Righteousness

November 30, 2009

Romans 8:19 (New International Version)
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
O Lord, may our righteousness exceed the environment ruling around us in America.

Deuteronomy 28:13 (Amplified Bible)
And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day and are watchful to do them.
O Lord, may our righteousness exceed the environment ruling around us in America.

Romans 14:17 (New International Version)
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
O Lord, may our righteousness exceed the environment ruling around us in America.


Praise

November 30, 2009

I love the use of hands in this psalm. God raises high His right hand, and we process to the altar with boughs in hand.

Excerpts from Psalm 118
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes. . .
The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!
The LORD’s right hand is lifted high;
the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”
I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the LORD has done. . .
The LORD is God,
and he has made his light shine upon us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.


2 Peter 1:1-11

November 30, 2009

Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (2 Peter 1:1)
      Jesus, thank you for the witness of your apostles which still speaks to us today and builds up our faith.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (2 Peter 1:2)
      Father, we ask for your grace and peace to be multiplied among us.

as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by glory and virtue, (2 Peter 1:3)
      Jesus, please help us daily answer your call and grow in our knowledge of you.

by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)
      Jesus, thank you for the promise and hope you have given us; set us free from the corruption that is in the world through lust.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, (2 Peter 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us have that diligence which will add virtue to our faith.

to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, (2 Peter 1:6)
      Father, please help us daily grown in self-control, perseverance and godliness.

to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (2 Peter 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, move us to brotherly kindness and love toward one another.

For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8 )
      Jesus, please help us bear fruit for your kingdom.

For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. (2 Peter 1:9)
      Father, restore true sight to those who are short-sighted and help them remember being cleansed from sin.

Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:10-11)
      Jesus, please help us to be diligent and not stumble so that we enter into your everlasting kingdom. Thank you.

Monday: 4, 7; Amos 2:6-16; 2 Peter 1:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11
Tuesday: 10, 11; Amos 3:1-11; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Matthew 21:12-22

Albany Intercessor


Update on Fr. Nigel Sun, 29 Nov 2009 08:01 AM

November 29, 2009

Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 08:01 AM
From: Elizabeth Strickland
Subject: Update on Fr. Nigel
Saturday 11/28/09

      Fr. Nigel Mumford continues in ICU. He is completely off the ventilator, even at nighttime! Thank you, Lord Jesus.

      In the determined manner of a Royal Marine, he is building his strength and has used a walker to get from his bed to his chair – a short distance but a huge accomplishment. He is very dizzy when he stands up.

      As a result of letting you know about the E-cards at Saratoga Hospital, Fr. Nigel received over 300 e-cards the first day. Needless to say, it caused a bit of disruption to their system. On the bright side of that, Fr. Nigel was very touched. Perhaps it would be wise to hold off on sending any more cards until the hospital can recover from the massive response.

Please pray for:

*      Complete and immediate healing of Fr. Nigel’s bedsores

*      Complete healing and strengthening of Fr. Nigel’s lungs

*      Building up of Fr. Nigel’s muscles – all of his muscles – so that he can regain his strength

*      Elimination of the dizziness Fr. Nigel feels when he stands

*      Peace and endurance for Lynn

      Please give Praise and Thanksgiving to our Lord for the continued healing of Fr. Nigel. Our God is so awesome. He cares so much for each one of us — He listens to our prayers. Bless you all for your continued and dedicated prayers.


Luke 21:10-19

November 29, 2009

Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.” (Luke 21:10-13)
      Holy Spirit, please help us see in these hard times an opportunity to testify to Jesus’ faithfulness.

“Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.” (Luke 21:14-15)
      Jesus, we trust you faithfulness: we trust you will give us the words to speak.

“You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.” (Luke 21:16-19)
      Father, thank you for caring for us and for receiving us into your kingdom. Thank you for letting us know that our redeemer lives.

      A word received: I AM with you. Look to me day by day.

Sunday: 111, 112, 113; Amos 1:1-5, 13-2:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Luke 21:5-19
Monday: 4, 7; Amos 2:6-16; 2 Peter 1:1-11; Matthew 21:1-11

Albany Intercessor


Prayer Table Report

November 28, 2009

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report November 28, 9:15-10:30 AM Torre Bissell and Don Foust
+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

The wind was so strong this morning that even the chairs were being blown about.

