Matthew 6:8-13

February 28, 2011

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:8 )
      Father, thank you for knowing our every need and hearing our every cry!

“In this manner, therefore, pray:” (Matthew 6:9a)
      Jesus, please establish your patterns of prayer among us.

“Our Father in heaven,” (Matthew 6:9b)
      Father, thank you for your giving us your Spirit of adoption so that we can know you as our father.

“Hallowed be your name.” (Matthew 6:9c)
      Father, please help us keep your name holy.

“Your kingdom come.” (Matthew 6:10a)
      Father, establish your kingdom in our hearts and in our lives.

“Your will be done” (Matthew 6:10b)
      Father, we pray for your will and purposes to be accomplished among us. Do your will in our family.

“On earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10c)
      Father, we ask for your will be done in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia , Algeria, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Yemen, the Gulf States, Sudan (North and South), Israel, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Turkey.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)
      Father, thank you for your provision for us.

“And forgive us our debts,” (Matthew 6:12a)
      Father, thank you for sending your son Jesus to us and to the cross so that the debt of our sin could be lifted from us.

“As we forgive our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12b)
      Father, fill us anew with your life-giving Holy Spirit so that we will find the freedom to forgive others. Move among us with this desire to forgive and help us pray for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori.

“And do not lead us into temptation,” (Matthew 6:13a)
      Father, please preserve our hearts during times of hard testing.

“But deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:13b)
      Father, please cover us with the blood of Jesus and help us cling to his cross through ever storm and temptation and attack of the evil one.

“For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13c)
      Father, please establish your kingdom in our hearts and throughout this diocese. Thank you.

Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Deuteronomy 4:9-14; 2 Corinthians 10:1-18; Matthew 6:7-15
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Deuteronomy 4:15-24; 2 Corinthians 11:1-21a; Matthew 6:16-23

Albany Intercessor

Matthew 6:24-34

February 27, 2011

A word received: Come follow me.

      24″No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
      25″THEREFORE I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
      28″So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
      31″THEREFORE do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34THEREFORE do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:24-34, New King James Version)

A word received: You have made the choice to follow me; now rest in my arms.

Note: A choice to serve him is a choice to trust him.
Note: One of the consequences of trusting him is that you find the freedom to give of yourself.

      Jesus, please help us daily follow you and rest in your arms.

Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Deuteronomy 4:1-9; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; John 12:1-8
HC: 62 or 62:6-14; Isaiah 49:8-18; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5(6-7)8-13; Matthew 6:24-34
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Deuteronomy 4:9-14; 2 Corinthians 10:1-18; Matthew 6:7-15

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table Report

February 26, 2011

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, February 26, 2011, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Lots of snow from yesterday, not many people out on the street. Torre Bissell and Bob Baker on State St., Mark Pasko, and Carol MacNaughton on Albany St.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

State St:

+Doris — “Everything.” We gave her a Bible. She came from Guyana a year ago.

Steve (regular) — For business opportunities and to start his own business.

+Anthony — “For all the homeless and those in need.” He thanked God that he is able to go to sleep each night and wake up each morning.

Bill (regular) — He fell down yesterday and got a concussion. We prayed for no more epileptic seizures and for a wife and companion for him.

+Eddie “For the world and all the suffering.”

+Ezekiel (young man) — “That I can find a job to help my parents.”

+Art and +Kevin — “A friend from Barbados told us to come encourage you. We have come to encourage you.”

+Tiana (woman) — “For my daughter Vivian.”

Albany St:

Ashton — Help him and his family — lift their burdens (already has a cross)

+Yolanda — Strength; her family, +Shalanda, her daughter.

++Kenyetta — her family — she and her husband Rayneo

+++Yanet Mata — For her and her two daughters (Spanish speaking, understood English when we spoke slowly.)

Iranian warships in Syria

February 26, 2011

Egypt gave permission for Iranian warships to pass the Suez Canal. The ships are now docked in Syria. The commander of the Iranian Navy stated that one of the goals of the mission is to provide training to students of the Imam Khomeini Naval Academy, which is located on the Caspian Sea.

Modern Syria was created as a French mandate and attained independence in April 1946, as a parliamentary republic. Syria has been under Emergency Law since 1962, effectively suspending most constitutional protections for citizens, and its system of government is considered non-democratic.
The country has been governed by the Baath Party since 1963, although actual power is concentrated to the presidency and a narrow grouping of military and political strongmen. Syria’s current president is Bashar al-Assad, who is the son of Hafez al-Assad, who held office from 1970 until his death in 2000. Syria has played a major regional role, particularly through its central role in the Arab conflict with Israel, which since 1967 has occupied the Golan Heights, and by active involvement in Lebanese and Palestinian affairs.

All day long You have stretched out Your hands to the nation Israel. Shield them, we pray. Amen.
Romans 10:21

Deliver us of fleshly motives

February 26, 2011

“My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you” (Gal 4:19).
Lord, we thank You for the countless saints through whom You have labored to build up our spirits, souls, and bodies.
“For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (2 Cor. 4:11).
Lord, stir a spirit of fasting among the intercessors for the Middle East. We pray that the life of Jesus will be manifest in the mortal flesh of the intercessors and in the Christians who reside in the Middle East and northern Africa.

2 Corinthians 4:13-18

February 26, 2011

And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, (2 Corinthians 4:13)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily share the good news of what Jesus has done for us. Help us share of our faith and belief in Jesus and his resurrection and speak words of hope and assurance.

knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. (2 Corinthians 4:14)
      Holy Spirit, you raised Jesus from the dead, raise the parishes and people of this diocese to new life.

For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:15)
      Jesus, let your grace and mercy flood this diocese and cause us all to come to you with thanksgiving.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
      Holy Spirit, renew us day by day in the inward man.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 )
      Jesus, please help us keep our eyes on the prize: eternal life with you in your arms.

A word received: Don’t be afraid.

Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Ruth 4:1-17; 2 Cor. 4:13-5:10; Matthew 6:1-6
Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Deuteronomy 4:1-9; 2 Timothy 4:1-8; John 12:1-8
HC: 62 or 62:6-14; Isaiah 49:8-18; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5(6-7)8-13; Matthew 6:24-34

Albany Intercessor

Tanks open fire on monasteries

February 26, 2011

Egyptian armed forces attacked two Coptic monasteries, injuring 19 people.

Father Hemanot Ava Bishoy said the army fired live ammunition and RPGs continuously for 30 minutes, which hit part of the ancient fence inside the monastery. “The army was shocked to see the monks standing there praying ‘Lord have mercy’ without running away. This is what really upset them,” he said. “As the soldiers were demolishing the gate and the fence they were chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘Victory, Victory’.”

Psalm 68:30 (Amplified Bible)
Rebuke the wild beasts dwelling among the reeds [in Egypt], the herd of bulls (the leaders) with the calves of the peoples; trample underfoot those who lust for tribute money; scatter the peoples who delight in war.

May it be so, Lord. May it be so.

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