Covenant Design Group

April 1, 2009

The Covenant Design Group is convened in Cambridge.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Just as Jacob favored Joseph with a coat of many colors, we earnestly pray that You will favor the Covenant Design Group with manifold wisdom.
Just as David’s harp music refreshed Saul and forced a tormenting spirit to leave, we earnestly pray that the proposed Anglican Covenant will refresh the body of Christ in the Anglican Communion and force an end to our torment.
Just as Jesus healed diverse ailments, we pray that the adoption of the Anglican Covenant will bring healing throughout the body. Amen.

Lent Quotes: CS Lewis

April 1, 2009

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting it, not by giving in. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later.

That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it.

(C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p 13)

John 10:1-6

April 1, 2009

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1)
      Lord Jesus, you are the door, the only door, to the sheepfold; please write that on the hearts and minds of the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church.

“But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.”(John 10:2)
      Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd; please draw all of your wandering sheep back to you.

“To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”(John 10:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help the flock hear Jesus saying, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 ) Help us lay our burdens at Jesus’ feet.

“And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”(John 10:4)
      Father, please help us recognize Jesus’ voice whenever he speaks to us.

“Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”(John 10:5)
      Jesus, every year tens of thousands flee the Episcopal Church because they do not hear your word being spoken; have mercy on us and renew the Episcopal Church. Bring us back to you and raise up faithful shepherds of the flock. Thank you.

Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. (John 10:6)
      Jesus, help us understand the things you are saying to us.

      A word received: Keep your attention on me. Pray for my people to look to me for help.

Wednesday: 119:145-176; Jeremiah 25:30-38; Romans 10:14-21; John 10:1-18
Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; Jeremiah 26:1-16; Romans 11:1-12; John 10:19-42

Albany Intercessor

Covenant Design Group

April 1, 2009

The Covenant Design Group is meeting in Cambridge, England, March 29-April 2.

The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  John 10:3-4

O Lord,

The sheep of the Anglican Communion are wandering over every hillside.  Their shepherds are not calling them back to You.  May the prayers of the worldwide Anglican Communion open the gate for the entrance of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, into the Covenant Design Group meeting.  We cry out for the members of the group!  May they open their hearts to our Lord!  May they recognize His voice and follow Him.  May they be faithful–faithful to their calling, faithful to their oaths, faithful to Holy Scripture, faithful to You.  Fidelity!  Fidelity!  Fidelity!

Gentle Shepherd, call each and every one by name.  Amen.

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