Prayer item from the diocesan intercession calendar for today: Vibrant Evangelism in this diocese.
LORD, give us a heart to joyfully share the gospel.
Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ All things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
Holy Spirit, help us believe in Jesus with great faith.
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
Lord, we believe; help our unbelief!
When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” (Mark 9:25)
Jesus, cast out the unclean spirits that keep us deaf to the call to share the gospel and dumb that keep us from speaking of you when you place opportunities before us.
Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” (Mark 9:26)
Father, the Episcopal Church is greatly convulsed now and many say it is dead, but we say that just as you raised Jesus from the dead by the power of your Holy Spirit, you can raise the Episcopal Church to new life, and we thank you for that.
But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. (Mark 9:27)
Jesus, please take us by the hand and lift us up.
And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” (Mark 9:28 )
Holy Spirit, please bring us to the place where all of us ask Jesus why we are unable to do the works we see in Scripture and that he has commanded us to do.
So he said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29)
Lord, please bring us to a deepened life of prayer and fasting. Thank you.
Prayers and Words Received while in Northern Ireland:
A word received (3/12/10): Pray for my people to reach out to me.
A word received (3/13/10): I want my people to come to me and bless what I bless.
A word received (3/14/10): Bless me.
People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (Mark 7:37)
Lord Jesus, speak your word to us: unstop our ears and give our tongues words of praise for you.
A word received (3/15/10): Pray for my people to praise me.
A word received (3/15/10): Be prepared to share how I have led you in reading my Scriptures. They are my words for my people. I want them to open them with expectation, with hope.
O LORD, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth. (Psalm 94:1)
Lord, bring the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to repentance.
Rise up, O Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. (Psalm 94:2)
Lord, if we received what we deserved, we would all be in trouble. In your mercy bring the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church to repentance.
How long will the wicked, O LORD, how long will the wicked be jubilant? (Psalm 94:3)
Holy Spirit, move in our hearts and bring us to repentance.
They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting. (Psalm 94:4)
Jesus, as you shut the lion’s mouths for Daniel, shut the mouths of those who speak arrogant words to your people to harm them.
They crush your people, O LORD; they oppress your inheritance. (Psalm 94:5)
Protect the dioceses of South Carolina and Albany and all your faithful dioceses, parishes, and people.
A word received (3/16/10): Speak what I give you.
A word received (3/17/10): Thank me for my blessing.
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)
Jesus, please help us hear your call to us. Please help us daily deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow you.
“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:35)
Holy Spirit, show us each day what we must let go of.
“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36)
Father, help us to so fear you that we gain wisdom. All around us we see those who seek to gain what the world has to offer and are losing their souls. Have mercy on them and on us.
“Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:37)
Jesus, please teach us the true value of our souls.
“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38 )
Holy Spirit, please help us learn the true value of knowing Jesus; help us daily make him our Lord, whatever the cost.
And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” (Mark 9:1)
Father, help us see your kingdom and the power of your Holy Spirit made visible among us in this diocese. Thank you.
A word received (3/18/10): Tell them I am asking them to join me in my work of intercession.
Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him, since he ever lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
A word received (3/18/10): Pray for my people to desire my work.
Saturday: 33; Exodus 2:23-3:15; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Mark 9:14-29
Sunday: 145; Exodus 3:16-4:12; Romans 12:1-21; John 8:46-59