National leaders

March 29, 2010

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

O Lord,
If only we could love as You! Your love is steadfast; ours is mercurial. Your love overflows with tender mercies; ours is riddled with unforgiveness. Holy is Your name. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord!
We ask You to love the leaders of our nation, including our political opponents. Love them, especially President Barak Obama and Vice Prresident Joseph Biden. Love their families, and their staffs. You know their needs. Bless them, Lord, in Your infinite wisdom. Bless them in Your judgment. Bless them in Your mercy. Amen.

2 Corinthians 1:1-7

March 29, 2010

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia: (2 Corinthians 1:1)
      Jesus, we pray for Bishop Bill and Bishop Harold and all you have called to apostolic ministry in the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of Down and Dromore and for all the saints in these two dioceses.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:2)
      Father, we come to you as your children and ask for your grace and peace to flow through these two dioceses. We come to you asking for what we don’t deserve, but knowing it is your heart’s desire for us.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, (2 Corinthians 1:3)
      Jesus, thank you for making the love of your Father known to us. Please help us daily come into his arms and receive his comfort.

      Father, thank you for holding us in your arms.

who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:4)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize and take every opportunity you give us to reach out and comfort others with the grace and mercy and comfort we have received.

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:5)
      Jesus, please help us this Holy Week to receive into our spirits a new understanding of your suffering for us and also receive the consolation you offer us through that suffering. Thank you.

Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. (2 Corinthians 1:6)
      Holy Spirit, please give us strength to endure and perseverance to endure. Let the trials we go through be for the consolation and salvation of others.

And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation. (2 Corinthians 1:7)
      Jesus, please give us a steadfast hope so that as we partake of your suffering we make also partake of your consolation. Thank you for all your blessings on our two dioceses. Thank you you for knitting the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of Down and Dromore together with bonds of love and affection.

      A word received: How I long to pass over my people today and know that they are covered by the blood of my son Jesus. Turn to me; receive the blessing I have for you. Come to me in humility and ask for forgiveness of sin. Let me free you from the bondage of sin.

      A word received: Pray for my people to hear my word to them.

Monday: 69:1-23; Lam. 1:1-2,6-12; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Mark 11:12-25
Tuesday: 94; Lam. 1:17-22; 2 Corinthians 1:8-22; Mark 11:27-33

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