Job 13:1-12

August 31, 2010

“Behold, my eye has seen all this, my ear has heard and understood it.
What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.
But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
But you forgers of lies, you are all worthless physicians.
Oh, that you would be silent, and it would be your wisdom!
Now hear my reasoning, and heed the pleadings of my lips.
Will you speak wickedly for God, and talk deceitfully for him?
Will you show partiality for him? Will you contend for God?
Will it be well when he searches you out? Or can you mock him as one mocks a man?
He will surely rebuke you if you secretly show partiality.”
(Job 13:1-10)
      Lord Jesus, please help us hear Job’s rebuke of those who try to comfort him by accusing him of sin. When you place the lost and the least before us, help us love them with your love. It is your job to convict any of us sin.

“Will not his excellence make you afraid, and the dread of him fall upon you?” (Job 13:11)
      Holy Father, there is a wrath that will come on all those who exploit and hurt your little ones. Have mercy on us.

“Your platitudes are proverbs of ashes, your defenses are defenses of clay.” (Job 13:12)
      Holy Spirit, help us speak your word and not our own to those we meet. Help us pray according to your mind. Thank you.

Tuesday: 26, 28; * 36, 39; Job 12:1,13:3-17,21-27; Acts 12:1-17; John 8:33-47
Wednesday: 38; * 119:25-48; Job 12:1,14:1-22; Acts 12:18-25; John 8:47-59

Albany Intercessor


California

August 31, 2010

From the Preamble to the state constitution:

We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure and perpetuate its blessings, do establish this Constitution.

In 1959 an attempt had been made to establish “In God we Trust” as the state motto; however, in 1963 Eureka (I have found it!) was chosen instead.

Almighty God,
We stand with the people of California and affirm that we are grateful to You for their freedom. We declare with them: In God we Trust! We proclaim these words over the state. May they ring out loud and clear. Amen.


A new horizon

August 30, 2010

Acts 17:26-27 (New International Version)
From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.

O Lord,
May I be in the right place at the right time that I may have the vision to see what You would have me see for the establishment of Your kingdom on earth. A new horizon, Lord! A heavenly horizon! Amen.

This prayer can be used in the third person to pray for a church leader.


John 8:31-32 and Acts 11:19-24

August 30, 2010

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
      Holy Spirit, please help all of us throughout this diocese abide in Jesus’ word. Help us know the truth and let the truth set us free.

Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. (Acts 11:19-21)
      Father, help us go forth in the power of your Spirit and speak your word to those you put in our path.

Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. (Acts 11:22-24)
      Lord Jesus, raise up many a Barnabas among us to encourage us to go forward with you. Thank you for all the blessings you have given us.

      A word received: Thank me for my blessings.

Monday: 25; * 9, 15; Job 12:1-6,13-25; Acts 11:19-30; John 8:21-32
Tuesday: 26, 28; * 36, 39; Job 12:1,13:3-17,21-27; Acts 12:1-17; John 8:33-47

Albany Intercessor


California

August 30, 2010

California has birthed many movements in its 160 year history among which are: the Black Panthers, the Satanic church, the Hell’s Angels, the hippie movement, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and the music of the counterculture during the “Summer of Love.” California served as the epicenter of the American eugenics movement.
California also birthed many Christian Movements including the Azusa Street Revival, 1906-1915; Aimee Semple McPherson founded the Foursquare Church in 1927; Billy Graham scheduled a series of revival meetings in Los Angeles in 1949; Campus Crusade for Christ was founded in 1951 at the University California, Los Angeles; Kathryn Kuhlman’s healing ministry has influenced many worldwide healing ministries; the Jesus Movement was birthed in Santa Ana in the late 1960’s and early 70’s; the Charismatic Movement was ignited by Dennis Bennett in Van Nuys in 1960, and the Catholic Renewal launched under Francis McNutt in Los Angeles in the early 1970’s. Although not a complete list, California is a seedbed for future revival.

Almighty God,
California is a womb for so many movements, a land of great influence. We cry out for a Christian people in California who will stand fast, with their head erect, so that the powers and principalities over that State will not be able to subdue the headship of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


Entering into rest

August 29, 2010

2 Corinthians 4:7-9, 17-18 (New International Version)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Father,
We thank You for the promises of Holy Scripture that unlock the door of hope, for the balm of Your perfect strength upon our weakness, and for the peace that passeth understanding. We thank You for the invitation to come to Jesus and find rest unto our souls. Amen. Amen. Amen.


Hebrews 13:1-8

August 29, 2010

Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1)
      Thank you, Jesus, for the brothers and sisters you have given us in the church.

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)
      Thank you, Father, for all those you have sent to us.

Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also. (Hebrews 13:3)
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From 1928 BCP)

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4)
      Holy Spirit, move in the marriages among us and heal and restore.

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For he himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
      Lord Jesus, you are my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? (From Hebrews 13:6)

Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. (Hebrews 13:7)
      Jesus, anoint Bishop Bill with your word and Spirit each day.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for being our steady rock. Help us to stand on you daily. Thank you.

Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. (Hebrews 13:9a)
      Lord Jesus, we cry out to you for those among us who have been carried away by strange doctrines: bring them back to you — carry them back into the flock. Raise up shepherds to speak your word of truth to them. Thank you.

Sunday: 148, 149, 150; * 114, 115; Job 11:1-9,13-20; Revelation 5:1-14; Matthew 5:1-12
      HC: 112; Ecclesiasticus 10:(7-11)12-18; Hebrews 13:1-8; Luke 14:1,7-14
Monday: 25; * 9, 15; Job 12:1-6,13-25; Acts 11:19-30; John 8:21-32

Albany Intercessor