Psalm 69:5-9

July 31, 2009

O God, you know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from you. (Psalm 69:5)
      LORD, you know the sins and folly of the Episcopal Church, have mercy on us.

Let not those who wait for you, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me; let not those who seek you be confounded because of me, O God of Israel. (Psalm 69:6)
      Jesus, don’t let me be the cause of anyone stumbling.

Because for your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. (Psalm 69:7)
      Jesus, thank you for the humiliation you went through for us.

I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children; (Psalm 69:8 )
      Holy Spirit, thank you for bringing me into the family of the body of Christ.

Because zeal for your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. (Psalm 69:9)
      Father, please help us to be steady in Jesus and bear whatever reproaches come our way because we are faithful. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for the magistrates of this land that true justice will be done. Pray for the judges of this land to know how to balance justice and mercy. Pray for the law to be fairly and honestly applied.

[Note: I will be off-line for a week. Torre]
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; 2 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 17:1-15; Mark 7:24-37
Saturday: 75, 76; 2 Samuel 5:22-6:11; Acts 17:16-34; Mark 8:1-10
Sunday: 93, 96; 2 Samuel 6:12-23; Rom. 4:7-12; John 1:43-51
Monday: 80; 2 Samuel 7:1-17; Acts 18:1-11; Mark 8:11-21
Tuesday: 78:1-39; 2 Samuel 7:18-29; Acts 18:12-28; Mark 8:22-33
Wednesday: 119:97-120; 2 Samuel 9:1-13; Acts 19:1-10; Mark 8:34-9:1
Thursday: [83] or 145; 2 Samuel 11:1-27; Acts 19:11-20; Mark 9:2-13
Friday: 88; 2 Samuel 12:1-14; Acts 19:21-41; Mark 9:14-29
Saturday: 87, 90; 2 Samuel 12:15-31; Acts 20:1-16; Mark 9:30-41

Albany Intercessor

NT Wright calls for prayer for the Anglican Communion

July 30, 2009

A great and true exhortation from Bishop NT Wright about the need for serious and sustained prayer for the Anglican Communion in the conclusion of his response to the Abp. of Canterbury’s post-GC09 reflection:

I have said many times that the main priority at the moment for all those involved in this whole messy situation is prayer. That remains my conviction and my plea. Prayer for the church; for Archbishop Rowan; for wisdom, courage, clarity and vision; for God’s glory, the extension of his kingdom, and the power of the gospel and the Spirit at work in hearts, lives, communities and throughout our world.

Amen. Let’s pray!!

Another prayer of Christina Rossetti

July 30, 2009

After finding the prayer by Christina Rossetti yesterday, I did just a bit of quick searching to see what other prayers she’d written. Here’s another keeper:

Prayer of Hope

O Lord, in Whom is our hope, remove far from us, we pray Thee, empty hopes and presumptuous confidence. Make our hearts so right with Thy most holy and loving heart, that hoping in Thee we may do good; until that day when faith and hope shall be abolished by sight and possession, and love shall be all in all.

– Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1895

[source: ccel]

Mark 7:1-23

July 30, 2009

Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to him, having come from Jerusalem. Now when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men–the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” (Mark 7:1-8 )
      Jesus, have mercy on us, for the Episcopal Church honors you with its lips but its heart is far from you. It teaches as doctrine the commandments of men. We have laid aside your commandments in order to hold to the traditions of men.

He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.” (Mark 7:9)
      Father, have mercy on us for the Episcopal Church has torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion asunder in order to follow what is politically correct.

“For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”–‘ (that is, a gift to God), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” (Mark 7:10-13)
      Holy Spirit, restore truth and righteousness to the governance of the Episcopal Church. The gifts of generations to the mission of the church are being squandered to engage in law suits against those who seek to be faithful to the gospel and apostolic teaching.

When he had called all the multitude to himself, he said to them, “Hear me, everyone, and understand: There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mark 7:14-16)
      Jesus, what has come out of the mouth of the Episcopal Church at its General Convention defiles it. Restore to the Episcopal Church ears to hear you and a heart to heed your word.

When he had entered a house away from the crowd, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. So he said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” And he said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mark 7:17-23)
      LORD, all these things which defile a person are coming from within the body of the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us and bring the Episcopal Church and its leaders and teachers to their knees in repentance. Thank you.

