Cry out to the Lord

April 20, 2010

20April10 Prayerline 9:31AM

(Deacon Howard Smith)
      I have a real sense that we should cry out to God today for this Nation, our Towns, and our Families. That the winds of change will not be driven by the spirit of this age, but be fueled by the fire of the Holy Spirit. That as the day unfolds, God will manifest His presence through us and use us to advance His Kingdom.


Matthew 3:7-12

April 20, 2010

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Matthew 3:7)
      Lord Jesus, have mercy on the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church and turn our hearts into your ways; help us flee from the wrath that is to come.

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,” (Matthew 3:8 )
      Holy Spirit, do that work in all of us: help us bear the fruit of repentance.

“and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” (Matthew 3:9)
      Father, give us hearts of flesh in place of the stony hearts we so often have. Help us become by faith in Jesus children of Abraham.

“And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 3:10)
      Holy Spirit, please help all those who have wandered away from the flock to recognize the peril they are in and return to Jesus.

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)
      Jesus, please baptize us anew with your Holy Spirit and with fire. Burn away everything that keeps us from you.

“His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:12)
      A word received (11/18/2006): Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.

      Lord, we pray for your little ones: that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Thank you.

      A word received: Pray for the many who have not heard my gospel — my good news. Pray for hearts that are open to my word.

Tuesday: 36, 39; Exodus 19:1-16; Colossians 1:1-14; Matthew 3:7-12
Wednesday: 119:25-48; Exodus 19:16-25; Colossians 1:15-23; Matthew 3:13-17

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “If we’ve ever needed the Lord before, we sure do need him now.” by St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Los Angeles (a 78 rpm record): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m9x-cT7cKs

***** Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010
From: Dan Herzog
Subject: The United Diocese of Down And Dromore (Church of Ireland – Anglican/Episcopal) http://www.downanddromore.org/index.cfm?do=news&newsid=1105

[Note from Torre: these videos are well worth watching. Jean and I have enormous respect for Chris Bennett.]

Albany Intercessor


St. Andrew’s Cathedral at Singapore

April 20, 2010

The cathedral is the venue of the Fourth Global South to South Encounter.

Esther 5:1-3 (King James Version)
Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.
And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.
Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

Sovereign Lord,
You are high and mighty, seated between the cherubim of heaven. Stir the intercessors of the Anglican Communion to adorn themselves in holiness, covered in the Blood of Jesus, with mercy and truth around their necks, that they may obtain favor in Your sight. Hold out Your scepter to them and grant their request for the healing of the Anglican Communion. Amen.
Psalm 99:1, Proverbs 3:3, Esther 5:1-3


St. Andrew’s Cathedral at Singapore

April 20, 2010

Isaiah 54:10-12 (21st Century King James Version)
For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed,” saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
“O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates and thy gates of rubies, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

east window
East window of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore, where the Fourth Global South to South Encounter is taking place.


Vermont

April 20, 2010

In 1777, Vermont became the first state to outlaw slavery. By writing a constitution to outlaw slavery, Vermont allowed runaway slaves to stay in Vermont and allowed no one to own slaves in their state.The U.S. didn’t abolish slavery everywhere until about 100 years after Vermont outlawed slavery in the state.

O Lord,
We thank You that Vermont was a place of refuge during the slavery era. May judgment continue to run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream from these green mountains. Amen.


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