Prayer Table Reports

March 14, 2009

Saturday, March 14 2009; at Christ Church in Schenectady. First “shift:” Torre Bissell and Don Foust, 9:20-10:30 a.m. Note: Very balmy, sunny, a really pleasant change in the weather!

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

+Bea — woman waiting for the bus — pain in stomach that doctor said was due to anxiety; she has claimed her healing hasn’t received it yet.

Frank — older man — goes to St. Joseph’s downtown; he was reluctant at first to receive prayer but then did.

+Theodore — man came from other side of street — had a fight with his wife Stacy a week ago and has been out of the apartment since. Confessed his part of it to Jesus and asked for forgiveness. He is going back to Stacy to ask her forgiveness.

Bill — a regular — crossed himself after receiving prayer.

+Malcolm — “It’s a struggle each day for food and provision.” We prayed the Father would send this day’s bread. We pointed out that Jesus is the provider.

Lester — middle-aged man — prayed for sobriety for him and prayed for protection and provision.

+Jim — middle-aged man — his Godson Michael has been in Iraq for “4 years, 5 months, and 6 days; that’s too damned long!” We prayed for protection for Michael and for all those who are in harm’s way there and peace and comfort for Jim.

James — middle-aged man — he is a pastor of the Macedonia Seventh Day Adventist Church around the corner on Swan St.

Pat — middle-aged woman, a regular — prayed Keith would be able to get his blood pressure down, that Nick would get a kidney transplant, that Keisha’s tumor would disappear, and that Pat “will hold strong” when she goes to Atlantic City.

+Pedro — young man — “My English…Spanish” prayed for protection and provision

Jim — middle-aged man — prayed for comfort for him about his son Robert’s death.

+Tyra and +Shannon — two young women — we prayed for them and for their children, Maileh, Kadez, and Markel.

(Sat., March 14, 2009; 10:30 — Dianne Gambill and David Carlson)

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

Desdemona — a dear lady who has come for prayer many times — asked for continued prayer for her grandson Peter who is in jail — we prayed for the Lord’s covering over the situation, for the Lord’s protection and provision for Peter, and for God’s peace for Desdemona — we thanked God that Peter has a praying grandmother; as she left, Desdemona said, “with much prayer is much power” — Amen!

Middle-aged man walking by — said he was too busy to stop for prayer and said “I still have God in my heart” — we prayed for the Lord’s blessing

[NOTE: We had an unusually high percentage of people who turned down our offers to pray for them — we prayed for them as they walked by that the Lord will reveal Himself to them and that they would know that God loves them]

+ Reena — woman got off the bus and came right over to the prayer table — we recognized her as someone who has stopped before — she asked for general prayers for her health and especially her eyes (she is waiting to get an appointment with an eye doctor) — we prayed for physical healing of her eyes and that the Lord would give her eyes to see what He wants to show her spiritually

+ Bob — another “repeat” — we prayed that the Lord would protect him, provide for him in every way, and reveal Himself to Bob

++ Lisa — woman who has come to Neighborhood Meal before and only has partial hearing — she asked prayer for her husband for healing of his foot (he just had a toe amputated); she accepted crosses for herself and her husband

Jonathan — young man in early 20’s — gets depressed, thinks people at church are mad at him or don’t like him — we prayed that he would know that people love him and care about him and that especially he would know how much his Father in Heaven loves him.

+ C — teenager asked prayer for 18-year old brother Joshua — got word that Joshua was held up at knifepoint last night and has not been able to get in touch with him ever since — we asked for God’s peace and His covering over the whole situation — that Joshua would be ok

David Carlson

Albany Intercessor

House of Bishops

March 14, 2009

The Episcopal Church House of Bishops is meeting in Kanuga.

This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. Romans 3:22-25a

O Lord, we cry out for shepherds who have faith in the blood of Jesus. Amen.

This prayer was contributed by one of our readers, Georgia.

Holy Father, Please drive all evil from hearts and minds of these men and women…give them ears to hear, eyes to see, hearts to believe. By the Power of Your Word, restore them to their right minds… may the righteous who attend be able to humbly, gently, patiently, meekly instruct, so that You may convict and grant godly sorrow unto repentance…broken and contrite hearts….Be glorified in Your Church, Lord Jesus. Amen
II Timothy 2:24-26

Lent Quotes: John Newton – I am not what I once was

March 14, 2009

“I am not what I ought to be — ah, how imperfect and deficient! I am not what I wish to be — I abhor what is evil, and I would cleave to what is good! I am not what I hope to be — soon, soon shall I put off mortality, and with mortality all sin and imperfection. Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was; a slave to sin and Satan; and I can heartily join with the apostle, and acknowledge, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”

As quoted in The Christian Pioneer (1856) edited by Joseph Foulkes Winks, p. 84

(hattip to a commenter at Stand Firm)

John 7:1-9

March 14, 2009

After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for he did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him. Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. His brothers therefore said to him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see the works that you are doing. For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” (John 7:1-4)
      Jesus, thank you for all the secret things that you do in our hearts by your Holy Spirit. Thank you for opening our hearts to your word and to your father’s love.

For even his brothers did not believe in him. (John 7:5)
      Jesus, there are so many who appear to be close to you who do not believe in you — we pray that you will work in their hearts. Give them eyes to see and ears to hear you.

Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.” (John 7:6)
      Father, give us hearts that beat as your own heart, hearts that cheerfully wait for your times and seasons.

“The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil.” (John 7:7)
      Holy Spirit, help us, help all in the Episcopal Church to hear Jesus’ testimony about the works of the world. Bring us to works that are done in faith.

“You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” (John 7:8 )
      Jesus, you only do what you see your father doing. Do that secret work in our hearts so that we too will wait on his time. Thank you.

When he had said these things to them, he remained in Galilee. (John 7:9)
      Holy Spirit, please help us keep in step with Jesus.

      A word received: Wait on me; turn your eyes upon me. Keep looking to me for your daily bread. Look to me in the storm. Look to me for daily help in time of need.

Saturday: 75, 76; Jeremiah 5:20-31; Romans 3:19-31; John 7:1-13
Sunday: 93, 96; Jeremiah 6:9-15; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Mark 5:1-20

Albany Intercessor

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