Romans 5:19-21

March 31, 2011

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)
      Jesus, please bring us to the obedience that produces righteousness.

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, (Romans 5:20)
      Jesus, thank you for multiplying your grace among us.

so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21)
      Jesus, thank you for the gift and hope of eternal life with you.

A word received: Come to me.

Thursday: [83] or 42, 43 * 85, 86; Jeremiah 10:11-24; Romans 5:12-21; John 8:21-32
Friday: 95 & 88 * 91, 92; Jeremiah 11:1-8, 14-20; Romans 6:1-11; John 8:33-47

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative, 10th Retreat, March 28-30, 2011 – Day 3 – Final Day, Wed, Mar 30th – Please Praise God!
      10th Welcome Home Retreat (28-30 Mar 11)
            Day 3 — Final Day — Wed, Mar 30th, 2011
To All Our Prayer Warriors Who Intercede for the Welcome Home Initiative:
      The final day of most activities always bring joy, often tinged with a little sadness. It has been so good and refreshing to be in the presence of the Lord, but now we must go out into the world, which is so beautiful yet so dysfunctional in so many ways. We live in the world but must try not to adopt or live in the pattern of its dysfunction. Rather, we aspire to live lives of authenticity and dynamism with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. And with our neighbor. So, we went out (home) with joy, praying for each other and particularly praying for those Veterans going home to places such as Brooklyn, NY.
      The joy started at breakfast time with a quick visit from Chaplain (Colonel) Eric Olsen, the State Guard Chaplain for New York State. He is an old friend and a previous Closing Ceremony speaker. He had recently recognized the Spiritual Life Center as a founding member of the NY National Guard ‘Partners-in-Care’ program. PIC is designed to encourage local churches and organizations to reach out to their local armories and offer whatever help they can to the Soldiers. Many units will deploy for the second time later this year (many individuals have completed more than two deployments). This will be the biggest deployment of Guard Soldiers from NYS since the Vietnam War and we are privileged and proud to be a founder member of PIC, encouraging others to care for their local Soldiers too.
      After breakfast we were able to spend about an hour or more praying individually for each Veteran, his wife and for other caregivers present. For the first time on a WHI Retreat we split into two groups to pray, one being led by Fr. Nigel and the other by +Dave Bena. This reminded us that this Retreat was the largest one to date. Many said it was the most blessed one to date! Having asked each person, “May we pray for you?” and “How?” we respectfully asked permission of each if they were happy to be anointed with oil and to have hands laid on them. Each person was then prayed for as they asked and as the Spirit led. The Lord was there, ministering His love and grace. It was visible on many people’s faces. Several prophetic words were given. Words of knowledge were shared. For at least one person, the Spirit-filled words came in the language of the Spirit and were received in the same manner. It was a most precious and holy time.
      Then came a sudden change of pace. We needed to be at the Great Hall, up the hill, for the Closing Ceremony. Having several aged and infirm Veterans, this took a little time but we made it for a group photo of the Veterans to take place.
      At around 11 AM, the Veterans ‘marched’ in to the beautifully decorated Christ the King Chapel for the Closing. The Chapel was about half full but their applause more than made up for a somewhat disappointingly small turnout (even though it was very pleasing that many had traveled 40 or 50 miles or more to be there.) After the Greenwich Honor Guard had marched in the Colors, a group of about twenty five 5th and 6th graders from a Christian school in Troy presented each Veteran with a thank you card and a beautiful hand painted picture. To see the respectful seriousness with which the boys and girls presented their gifts touched everyone’s heart. Later the group sang the National Anthem very beautifully. A lady from the Willard Mountain group of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented a pin to each Veteran along with the thanks of the whole DAR group for their service. We received greetings and best wishes from a representative of our local Congressman. Then, Major General Bob Dees was introduced and spoke very inspiringly for about 20-25 minutes. Some highlights from his message of encouragement were:
      His Christian candor and honesty was deeply appreciated by all the Veterans, many of who commented most favorably on the inspirational quality of his talk. Each person felt as though Bob was talking individually to them.
      He thanked each Veteran and wife by first name. He thanked each caregiver (including Chaplains present) and each family member for the love and care they give to ‘their’ Veteran. “Where would we be without you?”, Bob asked each group. He also challenged each caregiver to consider how they might get themselves replenished when their ‘wells of courage’ become depleted.