      A word received: You are in my care. Seek me; pursue me. I will hold you up in the storm.

Thursday: [70], 71; 2 Samuel 4:1-12; Acts 16:25-40; Mark 7:1-23
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; 2 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 17:1-15; Mark 7:24-37

Albany Intercessor

Quotable: Stand By the Cross

July 29, 2009

There was a great devotional entry at the Cruciform Life blog yesterday:

“Once more heed the exhortation- stand close to the cross of Jesus!

It is the most accessible and precious spot this side of heaven- the most solemn and awesome one this side of eternity.

It is the focus of divine love, sympathy, and power.

Stand by it in suffering, in persecution, in temptation.

Stand by it in the brightness of prosperity and in the gloom of adversity.

Shrink not from its offence, humiliation, and woe.

Defend it when scorned, despised, and denied.

Read the full post here.

[– Octavius Winslow, The Foot of the Cross]

A Prayer by Christina Rossetti

July 29, 2009

Yesterday I came across this great prayer on Lutheran pastor Eric Swensson’s blog

Lord God, whose strength is sufficient for all who lay hold on it, grant us in your mercy to comfort our hearts and be strong. Humility, temperance, purity, largeheartedness, sympathy, zeal – grant us these evidences of faith, servants of hope, fruits of love; for the sake of Jesus Christ, our strength, our righteousness, and our hope of glory. Amen.

(Christina Rossetti, quoted in Fox, A Chain of Prayer, p.161)

This prayer is included in a longer devotional which comes from daily devotional pageof the Word Alone website (a site for reform and renewal in the ELCA). It looks like an excellent resource. Check it out!

Psalm 72:5-9

July 29, 2009

They shall fear you as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. (Psalm 72:5)
      LORD, please give us in the Episcopal Church a holy fear of you.

He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth. (Psalm 72:6)
      Holy Spirit, come down on us with your living water.

In his days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no more. (Psalm 72:7)
      Father, we pray for your righteousness to flourish in the Episcopal Church and for the righteous to flourish.

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Psalm 72:8 )
      Jesus, have dominion in Canada, Mexico, and the United States from sea to sea.

Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before him, and his enemies will lick the dust. (Psalm 72:9)
      Holy Spirit, please help all those who wander in a spiritual wilderness in the Episcopal Church to turn in humility to Jesus, and those who are his enemies to submit to him. Thank you.

      A word received: Come o me; return to me. Let me be your guide. Look to me for guidance. Look to me in the storm. I will hold your hand and lead you.

Wednesday: 72; 2 Samuel 3:22-39; Acts 16:16-24; Mark 6:47-56
Thursday: [70], 71; 2 Samuel 4:1-12; Acts 16:25-40; Mark 7:1-23

Albany Intercessor

Kendall Harmon requests prayer for a meeting today in South Carolina

July 28, 2009

Kendall Harmon is requesting prayer for the leadership of the diocese of South Carolina as they meet today. Please go read Kendall’s blog entry and pray for him, Bishop Mark Lawrence and all the deans and Standing Committee by name today. Thanks.

Mark 6:30-34

July 28, 2009

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. (Mark 6:30)
      Jesus, please give Bishop Bill and all the clergy of this diocese times of “reporting in” with you.

And he said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” (Mark 6:31)
      Holy Spirit, please guide all the clergy of this diocese into taking times apart of with Jesus where they can be quiet with him.

So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. (Mark 6:32)
      Father, please bless the ministry of the staff of Christ the King Spiritual Life Center and the Sisters of St. Mary that the Spiritual Life Center will be that place where people can have quiet time with Jesus.

But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him. (Mark 6:33)
      Holy Spirit, please give me that same eagerness to seek out Jesus.

And Jesus, when he came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34)
      Jesus, please shepherd and guide the flock in this diocese and all who come here seeking you. Bless the veterans and their spouses who are coming to the Welcome Home Initiative next week; we pray for physical, spiritual, and emotional healing for all of them. Thank you.

      A word received: Keep your eyes on me.

Tuesday: 61, 62; 2 Samuel 3:6-21; Acts 16:6-15; Mark 6:30-46
Wednesday: 72; 2 Samuel 3:22-39; Acts 16:16-24; Mark 6:47-56

Albany Intercessor

Psalm 56

July 27, 2009

Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; fighting all day he opresses me. (Psalm 56:1)
      O God, the leaders of the Episcopal Church would oppress and swallow up your faithful people and dioceses.