On this Saturday after Thanksgiving, so many came to the Prayer Table with lives full of misery–the homeless, the sick, the hungry, the lonely, the poor, and those released from prison–that it felt like the “Prayers of the People” come-to-life.

The Prayer Table has become a regular stop for a number of folks in the Neighborhood, and we have added their names to the bottom of the Prayer Table Report.

Donald–protection and provision

+Andrew— “Pray for me; my family and friends don’t care about me”. Please pray for the lonely.

+Joe— “Pray for the lost souls out there and you can pray for me also”. Please pray for the lost.

+Terry— “I just got out of jail”. Please pray for the prisoners.

+Willie— “I have faith in the Lord”. We prayed for Willie’s mother +Etta who has cancer and lives in the South. Willie was also just released from prison. Please pray for the sick.

Roxanne— Repeat visitor. “I always look forward to seeing the Prayer Table when I walk down State Street”. Pray for a good “Christmas for my kids”. Roxanne has children ranging in age from 37 to 8; the youngest are still living with her. Please pray for the poor.

Jim— regular– Jim thanked the Lord for all of his blessings. We thank God for Jim’s “heart of Thanksgiving”. Please pray for those who have been abused.

+Annette— We first spotted Annette as she approached the Prayer Table and she was picking up old cigarette butts from the sidewalk so she could have a smoke. When we ask her to join us at the Prayer Table, she began to uncontrollably weep. Annette is homeless. She spent last night in an abandoned building in the Neighborhood. “Last night, someone jumped me and took my cell phone”. We prayed for protection and provision for Annette, then escorted her into Christ Church where she took a bag full of bread. We told her of the Neighborhood Meal on Sunday at 1:30. Please pray for the homeless.

+Rohan— on his way to the bus to go to Queens. We prayed for protection on his journey.

+Al— looking for an apartment. Al has been living in the City Mission for the last 3 weeks. He wants to turn his life around. Al also took some of the bread from table in Christ Church. We also reminded him of the Neighborhood Meal on Sunday.

Mike— young man from Tunisia. We prayed for health, happiness, and the peace that only Jesus can bring. We also gave Mike an Arabic Bible. Please pray that Mike may come to know the Lord.

Victor— older Hispanic man who could not speak English– repeat visitor– We prayed for blessings in Victor’s life.

Man walking by, did not stop— “You can pray for me”. We prayed for his protection.

Jordan— young man waiting for bus– We prayed for blessings in his life.

+Karleen— mother of 5 children ranging in ages from 30 to 16. “God has answered so many of my prayers”. We prayed for financial provision for her children. Her daughter was just released from a mental hospital. Karleen was weeping as we prayed together. Please pray for the faithful.

+Greg— We prayed for a better year and that Greg may continue to help others. Please pray for those who assist those less fortunate than themselves.

Kayla— regular– missed bus for her job. Please pray for the victims of violence.

Unknown woman across State Street crying out in an unknown language— Near the end of the Prayer Table session, a woman across State Street was desperately crying out in an African language. Torre went to help, but could not communicate with her. He called 911, and the Police came to assist this woman. Please pray for those new to this country.

Prayer Table Regulars

Kayla— Pray for healing in her life after being raped. Pray for her mother Laura, her son Nassir, her brother Josh, and Josh’s son Deanthony.

Jim–Pray for healing in his life from abusive parents and for his personal peace after the death of his 31 year old son Robert.

Bill–Pray for his health and no more epileptic seizures. This middle-aged man has lived alone; please pray for companionship.

Lucinada and Eddiberto–Pray for protection for their family

Paulette and her children Monique and Taishawn–Pray for provision for this family

Clarence–Pray for direction as he seeks to change his life.

Linda–Pray for her family in Guyana

Albany Intercessor


Praise and reflection

November 28, 2009

Psalm 144
1 Praise be to the LORD my Rock,
We stand on You, dear Lord.
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
We pray to You, dear Lord.
2 He is my loving God and my fortress,
We claim Your shelter, dear Lord.
my stronghold and my deliverer,
We claim the power of Your name to rebuke demons.
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples under me.
Our security is in You.

