I’m reminded of Nehemiah as I pray about Nigel’s bedsore. Jerusalem was exposed to attack without a wall. The tissue on Nigel’s backside is exposed to germs without a covering of skin.
Nehemiah sought the favor of King Artaxerxes to rebuild the wall. The king provided timber and an armed guard. You are Jehovah-jireh, Lord. We seek Your favor. Provide all that is necessary to heal Nigel’s bedsore. Raise up intercessors.
Nehemiah recruited the Jewish residents of Jerusalem to work together in building the wall, different people being responsible for different sections, each group working near their homes. Stir the hearts of the intercessors, Lord, to pray for Nigel as they go about their routines.
Nehemiah overcame the threat of war by praying to You and setting a watch day and night. Stir the hearts of the intercessors day and night.
The builders of the wall worked with a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other. May our prayers simultaneously protect the bedsore from infection and build a durable and flexible covering of skin.
The inhabitants of Jerusalem gave gifts of gold and silver to the work of God. Raise up donors for the work of Your priests, Lord. Raise up donors for Nigel.
Then people gathered on the street before the water gate. Ezra stood at a pulpit and brought Your word to them. A revival broke out. Lord, we pray for an outpouring of living water when Nigel returns to the pulpit and a revival of healing ministry. Amen.
Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. (Zechariah 4:1)
LORD, send your holy angels to wake the Episcopal Church out of its slumber.
And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.” So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” (Zechariah 4:2-5)
Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to see and understand the things of the kingdom of God.
So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.'” (Zechariah 4:6)
Jesus, please help us seek after and receive the power of your Holy Spirit.
“‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! and he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”‘” (Zechariah 4:7)
Jesus, let every mountain that blocks our way to you be leveled by your grace.
Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.” (Zechariah 4:8-10)
Father, please set us free from contempt of “small things.” Help us do each task, whether great or small, that you put in front of us. Thank you.
A word received: Look to me.
Thursday: [59, 60] or 33; Zechariah 4:1-14; Revelation 4:9-5:5; Matthew 25:1-13
Friday: 51; Zechariah 7:8-8:8; Revelation 5:6-14; Matthew 25:14-30
Notes from the Front Line
***** 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 on Tuesday, December 22nd.