My enemies would hound me all day, for there are many who fight against me, O Most High. (Psalm 56:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us know in every battle we are called to fight for the truth of the gospel that there are more that are for us than those against us. [See 2 Kings 6:8-17, especially verses 16 and 17]

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
      Jesus, you are our strength and hope.

In God (I will praise his word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:4)
      Father, thank you for your words in Scripture which is a daily comfort to us.

All day they twist my words; all their thoughts are against me for evil. (Psalm 56:5)
      Jesus, please help us keep our attention on you, for your word is straight and true.

They gather together, they hide, they mark my steps, when they lie in wait for my life. (Psalm 56:6)
      Jesus, defeat all the devious schemes of those who plot against your faithful people.

Shall they escape by iniquity? In anger cast down the peoples, O God! (Psalm 56:7)
      Lord, we look to you and your judgments and mercy.

You number my wanderings; put my tears into your bottle; are they not in your book? (Psalm 56:8 )
      Lord, you know the sorrow, the grief we feel because the Episcopal Church has walked away from your righteousness; please send your Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to us.

When I cry out to you, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me. (Psalm 56:9)
      LORD, you are our light and our salvation; whom shall we fear? You are the strength of our lives; of whom shall we be afraid? (From Psalm 27:1)

In God (I will praise his word), in the Lord (I will praise his word), in God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? (Psalm 56:10-11)
      Please help us keep our eyes on you, Jesus; you are our strength and our hope.

Vows made to you are binding upon me, O God; I will render praises to you, (Psalm 56:12)
      Holy Spirit, guide the clergy of this diocese in keeping their ordination vows.

For you have delivered my soul from death. Have you not kept my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? (Psalm 56:13)
      Father, please continue to hold up and sustain Bishop Bill and all the leaders and teachers of this diocese, that they may walk before you by the light of the living gospel. Thank you.

Monday: 56, 57, [58]; 2 Samuel 2:1-11; Acts 15:36-16:5; Mark 6:14-29
Tuesday: 61, 62; 2 Samuel 3:6-21; Acts 16:6-15; Mark 6:30-46

Albany Intercessor

Matthew 25:31-46

July 26, 2009

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.” (Matthew 25:31-33)
      Lord Jesus, come soon, for your sheep are being pillaged.

“Then the King will say to those on his right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me.'” (Matthew 25:34-36)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to reach out to the lost and the least.

“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?'” (Matthew 25:37-39)
      Father, please give us eyes to see those in material need and eyes to see those who are in spiritual need, and reach out to them and provide for them.

“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'” (Matthew 25:40)
      Jesus, the lost and the least surround us daily; please give us eyes to see them and hearts to reach out to them.

“Then he will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave me no food; I was thirsty and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take me in, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'” (Matthew 25:41-43)
      Holy Spirit, even now move the hearts of your people to reach out to those in need with provision and with the light of the gospel.

“Then they also will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?'” (Matthew 25:44)
      Jesus, please restore sight to the spiritually blind.

“Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:45-46)
      Lord, your judgments are true and righteous. Have mercy on us and move our hearts to repentance. Move our hearts to become a missionary diocese that reaches out to the lost and the least all around us. Thank you.

Sunday: 24, 29; 2 Samuel 1:17-27; Rom. 12:9-21; Matthew 25:31-46
Monday: 56, 57, [58]; 2 Samuel 2:1-11; Acts 15:36-16:5; Mark 6:14-29

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table Reports

July 26, 2009

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table report July 25, 9:15-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust
+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+John–middle-aged man. Repeat visitor. John has pain in his back and hips. He had an operation in 2005 in which a metal plate was inserted, and now he in pain. He is planning to have an MRI. Prayed for relief of the pain, wisdom for the doctors, and protection for John on the streets.

+Surrita–young woman and wife–“Pray for my unborn child”

+(++++)Hispanic woman–older woman, could not speak English, difficulty in walking. She pointed to the crosses on the table, and we gave her one. Prayed for her protection. 30 minutes later, she returned with this note:

She must have talked to someone who wrote this note. We gave her 4 more crosses and in a heavy accent she said “Bless you”. We thank God for her faithfulness.

