December 28, 2009

This prayer is from a StandFirm post on the affiliation of TEC with RCRC, a subject of great anguish for me. When I hurt, I write prayers. I don’t know if this makes sense. The best way I can explain it is that the closer I draw to God, the less conscious I am of the anguish.

Jeremiah 31:11-12 (NLT)
For the Lord has redeemed Israel
from those too strong for them.
They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem.
They will be radiant because of the Lord’s good gifts–
the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil,
and the healthy flocks and herds.
Their life will be like a watered garden,
and all their sorrows will be gone.

My joy is in You, Father. From my mustard seed of faith, O kingdom of heaven, take root in my spirit. O river of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb, water my seed of faith. O tree of life, grow.

My joy is in You, Jesus, and my times are in Your hands. Like Zaccheus climbing the sycamore tree to get a clearer view of You, I climb out of my circumstances to look into Your face. I rest on that well-watered tree of life and eat its ripe fruit, a different fruit in each season. I lean over and drink of the water of life. I brush against the leaves and am healed, a different healing from each leaf.

My joy is in You, Holy Spirit, and I come to Your kingdom. Like the birds of the air lodging in a great mustard tree, I sing.

Mark 10:13-16

December 28, 2009

Then they brought little children to him, that he might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. (Mark 10:13)
      Father, please help us welcome families with young children.

But when Jesus saw it, he was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14)
      Jesus, help us do what pleases you.

“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (Mark 10:15)
      Holy Spirit, help those parishes repent that value having elaborate music programs more than little children with their noise and confusion.

And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:16)
      Jesus, help us bless what you bless and shun what you shun. Thank you.

      A word received: You are in my care; look to me for each day’s bread and provision.

Holy Innocents: December 28: 2, 26 or 19,126; Isaiah 49:13-23 or Isaiah 54:1-13; Matthew 18:1-14 or Mark 10:13-16
Dec. 29: 18:21-50; 2 Samuel 23:13-17b; 2 John 1-13; John 2:1-11

Albany Intercessor

Adoration x 7

December 28, 2009

A collection of seven of my prayers of adoration from the past year. JW

O Lamb that was slain
With head full-crowned,
Your eyes full-discerning
My heart full-sinned.
By Your blood full-poured out
Make my heart full-renewed.
May my praise full-resound
To the fullness of I AM.

O Lord, so much life saved at a window!
Noah released the dove through a window in the ark to discern whether he could go forth on the earth. Rahab let a scarlet cord out of her window to save all the members of her father’s household. Michal let David out a window in their home so that he could escape death at King Saul’s hand. Paul escaped the governor of Damascus through a window in a basket let down by the wall. Eutychus fell a great distance from a window to his death, but Paul threw himself on him, put his arms around him, and brought him back to life.
May my love for You open the window of my mind, my will, and my emotions to Your Holy Spirit.
We see through a glass darkly. Open the window of my soul to the illumination of the mind of Christ. In Him there is no darkness at all. He is the Truth. O Lord, prop the window open that I may continue in His word.
By the grace of Christ Jesus, open the window of my soul to Your light, Your love, Your glory. You are my heart’s desire. Amen.
Genesis 6:16, Joshua 2:16-21, 1 Samuel 19:12, 2 Corinthians 11:33, Acts 20:9, John 8:31-32

O Lord,
You speak and the firmament of heaven comes forth. You determine the number of the stars and call each one by name. Your word creates the light and mass, identity and relationship of 40,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars. O God of abundance, Source of all blessing, we praise You. Amen.
Genesis 1:14, Psalm 147:4, Isaiah 40:25-26

Dear Lord,
When Jacob saw Rachel, his heart was so transformed by his love for her, a huge stone proved no barrier to uncovering the well of water. When he served Laban seven years for Rachel, they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
Oh, that our love for You would prove so passionate–that our love would transform our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh and uncover wells of living water. Oh, that our days would be so filled with adoration that time would loose its grip on our our imaginations. Creator of heaven and earth, of space and time, may we live and move and have our being in You. Amen.
Genesis 29, Ezekiel 36:26, Acts 17:28

O Lord Jesus,
You walk through the firmament of heaven, sowing stars and galaxies, and over the earth, scattering life in Your wake. Before Your resurrection You walked on water, and after You walked through walls.
Yet in all of Your grandeur, You chose to walk on the dusty roads of Palestine, in the busy marketplaces, and into the homes of fishermen and tax collectors.
We are not worthy, Lord, but we thank You. We join our voices with the hills and valleys, the meadows and the firmament of heaven, and sing praise to Your name. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord. Amen.
Psalm 65:11-13, 104:1-3

Christ Jesus,
Our identity is in You. You made us. You redeemed us. You are saving us. We are not defined by our triumphs; nor by our disasters. Our identity is in You. You are the Alpha and the Omega, our sure and certain hope, and our anchor in the storm. Amen.

O Lord,
Would that my spirit was one with Yours.
Would that I had the courage of the lion, the vision of the eagle, the strength of the ox, and the heart of a man.
Would that I did as You commanded, without turning to the right or the left.
Would that the light of Christ shone so brightly in my life, it touched other peoples’ hearts.
Would that my Spirit was one with Yours. Amen.
Ezekiel 1:10-13

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