3 O LORD, what is man that you care for him,
the son of man that you think of him?
Save for the blood of Jesus, we are not worthy, dear Lord.
4 Man is like a breath;
his days are like a fleeting shadow.
Oh, how we are fallen.
5 Part your heavens, O LORD, and come down;
touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
6 Send forth lightning and scatter {the enemies};
shoot your arrows and rout them.
We thank You for coming down to Nigel, scattering all that caused him harm, shooting Your arrows and routing them. We thank You, dear Lord.

Reflection
For a while now, I’ve been harboring a spiritual impression. I haven’t publicly shared it before and don’t know if others are experiencing something comparable. Simply put, the playing field has changed.
Some portions of the charismatic wing of the church put great stock in the Hebraic calendar. September not only brought a new year but a new decade, which they deemed to be highly significant. I am a liturgical creature, but my time has always been ordered according to the Christian calendar in a more cyclical fashion. I found it interesting that different seasons in the Hebraic calendar were associated with different spiritual possibilities or anointings, but was unsure of what to make of it.
But I do perceive that we are in a new season. The battle remains. In the last season in the Episcopal Church, the battleground was ecclesiastical politics. It is not that all the players and facts have gone away, but, like a click in a kaleidoscope, the pieces have rearranged, and the battleground has changed. Or, so it seems in my spiritual impression.
I’m wondering if Nigel’s illness augurs a new season of healing ministry. Spiritual impressions can only be confirmed by subsequent developments. Time will tell.
However, I relate two recent events. My husband and I prayed for someone with a 13-year history of fibromyalgia, and, through God’s grace, he instantaneously improved. We had prayed for him in the past, to no avail. Also, we were part of an ecumenical prayer team for someone with inoperable pancreatic carcinoma. The patient has not yet had any follow up X-rays, but one thing is certain–that prayer session was filled with God’s glory.
I simply ask our readers to be open to the power of healing prayer, to be bolder in offering it, to be persistent in difficult cases, and to share testimonies of God’s goodness. Nigel’s continued recovery is an awesome testimony. Usually folks come off of a ventilator in a week or so; Nigel was on one over 40 days. Following his recovery is like reading the account of the valley of the dry bones–prayers from the four corners of the earth speaking breath into Nigel’s lungs. Nigel breathes. Nigel stands up on his feet. Nigel lives. Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!


Psalm 137:1-6

November 28, 2009

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. (Psalm 137:1)
      LORD, we weep when we see how far the Episcopal Church has fallen.

We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. (Psalm 137:2)
      Mirth and joy are vanishing from your people, Lord.

For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” (Psalm 137:3)
      Jesus, the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church expect us to pretend that everything is OK.

How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a foreign land? (Psalm 137:4)
      Holy Spirit, show us how to worship and praise God in our present circumstances.

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! (Psalm 137:5)
      Father, help us know the cost of forgetting the gospel. Help us repent of not being passionate for your truth.

If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth– if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy. (Psalm 137:6)
      Jesus, please help us make the restoration of your church our great joy. Thank you.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; Micah 7:11-20; 1 Peter 4:7-19; Matthew 20:29-34
Sunday: 111, 112, 113; Amos 1:1-5, 13-2:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Luke 21:5-19

      Notes from the Front Line

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Prayer vigil for Fr. Nigel and Lynn: During today (November 28 ) I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of the day or night.
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Albany Intercessor


Into the depths of the sea

November 28, 2009

Micah 7:19 NIV
You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

O Lord, when I consider the anguish the Mumfords have undergone during this trial, I feel compassion. Have mercy upon them.
Take the spirit of fear and control, the anger and resentment, the exhaustion, the temptation to trust the natural rather than You. There are so many unanswered questions! You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Take their anxiety related to this illness, past, present, and future. Take it all, Lord, and cast it into the sea of forgetfulness. Remove the sting out of their memories and grant them peace. Amen.


Psalm 142

November 27, 2009

I cry out to the LORD with my voice; with my voice to the LORD I make my supplication. (Psalm 142:1)
      LORD, we cry out to you for Fr. Nigel and Lynn and for all who are sick and afflicted that you will heal them.

I pour out my complaint before him; I declare before him my trouble. (Psalm 142:2)
      Thank you, Jesus, for hearing and carrying the cries of our hearts.