      That for some, today might be the first time anyone had had ‘welcome home’ said to them.
      Our Veterans are like the outer skin of the body of the nation. When the ‘skin’ gets broken, bruised and hurt it is a serious matter. The nation bleeds. Some wounds heal from the outside in. But often the Veterans’ wound can only be healed from the inside out, since war assaults the soul and mind before it hurts the body.
      An orchestra tunes up for a concert often using middle C as the common note to tune in on. We need to tune our lives in on the central C of creation — Christ. As the orchestra has a way of ‘finding’ middle C, so, if we look for Him, Christ shows Himself to us. Christ knows us and everything about us. He loves us. He wants to make us whole. Bob illustrated his points with some lovely stories about Veterans who had committed themselves to the Lord and had been wonderfully set free in their souls, and then gone on to help others, including a sniper in Afghanistan.
      We were challenged to be better and not bitter. God-reliant and not self-reliant. Bob told two stories of folk from years ago who had experienced terrible and consistent trauma in their lives for many years. They had been able to grow spiritually and, therefore, as human beings, by having good attitudes in spite of all their trials and sufferings. One, Fanny Crosby, blind from a young age, was still able to write the inspiring words of a well known hymn, ‘Perfect submission, perfect delight! Visions of rapture now burst on my sight.’ (Hymn Blessed Assurance; underling by the author of this update). And, ‘Now Thank We All, Our God’ (German Hymn from 1636), whose author was the only surviving pastor in his city during the Thirty Years War. In one year, he buried over 4,000 people who had died because of famine and plague, including his wife. He frequently had 50 funerals a day). The example of these two saints should inspire us today. As should the example of a Soldier, terribly burned in war, who was so grateful that God had shown him mercy. In spite of the horrible pain and disfigurement he suffers, he has grown in faith and as a person, way beyond the trauma he has suffered. He has (not always easily) learned great patience, been blessed with hope and filled with joy. This is a mystery of God’s healing work in us but it enables us to go and be a comfort to others who suffer in similar ways.
      Finally, Bob commended 2 Cor 4 to us as the ‘resiliency’ chapter of the Bible. Read it. Pray for and do what it says and we will manifest the life and ministry of Jesus in our mortal flesh.
      After Bob, came two power-filled testimonies. The first was from a female Veteran who had no idea what the Retreat was about when she arrived on Monday (now that’s faith, to drive 4 hours to come to a Retreat about which she had no knowledge!) and left today so excited and grateful that she came. She saw God’s beauty in the place and in the hearts of those attending. She had received the Father’s blessing from one of our hosts. She said we are healed to be an extension to other’s healing. She offered to work with the SLC and another female Veteran to help us run a Female Veteran’s Retreat at the SLC. We are excited about this and have been praying for it for over 2 years and now it seems the Lord might be putting a suitable team together to organize and run it. Dates will be announced in due course.
      The other testimony was from an Army Vietnam War Warrior in the Big Red One Division. Part of his war job had been to prepare bodies (in all sorts of conditions) to be evacuated by air from the war zone. He had been haunted by staring eyes and broken skulls ever since and had not had a good night’s sleep. Sometimes he suffered terrible nightmares. Fr. Nigel prayed for him on the first afternoon but the prayer seemed not to have been answered on Monday night. He was prayed for again on Tuesday. Today, Wednesday, his countenance was entirely different. He had slept restfully for 8 hours and awoke with a sense of God saying to him, ‘go, lay hands on people and pray for them to be healed.’ Today, during the prayer time, he started his new ministry! Hallelujah (even though it’s Lent ).
      Then one of the wives, a member of the Brooklyn Tabernacle choir, sang a beautiful prophetic song. The service came to an end and ‘Welcome Home’ was said to each Veteran. Then it was time for lunch, final ‘goodbyes’ and, for most, a journey to the airport or by car, home.
      John 21:25 — And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which, if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books which were written.’ (Author’s note: Other deeds included deliverance for at least one Veteran. And, in this day and age I suppose written books must include emails, Facebook pages, blogs, Twitter ‘tweets’ etc ).
      The whole Welcome Home Initiative team thanks you so much for all your prayers!

