So he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: (Luke 4:16-17)
Jesus, please open the word to us as well.
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, (Luke 4:18a)
Holy Spirit, come on us with your power and comfort.
Because he has anointed me (Luke 4:18b)
Holy Spirit, we ask for your anointing.
To preach the gospel to the poor; (Luke 4:18c)
Father, please help us preach the gospel to the poor as well; help us meet your people where they are.
He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, (Luke 4:18d)
Jesus, please heal the brokenhearted among us.
To proclaim liberty to the captives (Luke 4:18e)
Father, we cry out to you for all those who are held captive, whether by pirates, terrorists, or whomever: set them free.
We pray for those who are captive to drugs or alcohol: set them free.
We pray for those who are captive to generational cycles of poverty: set them free.
We pray for those who are in jail or prison: set them free.
Help all of these find their freedom in your son Jesus.
And recovery of sight to the blind, (Luke 4:18f)
Jesus, let light shine forth for the spiritually blind and put your hand on the eyes of the physically blind to heal them.
To set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Luke 4:18g)
Jesus, we cry out to you for all who have lost their jobs, their health insurance, or are under any kind of oppression that you would bring them to liberty.
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Luke 4:19)
LORD, you are in charge of our times and our seasons: let this be a year where your glory and provision are made manifest to your people. Thank you.
A word received for teaching the adult Sunday School class: Pray for my intervention in the class. Pray for my word to pierce the hearts of the class. Pray for my word to have power in the lives of those in the class.
Monday: 25; Daniel 4:19-27; 1 John 3:19-4:6; Luke 4:14-30
Tuesday: 26, 28; Daniel 4:28-37; 1 John 4:7-21; Luke 4:31-37
Notes from the Front Line
***** Jesus, draw your people to the Diocesan Convention for the renewal of their lives. Pour out your Holy Spirit on all who go there. Please intervene in the General Convention of the Episcopal Church this summer and turn it around.