Lydia–regular–middle-aged woman–prayed for the prosperity of her children in Guyana.

Teen-age boy across the street–“I pray everyday”

Tasha–young woman walking by–did not stop–prayed for blessings in her life and protection

+Raymond (older Hispanic man) and +Raymond (younger Hispanic man)–prayed for protection on the street.

Young man across the street— “I prayed as soon as I got up this morning”.

Bill–regular–middle-aged man across the street–prayed for freedom from seizures.

Woman on a bicycle–When asked if she would like prayer she emphatically said “no” and rode on. She suddenly turned around and came back to the Prayer Table. “I am a woman of the Bible,” she said. Prayer is a private matter between a person and
God the spirit. Prayer is not to be performed in public for all to see, it must be done behind closed doors in a private place”.

She was referencing Matthew 6, 5-6.
5 “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

We explained that we are ministering to the prostitutes, the addicts, the homeless, the lonely, the lost sheep. Many of these people do not know how to pray. Many of the people who stop are looking for comfort. With our card table and folding chairs, we are not looking for glory or public recognition.

As we were talking to this young woman, +Howard and +Julian sat down at the Prayer Table and asked for prayer, Howard asked for prayer for his family. Julian was a repeat visitor; he asked for a change in his life. He knows he is on the wrong path and wants to set his life right, but there is so much temptation. We prayed for guidance and strength for this young man.

+Victor–prayed for health for his wife’s grand-daughter.

Ishawn–a repeat visitor–this friendly young man is from Morocco. We prayed for his family.

++++Aubry–this young mother had her 5 children (all under the age of 6) with her. She and her children crossed the street for prayer.–2 children were in a stroller–the older boy helped the twin girls across the street. Aubry had stopped by the Prayer Table several months ago when she was pregnant with her youngest child. We prayed for protection of this family and blessings on each of the children.

PRAYER TABLE REPORT Christ Church Schenectady
(Sat., July 25, 2009; 10:30 – 11:30 – David and Doris Carlson)
[+ –indicates received one of the wooden crosses from Dennis Adams of North Carolina.]

+ Marie – woman reluctantly sat down for prayer — she said she is very discouraged and said, “I don’t think it will help.” She is bipolar, has no money, and is not sure God is there for her. We prayed for provision and healing and asked the Lord to reveal Himself to her.

Eric – stopped for prayer on his way to the Macedonian 7th Day Adventist church.

Man walking by, did not stop for prayer but said, “God bless you!”
Note: We had much less foot traffic by the church today than normal for a Saturday, and many who did walk did not want prayer.

+ Issa – woman said she was in a hurry but did stop briefly for prayer – asked prayer for “everything” especially her family

Man walking by – we offered prayer but he did not speak English. He was wearing one of the wooden crosses we give out at the prayer table. He showed it to us and kissed it. We prayed for the Lord to meet his needs.

David Carlson

Albany Intercessor

Mark 6:1-13

July 25, 2009

Then He went out from there and came to his own country, and his disciples followed him. And when the Sabbath had come, he began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to him, that such mighty works are performed by his hands! Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” So they were offended at him. (Mark 6:1-3)
      Jesus, please help us to be disciples who follow you and not be among those who are offended at you.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. Then he went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. (Mark 6:4-6)
      Jesus, you have ceased to be honored in the Episcopal Church. It pays lip-service to you and then does what it wants to do, rather than what your word says.

And he called the twelve to himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff–no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts–but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics. (Mark 6:7-9)
      Holy Spirit, help us become a true missionary diocese: help us send forth teams to the surrounding dioceses equipped with your power and the word of the gospel. The lost and the dying surround us on every side; give us hearts to go forth to them with the good news of what Jesus has done for us through his cross and resurrection.

Also he said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place. And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” (Mark 6:10-11)
      Father, there are those who will not hear the gospel; don’t let us be distracted by them. Help us search out those who are hungry for the good news.

So they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them. (Mark 6:12-13)
      Jesus, help us go forth to all the surrounding dioceses and preach repentance, forgiveness of sins, and through the power of your Holy Spirit set the captives of sin and sickness free from oppression and disease.. Thank you.

      A word received: Hear me. Listen to me. Heed my word. It is a living word. Choose life and not death.

