Prayer Table Reports

February 28, 2009

(Sat., Feb. 28, 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady.)

First “shift:” Torre Bissell and Deacon Alan Hart, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

      Note: Very windy, bone-chilling cold morning around 20 degrees at the start; many people this morning passed by not wishing to receive prayer. Most of them were polite, others just ignored us. It was like “pulling teeth” to have people come to the Lord today, unfortunately. But … that’s the way of it sometimes.

a–indicates anointed with Holy Oil.
t–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.
c–indicates received a yellow church info card.

JAMES — A Prayer Table regular, James was on his way to his church’s Saturday morning service and stopped by to be prayed for and also to pray for us.

PAT (Frank Upshur’s daughter) — Pat, too, is a regular and a blessing to Torre and Alan. She asked for general prayer for her family, then asked for special prayer for KEITH, her nephew who just got a good job but has not been taking his medicine for high blood pressure. We prayed that he will remember to take this important medicine. Pat also said that Frank is “doing fine” after having a battle with kidney stones recently.

t-TREVON and JUSTIN — These two young brothers reluctantly came to the Table at our urging, and we prayed for them to be kept safe and to grow into the men who God intends them to be. TREVON, the oldest, accepted a cross readily but Justin declined the cross.

ISHAN — Torre was most happy to be reunited with this Muslim man, who stopped by a Prayer Table on Albany Street summer before last. At that time Torre and Ishan prayed for Ishan’s family. Ishan has been to Morocco recently to visit family. He thanked us for praying with him.

t,c– AYESSA — This man stopped for prayer and accepted our prayers for his well-bneing, safety and provision. He was curious about who we were and accepoted one of our yellow cards.

JIM — This man, whose lost his son Robert died last year, is a repeat visitor. He accepted prayers for safety and protection and he hugged Torre tightly throughout the prayer session. When we finished he said “God bless you two guys!” to us.

EBONY — This young lady on her way to her Saturday church service wanted to stop but was late for church and just declined to stop but said to prayer for her. We did.


(Sat., Feb. 28, 2009; 10:30 — 11:30am in front of Christ Church, Schenectady; Dianne Gambill and David Carlson)

+–indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

++ Tiffany and Jean – We prayed for protection, provision (spiritual, physical, emotional) and that they would know how much God loves them

Bobby – middle-aged gentleman walking by – he declined prayer at first but did stop to talk briefly – he asked what church we were with and said he also attends church – we prayed the Lord’s blessing and protection over his life

Lester – middle-aged man who has come to the prayer table many times, readily stopped for prayer when we called out to him – we had the sense that he was in pain and prayed for the Lord’s healing and that he would know God’s presence and His love

+ Ron and his 20-month-old daughter Isabella – They waited patiently in line while we prayed for Lester. Ron asked for the Lord’s provision. They are currently staying at a motel nearby and have secured an apartment but cannot get the power turned on because of a back electric bill that needs to be paid. We prayed that the Lord would provide for them and help them to get out of the motel and into their apartment.

Desdemona – asked prayer for her grandson Peter who is incarcerated – we prayed for a hedge of protection for him and that the Lord would set him free in every way. We prayed for peace “that passes understanding” for both Peter and Desdemona.

+ Sean – he has been recently released from prison and is having a hard time transitioning back to “normal” society — asked prayer to not be depressed – we asked the Lord to direct his steps, provide for him, set him free from any addictions, and give him joy in place of discouragement and depression.

Katie – asked prayer for a stomach condition – we prayed for God’s healing, provision, and peace

Joe – on his way to the bus stop, he said he had recently quit smoking and asked prayer for willpower to continue to stay away from cigarettes – we prayed for freedom from all addictions and anything that would come between him and God, as well as protection and joy in his life

Jemma – said she has already received prayer and a cross before at the table – asked prayer for healing of cancer and very high blood pressure – we cried out to the Lord on Jemma’s behalf for His healing touch

+ Andre – hurried by and said he didn’t have time for prayer as he was already an hour late for work – we started praying for him that he would not lose his job, and then noticed that he had turned around and was heading back to the prayer table – he said he decided that since he was already so late, why not take a few minutes to receive prayer – he asked that the Lord would make him ‘thankful’ today

Pam – asked us to pray for whatever we felt led to pray for – we asked the Lord to guide her steps and use her to bless others around her (family and friends)

Albany Intercessor

Deuteronomy 7:17-23

February 28, 2009

“If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’–you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt:” (Deuteronomy 7:17-18 )
      LORD, write your mighty deeds on our hearts and minds–help us remember them at all times and in all circumstances; don’t let us be distracted by the issues and problems that confront us in the church and in the nation. You are greater than all of these.

“the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs and the wonders, the mighty hand and the outstretched arm, by which the LORD your God brought you out. So shall the LORD your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.” (Deuteronomy 7:19)
      Holy Spirit, help the leaders and teachers and people of this diocese set their eyes upon you and your mighty works and lay fear aside.

“Moreover the LORD your God will send the hornet among them until those who are left, who hide themselves from you, are destroyed.” (Deuteronomy 7:20)
      Jesus, send forth your hornets on those who would harm this diocese and its people.

“You shall not be terrified of them; for the LORD your God, the great and awesome God, is among you.” (Deuteronomy 7:21)
      Father, thank you for coming among us.

“And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.” (Deuteronomy 7:22)
      Lord Jesus, your “little by little” has carried us all these years; thank you.

