Rick Warren: reminds us of the importance of prayer in our economic crisis

February 21, 2009

I found this article by Rick Warren to be an extremely important and helpful reminder of the spiritual dimension to our current economic crisis. Expounding on 2 Chron. 7:14, Warren cites the need for
— humble confession
–tenacious prayer
— intensely seeking God
— sincere repentance

Here’s how his article starts:

What will heal America?
by Rick Warren

God wants to heal his people today. He wants to start with the church. And pastor, he wants to start
with you and me.

Rick Warren

It’s widely understood that America is in its worst condition in our generation. Last year was the greatest year of job loss in America in 69 years. Yes, that’s 69 years! Politically, our government has been paralyzed by partisanship. Culturally, we’re becoming more and more secular. And internationally, our reputation has never been lower.

America needs healing.

We need healing in our economy. We need healing in our businesses. We need healing in our schools. We need healing in our marriages and our families. And, most of all, we need healing in our hearts.

But our wounds are not fatal. I’m very hopeful. My hope is not based upon some vague wish. It’s rooted in the Word of God. It’s rooted in the belief that even when life is tough, God is good and he has a plan and purpose for our lives and for our country.

So what will it take to heal our land?

Almost 3,000 years ago God made a promise to King Solomon that’s particularly appropriate for us to internalize today. It’s a promise that he has made to all of us – even 21st century America. God says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).

What is it that will heal America? We have to do the four things that God told Solomon and the nation of Israel to do. But never forget who God was speaking to in this passage. He was speaking to his people – the nation of Israel. God wants to heal his people today as well. He wants to start with the church. And pastor, he wants to start with you and me. As spiritual leaders, God has called us to model the four actions that will lead to national healing.

Read the whole article here.

Prayer Table Report

February 21, 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009; in front of Christ Church, Schenectady. Torre Bissell & Steve Evans

It was cold and windy,but … people came to His table anyway!

+–indicates received a cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

Linda — — middle-aged woman — asked for prayers for protection and provision

Steve — — middle-aged man — wanted prayers to start his own business, be his own boss. “If I don’t try, I’ll never know.” He estimated it would take him $30,000 to start his own business.

+Joanne — — young woman — wanted prayer for money to pay for her apartment and prayers for her son Joseph, for Denise who is diabetic and on dialysis, and Dontay and Shemta that they would get their lives in order and for their children.

Akquan — — young man — prayed for protection and provision

+Theresa — — young woman — When I asked what she wanted prayer for she said, “Me.”

+Donal — — middle-aged man — Wanted prayer for “serenity”.

+Billy — — young man age 26 — weeping, his son, Billy age 5, died last night. He has 3 other kids. He said, “All his mother [the boy’s mother] wanted to do was argue with me.”

Jim — — older man — prayed for him and for his son Robert.

Pat — — middle-aged woman — her son Keith finally realizes that he has to take his blood pressure medicine regularly. He is trying to get a job as a bus driver.

+Heather — — young woman — prayed for protection and provision

+Barbara — late middle-aged woman — “Resolution of difficult situation.

+Becky — — young woman — “Going to South Africa as an educational consultant next week” for travel mercies and blessing on her work.

Eric and his son Eric — going to the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St. — prayed for an anointed witness at church.

Desdemona — late middle-aged woman — going to Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St. — prayed she would enter into the Lord’s presence as she worshiped.

+Ron and his baby Isabella in a stroller — prayed for protection and provision

Albany Intercessor


February 21, 2009

He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; (Psalm 107:33)
      LORD, so much of your church has turned into dry ground; have mercy on us.

A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of those who dwell in it. (Psalm 107:34)
      Father, we have ceased to bring the harvest of fruit to you that you have a right to expect; have mercy on us.

He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings. (Psalm 107:35)
      Holy Spirit, come and quench our dryness with living water.

There he makes the hungry dwell, that they may establish a city for a dwelling place, (Psalm 107:36)
      Jesus, help us feed the hungry with the meat of the gospel and clothe those poor in spirit with your righteousness, so that we may be established before you.

And sow fields and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest. (Psalm 107:37)
      Jesus, please help us sow righteousness, mercy, and peace, and yield up to you a fruitful harvest.

He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; and he does not let their cattle decrease. (Psalm 107:38 )
      LORD, the cattle on a thousand hills are yours (Psalm 50:10); it is time to sell off some them to provide for the poor, the destitute and those who have lost their jobs. Have mercy on your people and provide for them. Please show us our part in this as well.

      A word received: Cry out to me for my people. Pray for my people to return to me. Pray for the shepherds of the flock — that they will be faithful to their calling and to their oaths. Pray for my people to receive my word in the Scriptures. Pray for my people to drink deeply of my Holy Spirit.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); Isaiah 66:1-6; 1 Timothy 6:6-21; Mark 12:35-44
Sunday: 148, 149, 150; Deut. 6:1-9; Hebrews 12:18-29; John 12:24-32

Albany Intercessor

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