Saturday: 55; 2 Samuel 1:1-16; Acts 15:22-35; Mark 6:1-13
Sunday: 24, 29; 2 Samuel 1:17-27; Rom. 12:9-21; Matthew 25:31-46

Albany Intercessor

Psalm 55:1-18

July 25, 2009

Give ear to my prayer, O God, and do not hide yourself from my supplication. (Psalm 55:1)
      LORD, hear our cry to you for your church and your people.

Attend to me, and hear me; I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily, (Psalm 55:2)
      Father, we are agitated and disturbed by what went on at General Convention.

Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked; for they bring down trouble upon me, and in wrath they hate me. (Psalm 55:3)
      Jesus, they listened to the world, the flesh, and the devil at General Convention and said they were listening to you; have mercy on us. Lord, they would bring down trouble on all your faithful people.

My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. (Psalm 55:4)
      Holy Spirit, we are troubled by the choices made at General Convention — they can only hasten the death of the Episcopal Church.

Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. (Psalm 55:5)
      Jesus, have mercy on us, for they have called good evil and evil good.

So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. (Psalm 55:6)
      Holy Spirit, heavenly dove, help us and all your faithful people find their rest in Jesus.

Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.” (Psalm 55:7-8 )
      Father, each week a thousand “wander far off” and leave the Episcopal Church. Show us what we should do as a diocese, for the windy storm and tempest are upon us.

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues, for I have seen violence and strife in the city. (Psalm 55:9)
      Lord, when the people of Shinar in their pride sought to build a tower to challenge you, you confused their speech (Genesis 11). The leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church have sought in their pride to build structures to challenge you as well; divide their tongues and bring confusion to their work.

Day and night they go around it on its walls; iniquity and trouble are also in the midst of it. (Psalm 55:10)
      Jesus, they have increase iniquity in the church, they have brought lawsuits against your faithful people and have called it “mission”; have mercy on us.

Destruction is in its midst; Oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets. (Psalm 55:11)
      Holy Spirit, help us build up what has been laid waste, and raise up foundations of many generations built on the cornerstone of Jesus and apostolic teaching. Help us repair the breach between Jesus and the Episcopal Church and be restorers of streets to dwell in. Thank you. (From Isaiah 58:12)

For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him. But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng. (Psalm 55:12-14)
      We pray that no weapon formed against Bishop Bill and this diocese, or any of your faithful people will prosper, and that you will condemn every tongue that rises up in judgment against your people. (From Isaiah 54:17)

Let death seize them; Let them go down alive into hell, for wickedness is in their dwellings and among them. (Psalm 55:15)
      Holy Spirit, please bring Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Schori and the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to conversion or get them out of there.

As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me. (Psalm 55:16-18 )

      A word received: Ask for my help and guidance.

Saturday: 55; 2 Samuel 1:1-16; Acts 15:22-35; Mark 6:1-13
Sunday: 24, 29; 2 Samuel 1:17-27; Rom. 12:9-21; Matthew 25:31-46

Albany Intercessor

Psalm 40:1-5

July 24, 2009

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry. (Psalm 40:1)
      LORD, we are waiting for you — not very patiently I’ll admit — but we are waiting for you; please hear our cry: show us and your other faithful people what you want us to do given the apostasy of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. (Psalm 40:2)
      Jesus, you are our rock, and the Episcopal Church has become miry clay; please establish our steps.

He has put a new song in my mouth– praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:3)
      Holy Spirit, please put that “new song” of praise to God in our mouths and help us trust Jesus.

Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. (Psalm 40:4)
      Father, we pray for Bishop Bill and all the other faithful leaders and teachers who have trusted in you: guide their footsteps. Do not let any of them turn aside to the lies of the proud and arrogant in the Episcopal Church.

Many, O Lord my God, are your wonderful works which you have done; and your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to you in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. (Psalm 40:5)
      Jesus, thank you for remembering us, thank you for having us in your thoughts and for your many mercies toward us. Please continue your wonderful works among us. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people. Do not cease from praying for them. Pray for my people that they will return to me.

Friday: 40, 54; 1 Samuel 31:1-13; Acts 15:12-21; Mark 5:21-43
Saturday: 55; 2 Samuel 1:1-16; Acts 15:22-35; Mark 6:1-13

Albany Intercessor

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