Mark 14:53-65

August 31, 2009

And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him were assembled all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes. (Mark 14:53)
      Lord, even today you are on trial before the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church. They are judging you and don’t recognize that you will judge them.

But Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he sat with the servants and warmed himself at the fire. (Mark 14:54)
      Jesus, so many of your disciples follow you at a distance. Warm their hearts with the fire of your Holy Spirit.

Now the chief priests and all the council sought testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but found none. (Mark 14:55)
      Holy Spirit, please guide the bishops and chief priests of the Episcopal Church so that they look in the Bible for true testimony about Jesus.

For many bore false witness against him, but their testimonies did not agree. (Mark 14:56)
      Father, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church hear your testimony about Jesus: “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17) and “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear him!” (Matthew 17:5)

Then some rose up and bore false witness against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.’” But not even then did their testimony agree. (Mark 14:57-59)
      Jesus, please help your church hear your clear testimony about your death and resurrection.

And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do you answer nothing? What is it these men testify against you?” But he kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, saying to him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” (Mark 14:60-61)
      Holy Spirit, help the chief priests and elders of the Episcopal Church ask these questions with humble hearts and help them respond to your answers to these questions.

Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” (Mark 14:62)
      Lord, help your church hear your answer.

Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?” And they all condemned him to be deserving of death. Then some began to spit on him, and to blindfold him, and to beat him, and to say to him, “Prophesy!” And the officers struck him with the palms of their hands. (Mark 14:63-65)
      Father, thank you for loving us so much that you would allow your son to go through all this for our sakes. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people — pray that they will know me from the least to the greatest.
      Pray for the refining fire of my Holy Spirit.
      Pray for new life and hope for my people.

Monday: 25; 2 Chronicles 6:32-7:7; James 2:1-13; Mark 14:53-65
Tuesday: 26, 28; 1 Kings 8:65-9:9; James 2:14-26; Mark 14:66-72

Albany Intercessor


Bless the Lord

August 31, 2009

Lord,
You are our King, and we will praise Your name for ever and ever. You forgive all our sins and heal all our diseases. We do not forget Your benefits. We praise You with our lips, our tongues, our souls, and all that is within us. Every day we praise You. Amen.
Psalm 145:1-2, Psalm 34:1, Psalm 103:1-3, James 3:9a


Bishop of Faisalbad

August 30, 2009

Punjabi police have issued warrants of arrest against the Rt. Rev. John Samuel, the Church of Pakistan’s Bishop of Faisalabad and 28 other Christians, in retaliation for complaints of police incompetence in the wake of the attacks on Christians in the town of Gojra that left ten dead and destroyed three churches and over 100 homes.

Father,
In the name of Jesus, we pray that no weapon formed against Bishop Samuel, his family, or the other Christians will prosper. We refute every tongue that would rise to accuse them. May all word curses spoken ignorantly or intentionally be cut off from them forever. Amen.

Hat tip: Religious Intelligence


Anti-despair song

August 30, 2009

Lately, I’ve prayed with several persons suffering from depression, under medical treatment. One complaint I’ve heard is a need for practical strategies to counteract flare-ups.
I recalled this scene from Pilgrim’s Progress: Along a rough stretch of road, Christian and Hopeful leave the highway to travel on the easier By-Path Meadow, where a rainstorm forces them to spend the night. In the morning they are captured by Giant Despair, who takes them to his Doubting Castle, where they are imprisoned, beaten and starved. The giant wants them to commit suicide, but they endure the ordeal until Christian realizes that a key he has, called Promise, will open all the doors and gates of Doubting Castle. Using the key, they escape.
I’ve compiled a list of God’s promises and am now searching for songs incorporating them in the text.

Deuteronomy 33:27a
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain:
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.


1 Timothy 4:7-16

August 30, 2009

But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. (1 Timothy 4:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us do those things which will bring us to the mind and character of Jesus.

For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. (1 Timothy 4:8 )
      Jesus, you lived a life of self-discipline which kept you close to your father in heaven; please help us daily take on that same discipline.

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. (1 Timothy 4:9)
      Father, please help us accept all that you are saying to us in the Scriptures.

For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:10)
      Jesus, thank you for Bishop Bill and all your faithful apostolic witnesses who have labored and suffered reproach so that we could trust you, the living God.

These things command and teach. (1 Timothy 4:11)
      Holy Spirit, help us receive into our hearts and lives all that you command and teach.

