Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: (Luke 1:67)
Holy Spirit, fill us anew and enable us to speak your words
“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people,” (Luke 1:68 )
Father, thank you for visiting and redeeming us.
“And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,” (Luke 1:69)
Father, thank you for the salvation you have raised up for us in Jesus.
“As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who have been since the world began,” (Luke 1:70)
Holy Spirit, please help us heed what our Father has said through the prophets.
“That we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us,” (Luke 1:71)
Jesus, thank you for being our redeemer and savior, our protector and our friend.
“To perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,” (Luke 1:72)
Jesus, please help us to be faithful in keeping the covenant with you.
“The oath which he swore to our father Abraham:” (Luke 1:73)
Father, thank you for being faithful to us even when we were unfaithful to you.
“To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,” (Luke 1:74)
Lord Jesus, please deliver this and your other faithful dioceses and parishes from the hand of our enemies so that we can serve you without fear.
“In holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.” (Luke 1:75)
Holy Spirit, please bring us to holiness and righteousness so that we can serve Jesus all the days of our lives. Thank you.
Sunday: 114, 115; Amos 6:1-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-12; Luke 1:57-68
Monday: 9, 15; Amos 7:1-9; Revelation 1:1-8; Matthew 22:23-33
***** From an Upstate Intercessor: May I make a suggestion to the more than 1000 Intercessors who are praying for Fr. Nigel?
If you have walked any part of the healing walk that Father is progressing through now, concentrate on that aspect of his healing.
If you have ever had pulmonary illness (emphysema, COPD, asthma, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, lung issues of post-polio syndrome – anything like this) concentrate on praying for his lungs.
* If you have ever experienced nausea and dizziness in the course of illness (inner ear issues, GI upset, drug reactions – including side effects of chemo – anything) pray for his nausea and dizziness when standing.
* If you have ever had or treated a bedsore on a loved one, or have had a difficult-to-heal open wound anywhere on your body or have diabetes or similar illness which puts you at risk for pressure sores, pray for his bedsore.
* If you have ever had physical therapy to regain strength or use of limbs – or if you have undergone training for weight loss or to regain muscle tone or physical balance and stamina in any way, pray for Fr. Nigel’s recovery from the muscular weakness which has followed his long time in the medically induced coma.
* If disease of any kind has ever thrown your whole world out of kilter, and you have struggled and won the battle to adjust to the “new normal” of whatever stage of healing your are in, pray for Fr. Nigel’s adaptation to all that is new. Remember we have been praying for him for almost two months now, but he has only “newly awakened” to all this very recently.
* If you are a spouse who has supported a loved one through illness and recovery, pray for Lynn and Meagan.
There is a principle that those of us who have experienced healing have an intuitive gift for praying for the disease we seen Christ heal in us. For example: cancer survivors often have a gift for praying for the healing of cancer. Take hold of that strength — that gift of victory in Christ – and apply it as intercessor.
And if you are currently struggling with any of the above areas or illnesses and are as yet still being healed by God – embrace your healing and the hard work that healing involves as an act of intercession for all those for whom God has given you a burden to pray. Walk with them in their need by walking with Christ in your healing.
* When you experience shortness of breath, pray for others who struggle to breathe.
* If you smoke, remember our friend fighting for breath, and with him, choose life.
* If you are nauseous or dizzy, or if depression or fibromyalgia or other disease leaves you too enervated to move, or if a muscular or nerve disorder twists your body painfully, or if a disease like Parkinson’s or ALS causes your balance to be wonky, fight the sickness, the listlessness, the pain or the imbalance in body and spirit with all the courage Christ supplies, and pray for Fr. Nigel – or Fr. Hap – or Deacon Faye – or any of a multitude of souls who struggle with illness or disability.
* If you are minded of an unhealed open wound on your body (or perhaps in your soul?) — pray for the many wounded in the larger world. You know them! Pray for them!
* If your limbs don’t move right, or you cannot stand or walk or do the things important to you, or if that walker or cane or wheelchair or oxygen mask or other visible (or invisible) sign of your mortality humiliates your spirit and you think, “I don’t want anyone to see me this way,” take up the cross Christ has permitted in this moment and offer a prayer for someone else as an act of thanksgiving for difficulty that stumps even the strongest of souls.
When our friend, Fr. Nigel, emerges from the chrysalis of his recovery, let us be prepared to share with him how God has also healed us “on the way.” Seek the good things God is preparing even this very hour for your healing and transformation.
Laugh today, openly and unashamedly, in unabashed imitation of Fr. Nigel’s courage, and praise the God of heaven for sunrises, and wind swept leaves, and new snow blanketing the hills… for squirrels quarreling in the trees, or a kitten in your lap, or the kiss of children before they race off to play. Praise Him for the strong woman or man sharing the highs and lows of this life with you.
Life is too wonderful to be sad or defeated. Seek the wonder of the gift of Life, and when you glimpse it – even if for only a moment – thank God — and say a prayer for whichever of the friends he has placed in your life this day for intercession, in joyful gratitude.
For each of you who intercede for others while yet fighting the good fight with Christ, who are persevering with God-given tenacity through to the miracle of healing and new life, I commend Joel 3: 10 — “Let the weak say, ‘I am a warrior.'”
Rise up, ye warriors and pray!
— An Upstate Intercessor