.

+ indicates received a wooden crosses. (Note: the wooden crosses we give out are made by Dennis Adams in North Carolina.)

+Shaniqua — young woman with a baby in a carriage — prayed for protection and provision for her and her family and friends.

+Josh and +Katie — Josh twice said, “I need prayer.” and Katie said, “I’ll pray for you too.” I prayed for protection and provision for them.

[People in two passing cars waved to me and a passing man who didn’t want prayer said, “God be with you.”]

James — an elder in the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St. — I prayed for him ministry and that he witness would be anointed by the Holy Spirit.

+Danny — a joyful man — “To have a good Thanksgiving.”

+Christy — young woman who got off the bus and walked directly up to the prayer table — “That I will stay clean; that I will stay in the process.”

+Sandy — woman — “I guess I better pray for finances.”

Desdemona and +Ursula — women going the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St.

Eric — man going to the Seventh Day Adventist Church — prayed for his family and for his son Eric, Jr.

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