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)
      Jesus, please bless all those whom you send to minister to us. Help us receive their ministry; help us receive the ministry of the youth of this diocese.

Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. (1 Timothy 4:13)
      Father, instill in our hearts a hunger for your word, bless those who exhort us to follow Jesus, and bring us all to sound doctrine.

Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. (1 Timothy 4:14)
      Holy Spirit, please help us use all the gifts you have given us so that the Body of Christ may be built up.

Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)
      Father, please help us think on whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. (From Philippians 4:8 )

Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:16)
      Jesus, please restore to the seminaries of the Episcopal Church and those who teach and minister there sound doctrine so that they and those who hear them may be saved. Bless the ministry of Nashotah House and Trinity School for Ministry. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for my people to repent.
      Pray that they will turn to me, for I AM the truth.
      My people are led astray by lies and false teaching.
      Pray that they will turn to me for the truth of the gospel.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150; 1 Kings 8:22-30(31-40); 1 Timothy 4:7b-16; John 8:47-59
Monday: 25; 2 Chronicles 6:32-7:7; James 2:1-13; Mark 14:53-65

Albany Intercessor


Cast not down your hearts

August 29, 2009

Our Father in heaven,
We do not cast down our hearts. We agree with the Word of God and the completed work of the cross. It is finished!
The prince of this world now stands condemned. Jesus has disarmed the powers and authorities, spirits of wickedness, the thrones and dominions of geographical areas and of sectors of society, triumphing over them by the cross. We decree and declare that the works of the devil are completely destroyed by Jesus.
We do not cast down our hearts. We lift them up to You. Amen.


Acts 28:17-31

August 29, 2009

And it came to pass after three days that Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. So when they had come together, he said to them: “Men and brethren, though I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans, who, when they had examined me, wanted to let me go, because there was no cause for putting me to death. But when the Jews spoke against it, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything of which to accuse my nation. For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.” Then they said to him, “We neither received letters from Judea concerning you, nor have any of the brethren who came reported or spoken any evil of you. But we desire to hear from you what you think; for concerning this sect, we know that it is spoken against everywhere.” So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening. (Acts 28:17-23)
      Holy Spirit, bring all of us to such a knowledge of the Scriptures that we can use them to persuade people that Jesus is the Christ of God.

And some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved. (Acts 28:24)
      Jesus, that is true of our witness today.

So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one word: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers, saying, ‘Go to this people and say: “Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive;”‘” (Acts 28:25-26)
      Father, have mercy on us for this is true of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church today.

“‘”For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”‘” (Acts 28:27)
      A word received (10/8/06): Keep asking for eyes to see.

      A word received (10/9/06): I Am calling my church back to me. I Am calling my bride to me. Pray for listening ears. Pray for this day by day.

      A word received (11/9/06): Listen, listen my people for my word to you. Listen as you read scripture. Listen, listen to what I Am saying to you.

“Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!” (Acts 28:28 )
      Holy Spirit, help us go out with the gospel to all who will hear it.

And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves. (Acts 28:29)
      Lord, that dispute is now raging in the Episcopal Church, in your mercy rescue all who have a heart to receive your gospel. Thank you.

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. (Acts 28:30-31)
      Holy Spirit, please give us a heart as you did Paul to seize every opportunity to preach and share the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you.

      A word received: I told Francis to rebuild my church.
      This is my call to my people now: rebuild my church.
      Set my church on the firm foundation of the faith and gospel I delivered to the saints.
      Solomon built a building for my people to worship in.
      The building is not the church — the church is my people.
      Pray for my people to be restored to me and made whole again.

Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31; Mark 14:43-52
Sunday: 148, 149, 150; 1 Kings 8:22-30(31-40); 1 Timothy 4:7b-16; John 8:47-59

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table report August 29, 9:20-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Howard Smith (It was a “misty, moisty morning, and cloudy was the weather…” Not many people out today.)
+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

+ Sasha prayers for family and knee
+ John: prayers for family and the Lord’s Provision
Woman: walked by, “you can pray for me if you want”
+ Heather: healing
+ Jeff: family
+ Gloria: Family and everything
+ Jim: soft heart and blessings
+++ Howard: for Nicole, for protection
+ Vincent: protection & provisions

Albany Intercessor


Praise

August 29, 2009

We are not afraid, Lord. You are with us. You are our God, and we are not dismayed. You hold our right hand. You are our Helper, Redeemer, and Protector. You hear our cry, and You do not forsake Your children.
You open rivers in high places and fountains in the midst of valleys. You make the wilderness a pool of water and dry land springs of water. You set a garden in the desert and transform a captivity into a place of rest.
The hand of the Lord does these great things. The Holy One of Israel is our Creator. This we see and know and consider and understand. Amen.
Isaiah 41:10-20


Anti-despair song

August 28, 2009

Psalm 91:3, 11 (New International Version)
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,
Who abide in His shadow for life,
Say to the Lord, “My Refuge,
My Rock in Whom I trust.”

