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

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.

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.
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


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