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. (Psalm 142:3)
      Holy Spirit, please guide our steps so that we avoid every trap set for us.

Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. (Psalm 142:4)
      LORD Jesus, you are my refuge and my strength, my hope and my deliverer.

I cried out to you, O LORD: I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” (Psalm 142:5)
      Father, we look to you for help that does not disappoint.

“Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I.” (Psalm 142:6)
      Jesus, we look to you for help: defend us, defend this diocese, and defend Fr. Nigel and Lynn and all those who minister healing.

“Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise your name; the righteous shall surround me, for you shall deal bountifully with me.” (Psalm 142:7)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for ministering to me and setting me free. Set free all those who are dear to me. Thank you.

      A word received: Don’t be afraid. I AM with you.

Friday: 140, 142; Isa. 24:14-23; 1 Peter 3:13-4:6; Matthew 20:17-28
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; Micah 7:11-20; 1 Peter 4:7-19; Matthew 20:29-34

      Notes from the Front Line

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Prayer vigil for Fr. Nigel and Lynn: During today and tomorrow (November 27 and 28 ) I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of the day or night.
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      It is apparent to a number of our intercessors that there are serious spiritual warfare issues in Fr. Nigel’s prolonged illness. Fr. Nigel and Lynn’s ministry has taken them onto many battlefields with “principalities and powers”. Because of this I ask you to pray this blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with Nigel and Lynn in their going out and their coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
      May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver Nigel and Lynn from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
      May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver Nigel and Lynn.
      And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with Nigel and Lynn this day and always. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Broken bones, pleasant words, and the body of Christ

November 27, 2009

I recently was asked to pray for someone with multiple fractures and bedridden. I searched for an appropriate scripture and ran across this:

Proverbs 16:24 (New International Version)
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

This led me to these words:

Song of Solomon 4:10-11a (New International Version)
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice! Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue.

And these:

Psalm 133:1-2 (New International Version)
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.

Interesting how pleasant words are integral to the integrity of the human body and the body of Christ.

Dear Heavenly Father,
May our words be like drops of honey running down and may they bring healing to broken bones and broken churches.


Matthew 20:1-7

November 26, 2009

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.” (Matthew 20:1)
      Father, we want to labor in your vineyard. Show us the work you have for us to do.

“Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.” (Matthew 20:2)
      Thank you, Father, for calling us into your vineyard.

“And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went.” (Matthew 20:3-4)
      Thank you, Jesus, for calling us at the third hour in the morning. Please fill us anew with your Holy Spirit.

“Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.” (Matthew 20:5)
      Thank you, Holy Spirit, for calling us even now at the sixth and ninth hours.

“And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.'” (Matthew 20:6-7)
      LORD, even now at the eleventh hour you are calling us. Please help us hear your call and respond to it.
      

Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; Zephaniah 3:1-13; 1 Peter 2:11-25; Matthew 20:1-16
Friday: 140, 142; Isa. 24:14-23; 1 Peter 3:13-4:6; Matthew 20:17-28

      Notes from the Front Line

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Prayer vigil for Fr. Nigel and Lynn: During the 48 hours of next Friday and Saturday (the two days after Thanksgiving Day, November 27 and 28 ) I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of the day or night.
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[We served with Jerry and Doris Freeze in Liberia in the 1970s. They were Lutheran missionaries. Jerry has advanced cancer.] Please pray for them.
Dear Friends,
      Today is Thanksgiving day. It is also Jerry’s 65th birthday. Last night was not a good night for Jerry. I don’t know how long he can last like this. Please keep us all in your prayers. We hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Love, Doris

Albany Intercessor


Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 26, 2009

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be–That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in thecourse and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions–to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington


Thanksgiving

November 25, 2009

Matthew 19:25-26
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the salvation of Nigel’s soul and for the continued healing of his body. With You, all things are possible. Amen.


Obadiah 18a

November 25, 2009

The house of Jacob will be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame.

O God our Father,
Your servant Jacob wrestled all night to receive Your blessing. His son Joseph was the product of his passion for Rachel and became the savior of the age.
Raise up within Your church men and women who contend mightily for Your blessing. Raise up leaders who are passionate for You. Bless them, Lord. Bless them to be the saviors of the age for this nation. Anoint them with Your Holy Spirit. Amen.


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