And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
The snare of the fowler will never capture you,
And famine will bring you no fear;
Under His Wings your refuge,
His faithfulness your shield.

And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
You need not fear the terror of the night,
Nor the arrow that flies by day,
Though thousands fall about you,
Near you it shall not come.

And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
For to His angels He’s given a command,
To guard you in all of your ways,
Upon their hands they will bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.


Acts 28:7-15

August 28, 2009

In that region there was an estate of the leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. (Acts 28:7)
      Father, thank you for all those people (and there are many) who have helped us along the way.

And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. (Acts 28:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please help us (as you did Paul) seize every opportunity you bring us to minister healing to those in need.

So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. (Acts 28:9)
      Jesus, we pray that each parish and home in this diocese will be a field hospital where the sick can find healing and shelter.

They also honored us in many ways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were necessary. (Acts 28:10)
      Jesus, thank you for all the ways and people that you have sent us to provide for us.

After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island. (Acts 28:11)
      Lord, there is a time and a season for everything — there is a time to go forward and a time to wait. Please help us discern the times and season you have established.

And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days. From there we circled round and reached Rhegium. And after one day the south wind blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli, where we found brethren, and were invited to stay with them seven days. And so we went toward Rome. (Acts 28:12-14)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for the brethren along the way you have raised up for us on our life’s journey.

And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. (Acts 28:15)
      Father, thank you for the encouragement you have given us. Thank you for providing companionship for Paul and for us during the various crises in our lives. Thank you for being a father to us.

      A word received: Pray for my people — they are wounded by lies.
      Pray for my Holy Spirit to be a balm for their wounds.
      Pray that I will bind up every wound in my body the church.
      Pray for the healing ministry of my Spirit.
      Pray that I will once again find joy in my church.

Friday: 16, 17; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14); 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31; Mark 14:43-52

Albany Intercessor


Seasons of lost praise

August 28, 2009

O Lord, will we turn to You with fasting, weeping, and mourning? Look at the years the locusts have eaten, the past seasons of lost praise.
We rend our hearts, Lord.
Will we blow a trumpet, sanctify a fast, and call a solemn assembly? Will our priests weep between the vestibule and the altar and say, “Spare Your people?”
We rend our hearts, Lord.
Is not joy and gladness cut off from our church? Only You can redeem our seasons of lost praise.
Take pity. Send the early rain and the latter rain. Wash Your people in the water of the word. Abundant mercy shall yield abundant fruit.
Take pity. Breathe praise into our hearts. As we inhale Your presence, let us exhale Your Spirit and release a new sound, a new hope, and a new song. Amen.
Joel 2


The Way of Holiness

August 27, 2009

Jehovah-jireh,
You led the children of Israel across the Red Sea and delivered them from slavery.
You provide a way when there is no way.
You stopped the waters of the Jordan River so that they could enter the Promised Land.
You provide a way when there is no way.
You translated Enoch and Elijah into heaven.
You provide a way when there is no way.
Isaiah prophesied a highway in the wilderness, The Way of Holiness. Jesus healed the lame, opened the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf in the wilderness.
You provide a way when there is no way.
Jesus walked on water.
You provide a way when there is no way.
Jesus rose from the dead and walked on earth.
You provide a way when there is no way.
Jesus ascended into heaven.
You provide a way when there is no way.
You sent a rushing mighty wind and filled the disciples with supernatural words, prophecies, visions, and dreams. They performed signs and wonders.
You provide a way when there is no way.

Jesus, You are the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by You. When Your name is affirmed in today’s meeting in the diocese of Mississippi, let it be like a sail catching the wind. When Your name is sung aloud, let it be like an ark rising on the flood waters.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Your name is above every name in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. You are the Way.

