John 8:12

December 31, 2010

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

      Jesus, let your light shine forth in our lives and in the life of our parishes and diocese. Give your light to the shepherds who lead this diocese and the parishes in it. Lord, you word is a lamp unto our feet and light for our path. Thank you.

      Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts for the Parish Leadership Conferences and the Diocesan Convention.

      Father, thank you for giving us light to see by in your word.

      I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
      And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

      From the Watch Night Service by John Wesley.

A word received: Call my people to me. Pray they will refresh the weary with the good news of the gospel.

Dec. 31: 46, 48 * –; Isaiah 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Eve of Holy Name: — * 90; Isaiah 65:15b-25; Rev. 21:1-6
Holy Name: 103 * 148; Gen. 17:1-12a, 15-16; Col. 2:6-12; John 16:23b-30
      HC: Holy Name January 1: 8; Exodus 34:1-8; Romans 1:1-7 or Philippians 2:9-13; Luke 2:15-21

      Notes from the Front Line

THE LIGHT OF CHRIST by Donald Fishel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWyKuGvwO50&feature=related
Don Moen – The Light of Christ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZYr0D7_GWs&feature=related

Albany Intercessor


Sudan’s gates

December 31, 2010

Some observers believe that Islamists in Khartoum supported and funded by the Arab world consider South Sudan the “gateway” to the Islamization and Arabization of all of Africa.

Song of Solomon 7:13 (New King James Version)
The mandrakes give off a fragrance,
And at our gates are pleasant fruits,
All manner, new and old,
Which I have laid up for you, my beloved.

O Father,
We claim the Blood of the Lamb over the lintel and side posts of the spiritual gateways to Southern Sudan. She is Your beloved. Let death pass her by.
We proclaim the fruit of Your Holy Spirit at the spiritual gateways–pleasant fruits, all manner, new and old. Let there be a profusion of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
We call on the wind of Your Holy Spirit to continuously blow the fragrance of new life over every spiritual gate. New life! New life! New life! New life! Amen.
Exodus 12, Song of Solomon 7:13

A previous prayer on the gates of Sudan may be found here.


Hawaii

December 30, 2010

This is the last of a prayer series for our nation. Last January, we prayed for the federal government, and commenced praying for the states one at a time. Every state was prayed for. Thank you, dear readers.

From Hawaii Revised Statutes:

§5-9 State motto. The motto “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono,” is adopted, established, and designated as the official motto of the State. It is translated into English to mean “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” [L 1959, JR 4, §1; Supp, §14-5.3; HRS §5-9; am L 1979, c 145, §2]

Father, we declare Your righteousness over the land of this beautiful state. Amen.


Isaiah 25:1-9

December 30, 2010

O LORD, you are my God. I will exalt you, I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things; your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. (Isaiah 25:1)
      LORD, restore to the common life of your church and your people your counsels of old, for they are faithful and true.

For you have made a city a ruin, a fortified city a ruin, a palace of foreigners to be a city no more; it will never be rebuilt. (Isaiah 25:2)
      Jesus, we see the ruins of much that we thought was secure and strong in your church: repair the breach and restore the streets to dwell in. (See Isaiah 58:12)

Therefore the strong people will glorify you; the city of the terrible nations will fear you. (Isaiah 25:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us find our strength in you so that we may fear and glorify Jesus and his father (and our father).

For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. (Isaiah 25:4)
      Jesus, you will satisfy our soul in drought and strengthen our bones. You will make of us a watered garden and a spring of water whose waters do not fail. (See Isaiah 58:11) Let the Diocesan Convention of 2011 be a watered garden.

You will reduce the noise of aliens, as heat in a dry place; as heat in the shadow of a cloud, the song of the terrible ones will be diminished. (Isaiah 25:5)
      Father, shut the lions’ mouths as you did for Daniel and protect us from the strife of tongues (See Psalm 31:20).

      Lord Jesus, stop the accusers of the brethren as you did with the woman caught in adultery (See John 7:53-8:11). Protect Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina and this diocese.

And in this mountain The LORD of hosts will make for all people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees. (Isaiah 25:6)
      LORD, help all of us in this diocese hear your call to come to your banquet table.

And he will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. (Isaiah 25:7)
      Lord Jesus Christ, please remove the veil from our eyes.

He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 25:8 )
      Jesus, thank you for wiping away the tears from our eyes, for sending your comforter, the Holy Spirit.

And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9)
      Behold, LORD, you are our God, we have waited for you, and you will save us; we will be glad in you and rejoice in your salvation.

Dec. 30: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 23, 27; Isaiah 25:1-9; Rev. 1:9-20; John 7:53-8:11
Dec. 31: 46, 48 * –; Isaiah 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Eve of Holy Name: — * 90; Isaiah 65:15b-25; Rev. 21:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Check out http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2010/12/watered-garden-and-loving-god.html

Albany Intercessor


Alaska

December 29, 2010

In 1939, at the beginning stages of WWII, the U.S. government was considering ways to relax immigration quotas and allow European setters (mostly German Jews) to come to Alaska as a way to develop America’s frontier. At that time a letter arrived in Washington, D.C., from Nazi Germany’s Bruno Rosenthal, the leader of the Jewish community in the town of Neustadt, Germany. He was requesting, on behalf of 30 men, women and children to immigrate to Alaska.
After interviewing a cross section of local leaders, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner printed an article with the conclusion in a headline atop the front page: “German Jews Unsuited For Alaska Settlers Is Prevailing View Here.” Their request was denied. All of these people died in the concentration camps.
In the last few years, there has been much work done in identificational repentance between the church and the Jewish community. Christians United for Israel Alaska has held events over the last three years. In 2009, an event, “A Night to Honor Israel” a pastor read the names of those who made the request and repented that Christians did not stand up. Then governor, Sarah Palin repented to the Jewish Community for the refused request in 1939. Governor Palin declared that Alaska would not close her doors to those needing refuge again and that Alaska would stand with the Nation of Israel. Inroads of communication and trust have been established with the Orthodox and the liberal Synagogues as well as the political lobbyist group, AIPAC.

Genesis 12:3 (Amplified Bible)
And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].

Father,
We thank You for the blood of Your Son that covers the sins of those who fear You. Your unfailing love is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. Bless the state of Alaska, we pray. Amen.
Psalm 103:11-12


John 7:37-39

December 29, 2010

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38 )

      Jesus, I thirst for more of you, help me come to you and drink.

      Lord Jesus, I believe in you – let your rivers of living water flow out from me.

But this he spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:39)

      Holy Spirit, fall on us — fill us anew with your transforming power.

      Father, help us throughout this diocese to receive all that you want to give us. Thank you.

Dec. 29: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50*; Isaiah 12:1-6; Rev. 1:1-8; John 7:37-52
Dec. 30: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 23, 27; Isaiah 25:1-9; Rev. 1:9-20; John 7:53-8:11

Albany Intercessor


Eye-in-the-Sky

December 29, 2010

A human rights project using satellite imagery that the general public can access is being launched to help deter a resumption of war between north and south Sudan linked to a crucial referendum in January. The Satellite Sentinel Project, which is backed by American actor George Clooney, combines satellite imagery analysis and field reports with Google’s Map Maker technology to monitor the area marking the boundary between the nation of Sudan and Southern Sudan, which is expected to become Africa’s 55th country, following the voting that begins on 9 January. The Satellite Sentinel Project will be available on December 29 at http://www.satsentinel.org.
Interestingly, in the Hebraic calendar, we are in the decade of Ayin. The word “Ayin” means – eye; to see, and by extension, to understand and obey. It also means “Divine Providence”.

Praise God!


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