July 6, 2010

The southern coast of Louisiana in the United States is among the fastest disappearing areas in the world. Rising waters have led to the state losing a land mass equivalent to 30 football fields every day. And as the communities disappear, more and more people are leaving the region.

Dear Father,
We see through a glass darkly. The land of the state of Louisiana is being reshaped. Is there a reshaping of the spiritual landscape as well?
We pray for a people who grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head of the church, even Christ (Eph. 4:15). May the church in Louisiana anwer its call to attain “the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (v. 13).
“Mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13). Help them, Father, to walk the path of mercy toward full redemption. Amen.

Romans 8:31-39

July 6, 2010

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
      Thank you for being for us, Father. Please help us keep our eyes fixed on you.

He who did not spare his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
      Holy Spirit, enlarge our expectation of what our Father will do for us.

Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. (Romans 8:33)
      Holy Trinity, one God, thank you for doing what we cannot: justifying us sinners.

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. (Romans 8:34)
      Father, thank you: for now there is no condemnation for we are in Christ Jesus. (See Romans 8:1)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Romans 8:35)
      Jesus, thank you that through all these things we can be more than conquerors because you love us. I too “am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (See Romans 8:38-39)

      A word received: Keep at it: encourage one another in listening to me.

Tuesday: 10, 11; Numbers 35:1-3,9-15,30-34 Romans 8:31-39 Matthew 23:13-26
Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Deuteronomy 1:1-18; Romans 9:1-18; Matthew 23:27-39

      Notes from the Front Line

***** “If God Be For Us” http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=wizard9a9#p/u/12/0zcn_Po1pj8
“But Thanks Be To God” http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=wizard9a9#p/u/13/_QQCG60Mv2k

Albany Intercessor

Some ideas to help you pray for your clergy

July 6, 2010

From Fr. Tim Fountain in South Dakota who has been a past blogger here at L&B and remains a faithful friend and supporter of this ministry:

Please pray for your clergy, and for yourselves. We need God’s help and we most assuredly need one another’s.

Pray for all Clergy:
Ask the Father to show us great mercy, to make us aware of the great mercy we receive, and to make us witnesses to His mercy.

Ask the Son to touch us with kindness whenever we are discouraged by our hypocrisies.

Ask the Holy Spirit to inspire our gifts for faithful work and to make our personal qualities fruitful.

Pray for all Lay People:
Ask the Father to cleanse you of any lurking paganism – any ways in which you say, “My clergy do holy stuff (prayer, Bible reading, caring for others, etc.) so I don’t have to.”

Ask the Son to honor you by revealing what part of his body, the Church, you are.

Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of all that Jesus said and did, and to guide you into understanding.

You see, the humbling and healing of clergy depends in part on the glorious rising of all the people – not as our “employers” or critics, but as awesome Christians in your own right. As one chosen, flawed preacher told a congregation:

For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?

The full text is here.

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