Jehovah-jireh, provide a way for the establishment of Your kingdom and Your will in the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi as it is in heaven. Send Jesus. Amen.


Psalm 18:1-6, 28

August 27, 2009

I will love you, O Lord, my strength. (Psalm 18:1)
      Jesus, you are my strength each day; help me to love you more and more each day.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
      Holy Spirit, please work these words out in my life so that I will find in Jesus my all in all.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:3)
      Father, you are worthy of all praise and we love you; save us from our enemies and all who hate the truth.

The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. (Psalm 18:4)
      Jesus, the slow death of the Episcopal Church surrounds us and the floods of its ungodliness make us afraid; help us keep our attention on you.

The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me. (Psalm 18:5)
      Holy Spirit, please set us free from the snares of death in the Episcopal Church.

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; he heard my voice from his temple, and my cry came before him, even to his ears. (Psalm 18:6)
      Lord, we are in distress for our nation; hear our cries for the unemployed, those without health care, and those who are losing their homes. Have mercy on them. Have mercy on the aliens in our midst. Thank you.

For you will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:28 )
      Jesus, thank you for being the light to bring us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. Please help us take each step by your light. Thank you.

      A word received: I AM speaking to my people.
      Pray for listening ears and hearts.
      Pray for new life for my people — they have wandered far from me.
      Come to me, my people; let me be your guide.
      Turn away from the false guidance of the world and the guidance of false prophets who speak lies in my name.

Thursday: 18:1-20; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Acts 27:27-44; Mark 14:12-26
Friday: 16, 17; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42

Albany Intercessor


Anti-despair song

August 26, 2009

Lately, I’ve prayed with several persons suffering from depression, under medical treatment. One complaint I’ve heard is a need for practical strategies to counteract flare-ups.
I recalled this scene from Pilgrim’s Progress: Along a rough stretch of road, Christian and Hopeful leave the highway to travel on the easier By-Path Meadow, where a rainstorm forces them to spend the night. In the morning they are captured by Giant Despair, who takes them to his Doubting Castle, where they are imprisoned, beaten and starved. The giant wants them to commit suicide, but they endure the ordeal until Christian realizes that a key he has, called Promise, will open all the doors and gates of Doubting Castle. Using the key, they escape.
I’ve compiled a list of God’s promises and am now searching for songs incorporating them in the text.

John 6:35, 47 (New International Version)
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. . . . I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.

I am the bread of life
He who comes to me shall not hunger
He who believes in me shall not thirst
No one can come to me
Unless the father beckons
And I will raise you up(3)
On the last day.
The bread that I will give
Is my flesh for the life of the world
And if you eat of this bread
You shall live forever(2)
Unless you eat
Of the flesh of the Son of Man
And drink of his blood,
And drink of his blood,
You shall not have life within you.
I am the resurrection, I am the life
If you believe in me
Even though you die
You shall live forever.
Yes, lord I believe
That you are the Christ
The son of God
Who has come into the world.


We bind ourselves to You

August 26, 2009

On Thursday, Bishop Duncan Gray of Mississippi will host a forum on General Convention.

Heavenly Father,
Who is Your equal? Your understanding is unsearchable.
We bind our understanding to You.
You are great in strength and mighty in power. You give power to the faint and strength to the powerless.
We bind our bodies to You.
You draw Your children high above the earth. They mount up with wings like eagles and move into a new view of the earth.
We bind our vision to You.

Christ Jesus, Word of God,
You gave Yourself up for the Church in love. You cleansed her with the washing of the water by the word so that she would be holy and without blemish.
We bind our Church to You, especially the Episcopal diocese of Mississippi.
Cleanse her that she might come into Your presence in awe.
We bind her worship to You.
Cleanse her that she might submit to You in reverence.
We bind her heart to You.
Cleanse her that she might come into alignment with Your boundaries.
We bind her conscience to You.

Holy Spirit,
Draw us near and pour Your glory in.
We bind our spirits to You.
Gather us in sound and motion, praise and dance. Gather us in supernatural unity, revelation, and faith.
We bind our future to You.
Gather Your people in a new identity. Like shafts of light coming from the heavenly realm, open up paths of light for us to step into. May our steps in faith bring life.
We bind our footsteps to You.

Holy Trinity, align us with Your will, Your heavenly hosts, and Your kingdom on earth. Amen
Isaiah 40:25-31, Ephesians 5:25-27


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