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.

Father,
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.


Matthew 5:43-48 and Sunday School Lesson

February 25, 2011

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” (Matthew 5:43-44)
      Holy Spirit, please give us a heart of prayer for the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori.

“that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45)
      Father, please help us be part of your rain; help us rain down prayer and blessing on the visit of the Presiding Bishop and on this diocese.

“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:46-48 )
      Jesus, please bring us to the maturity and wholeness that you desire for us. Thank you.

STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 21, February 27, 2011
            Lectionary A, Eighth Sunday after Epiphany
Theme Verse: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Readings: Matthew 6:24-34; 1 Corinthians 4:1-13; Isaiah 49:8-18; Psalm 62
Memory Verse: “And what do you have that you did not receive?” 1 Corinthians 4:7b
Next Week: Matthew 17:1-9; Philippians 3:7-14; Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 99
      Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34

A word received: I want you to look at the poor widow. (See Mark 12:41-44) She had the freedom in me to give of herself. I want you to find that same freedom in me. Look at flowers — even the most humble is full of beauty. I have clothed them and I will clothe you. Turn to me and let me care for you.

      Epistle: 1 Corinthians 4:1-13

A word received: Pray for all those who suffer for the sake of my name.
      Pray that my people will not be puffed up with pride; rather that they will acknowledge all that they have received out of my hand.

      Old Testament: Isaiah 49:8-18

A word received: Look to me and see what I will do when you turn to me.

      Psalm: Psalm 62

A word received: I AM the cornerstone — build on me.
      I AM the rock of refuge — flee to my arms.
      I AM the Holy One — look to me for help in times of trouble.

(verse 8 ) ” Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” A word received: Pour out your heart to me and seek my comfort — my Holy Spirit. Find your refuge in my father’s arms.

Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Ruth 3:1-18; 2 Cor. 4:1-12; Matthew 5:38-48
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Ruth 4:1-17; 2 Cor. 4:13-5:10; Matthew 6:1-6

Albany Intercessor


Libya: Praying for Christians Serving There

February 24, 2011

Thanks to Kendall Harmon of TitusOneNine for linking an article that gives some specific names and details of Christian clergy ministering to expatriates in Libya. It is good to have some names and details in order to pray specifically.

Here’s the article.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Catholic Church, the largest Christian denomination in Libya, has been allowed two places of worship: St. Francis Church in the capital of Tripoli and Immaculate Conception church in Benghazi. There are also Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox and some Pentecostal churches.

The priests serve more than 80,000 Christians who come from Asia, Africa and Europe. Together with the pastoral care service, the church also offers social services to large number of African immigrants. Nearly 100 nuns are working in hospitals and health centers in various places.

With violence intensifying, Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, apostolic vicar of Tripoli, was quoted in media reports on Feb. 22 as saying that many Christians were going into the churches to pray for peace.

“The two churches in Tripoli and Benghazi have not suffered any damages,” he said. “The different communities of religious sisters working in hospitals in Cyrenaica (the eastern coastal region of Libya, which includes Benghazi, Tobruk and other areas), are busy treating those wounded in clashes.”


Middle East and North Africa

February 24, 2011

Daniel 2:20-21 (New King James Version)
Daniel answered and said:

“ Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.

Father, we lean on You and not our own understanding.

Joel 2:12-13 (New King James Version)
“ Now, therefore,” says the LORD,

“ Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the LORD your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.

Father, how we have failed to share the good news. What willful creatures we are. Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy.

Ephesians 1:17 (New King James Version)
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

Father, teach us how to pray for the Middle East and Africa. Show us what small part You would have each of us to do to establish Your kingdom in this region as it is in heaven.

Dear intercessors, last week, when I asked the Lord how to pray for the Middle East, I received the word “Fast.” I did not immediately obey, putting my schedule first. I did not share the word, knowing that it is a hard one. Forgive me, please. I do think the instruction still stands. This is a critical moment in world history, and the events will unfold for months, at least. I encourage everyone to develop a regular pattern of fasting for the Middle East and northern Africa.–JW


The power of joy

February 24, 2011

The protests, from Morocco to Iran, appear to be spreading even further. There are rumors that western Africa may be next.

Philippians 4:4 (New King James Version)
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Lord, we rejoice over Your sovereignty.

Nehemiah 8:10 (New King James Version)
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Lord, we rejoice that, in the midst of anger, fear, grief, and uncertainty, You strengthen those who turn to You.

John 15:11 (New King James Version)
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
Lord, we rejoice that Your word shall not return to You empty.

Proverbs 17:22 (New King James Version)
A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.

Lord, we rejoice that You can heal the spirits of these people.


Ruth 2:14-19

February 24, 2011

Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back. And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.” (Ruth 2:14-16)
      Father, as Boaz made provision for Ruth, please help us make provision for the poor around us.

So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. Then she took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. So she brought out and gave to her what she had kept back after she had been satisfied. (Ruth 2:17-18 )
      Jesus, please help us share as Ruth did with Naomi and provide for members of our family who are in need.

And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where have you gleaned today? And where did you work? Blessed be the one who took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.” (Ruth 2:19)
      Holy Spirit, please bless those who take notice of the poor.

A word received: Pray that my word will lodge in the hearts of my people.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Ruth 2:14-23; 2 Cor. 3:1-18; Matthew 5:27-37
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Ruth 3:1-18; 2 Cor. 4:1-12; Matthew 5:38-48

Albany Intercessor


Iraq

February 23, 2011

A ‘Day of Rage’ has been scheduled for Friday. However, the demands are mixed.
The formation of the government under Prime Minister Maliki has been gridlocked for an extended period of time. The graft is on an incredible scale, and the people suffer.

Jesus, You are the way, the truth, and the life. We speak Your name over the nation of Iraq. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus . . .


Psalm 119:145-147

February 23, 2011

I cry out with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes. (Psalm 119:145)
      Father, thank you for hearing our cry.

I cry out to you; save me, and I will keep your testimonies. (Psalm 119:146)
      Jesus, you are my savior; write your word on my heart and help me keep to your ways.

I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in your word. (Psalm 119:147)
      Holy Spirit, please help us find hope and comfort in your words to us. Let your Scriptures come alive for us and burn in our hearts. Thank you!

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Ruth 2:1-13; 2 Cor. 1:23-2:17; Matthew 5:21-26
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Ruth 2:14-23; 2 Cor. 3:1-18; Matthew 5:27-37

Albany Intercessor


Libya

February 23, 2011

From the BBC:

Many Libyan diplomats, including the country’s ambassador to the US, have turned their backs on Col Gaddafi and are urging the international community to take action. They have urged the UN to impose a no-fly zone over the country in protest.
Interior Minister Abdel Fattah Younes al-Abidi is reported to have resigned on Tuesday evening, and to urged the army to “join and heed the people’s demands”. Justice Minister Mustapha Abdeljalil reportedly resigned on Monday.

Genesis 1:2-3 (Amplified Bible)
The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.

Dear Heavenly Father,
The government of Libya is without form as it dissolves. May Your Spirit brood and hover over this land and its people. We join our voices with the company of saints and say, “Let there be light!” Amen.


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