“But the LORD your God will deliver them over to you, and will inflict defeat upon them until they are destroyed.” (Deuteronomy 7:23)
      LORD, win the victory for us; do what we are unable to do ourselves. Help us to know when to turn to you for your help.

      A word received: Pray for my people to return to me — they have wandered off. Pray for my people to seek me with all their heart. Pray for my people to place their hope in me.

Saturday: 30, 32; Deuteronomy 7:17-26; Titus 3:1-15; John 1:43-51
Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98; Deuteronomy 8:1-10; 1 Corinthians 1:17-31; Mark 2:18-22

Albany Intercessor

Lent Prayers: EB Pusey – May we weary of all which is not His

February 28, 2009

What a fantastic classical Anglican prayer.  Many thanks to Nova Scotia Scott and Project Canterbury for making it available to our generation online.

God, give us grace, this coming Lent, so to lay to heart our ways, that we may weary of all which is not His, from Him, to Him: and may, through Him, the Living Way, by new love and obedience, attain to Him, Who, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, is the End of our being, the Fulness of bliss of all creation, “the Eternal Infinite Truth, the origin, fountain, measure, end, and cause of all created truth,” the ever-blessed, beatific Life; to which He, of His mercy, bring us sinners, to Whom be all glory and thanksgiving and adoration and praise, for ever and ever. Amen.

Source of prayer: Give Us Grace: An Anthology of Anglican Prayers, compiled by Christopher L. Webber. Anglican Book Centre, Toronto, 2004.

More on EB Pusey and his writings here.

Lent Quotes: Hesychios – Set your soul in quietness

February 28, 2009

From our archives: Originally posted April 2007

Lent Quotes: Hesychios
Filed under: Purification, Lent 2007, Lent Quotes, Lent — Rick H.

Snow can never emit flame.
Water can never issue fire.
A thorn bush can never produce a fig.
Just so, your heart can never be free from oppressive thoughts, words, and actions until it has purified itself internally.
Be eager to walk this path.
Watch your heart always.
Constantly say the prayer “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.”
Be humble.
Set your soul in quietness.

Lent around the blogosphere – 3

February 27, 2009

Not much time for either browsing the web or writing blog entries today, but just a couple of quick notable links:

George Herbert on Lent from the Ad Trinitatem blog, where there’s much more on Herbert, since today is his commemoration.


David Bennett at Per Christum blog: Lent is about Good News. Here’s an excerpt. But it’s a short post and you should definitely read it all. Good news indeed!

Some people may dread Lent, because of its emphasis on penance and sacrifice, but I think we must ask ourselves, “what is the purpose of our penance and sacrifice?” Transformation. Transformation of our entire being: body, soul, and spirit. However, Lent is not a “Christian self-help program,” a works-based program that will soon make it on Oprah. Through our observance of Lent, we become more like Christ, the same Christ who offers us his love and grace.


A commenter on one of our posts appealing for Anglican Lenten resources suggested this page on using the Names of God in meditation from the (Anglican) diocese of San Joaquin. It looks excellent and will probably merit a stand-alone blog post here soon. But for today, I’ll just link it.


Today’s lectionary includes one of my favorite Scripture passages Titus 2:1-15. James Gibson’s reflections on that passage at This Day in the Word are excellent and so appropriate for Lent:

“For the grace of God has appeared,” Paul writes. It is not in our own strength that we can turn away from the enticements of the world which are always beckoning us to indulge the flesh and glory in our fallenness. Grace is the gift of God which “[brings] salvation to all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age.”

Life under the New Covenant of grace is neither rigid legalism nor illicit libertinism. It is, rather, a life yielded to the Spirit of the living God, who alone is able, through the death and resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ, “to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

As glorious as the grace of God is, however, it is, in this present age, merely a foretaste of the “blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” This is the greater glory for which God’s people wait. But we do not wait for it passively. If we are, indeed, set apart by God as “a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works,” we will never grow weary in doing those good things which make manifest his presence even in the midst of a broken, fallen world longing for its full redemption. For this task, we will always find his grace sufficient.


That’s all I have time for today… Also, apologies that I haven’t yet put together a Lent sidebar. That will be my task for tomorrow or Sunday.

Lent Resource: 40 Days for Life

February 27, 2009

There’s been so much material to sort through and post the past few days (especially as I’ve been working to try to bring many of our archived posts back online), that I’ve forgotten to post something that is very important to all of us here at Lent & Beyond.

As part of Lent, many Christians are taking part in a 40 Days for Life campaign of prayer and fasting for sanctity of life issues.  Please consider including prayers for the protection of the unborn as part of your Lenten disciplines.  The daily blog entries for 4o Days for Life are here.

In the past (2008) we’ve had a special 40 Days for Life campaign here at L&B.  You can find all those posts here.

Lent Quotes: Pope Benedict XVI on Fasting

February 27, 2009

From Pope Benedict’s 2009 Lenten Message:

From what I have said thus far, it seems abundantly clear that fasting represents an important ascetical practice, a spiritual arm to do battle against every possible disordered attachment to ourselves. Freely chosen detachment from the pleasure of food and other material goods helps the disciple of Christ to control the appetites of nature, weakened by original sin, whose negative effects impact the entire human person. Quite opportunely, an ancient hymn of the Lenten liturgy exhorts: “Utamur ergo parcius, / verbis cibis et potibus, / somno, iocis et arctius / perstemus in custodia Let us use sparingly words, food and drink, sleep and amusements. May we be more alert in the custody of our senses.”

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