Albany Intercessor


Primate of Japan

March 31, 2011

The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu:

Now, above all, what we really would like the church across the world to do is support us by praying. The Japanese Church is a small church, but knowing that brothers and sisters in the worldwide Communion are praying for victims and the church’s relief activities, that gives them strength. I would also be very grateful if they would support us financially now and in the future so that we can help restore people’s lives and our church communities.

L&B’s prayers can be found here.


Hindrances to prayer, part 3

March 30, 2011

Hebrews 11:6 (Young’s Literal Translation)
and apart from faith it is impossible to please well, for it behoveth him who is coming to God to believe that He is, and to those seeking Him He becometh a rewarder.
I have not trusted that You are fully present in every situation, especially _______.

Mark 11:22-24 (The Message)
Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it’s as good as done. That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.
I have lacked the expectation that You yearn to be present in every aspect of my life.

Daniel 10:12-14 (New American Standard Bible)
Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.
“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
“Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”

I have been blind to the spiritual reality.
Have mercy, Lord, and forgive all these, my sins. Amen.


A Litany for Our Hearts from Exodus 6-11

March 30, 2011

            A Litany for Our Hearts

But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 7: 3)
      Holy Spirit, soften the hearts of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church.

Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard (Exodus 7: 13)
      Holy Spirit, soften the hearts of the President and his advisors.

Pharaoh’s heart became hard (Exodus 7: 22)
      Holy Spirit, soften the hearts of the judges in this land.

But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart (Exodus 8: 15)
      Holy Spirit, soften the hearts of the members of Congress.

But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, (Exodus 8: 19)
      Holy Spirit, soften our hearts and help us listen to you.

But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart (Exodus 8: 32)
      Holy Spirit, help us and our leaders repent of our hardened hearts.

But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen (Exodus 9: 12)
      LORD, in our time give us government that heeds you and your word.

He and his officials hardened their hearts. (Exodus 9: 34)
      Jesus, move in the hearts of the officials of this land.

So Pharaoh’s heart was hard (Exodus 9: 35)
      LORD, we say the words, but our hearts are still heart. Move among us and soften our hearts.

“Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials” (Exodus 10: 1)
      Holy Spirit, raise up witness to the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and the rulers of this nation.

But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, (Exodus 10: 20)
      LORD, let your word, your living word, lodge in our hearts.

But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 10: 27)
      LORD, come among us and soften our hearts.

Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 11: 10)
      LORD, we have seen your work among us and yet our hearts are still hard; have mercy on us.

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Jeremiah 8:18-9:6; Romans 5:1-11; John 8:12-20
Thursday: [83] or 42,43 * 85, 86; Jeremiah 10:11-24; Romans 5:12-21; John 8:21-32

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative, 10th Retreat, March 28-30, 2011 – Day 2, Mon, Mar 29th – Please Pray!
10th Welcome Home Retreat (28-30 Mar 11)
Day 2 — Tue, Mar 29th, 2011
To All Our Prayer Warriors Who Intercede for the Welcome Home Initiative:
      Thank you to everyone who has sent back an email of encouragement and/or inspiration. We are grateful for these, but can you leave them until the retreat is over, please! Time management issues in reading and, sometimes, answering them albeit briefly! But don’t want to sound ungrateful one iota!
      After breakfast on Tuesday morning (during which most of the hosts met separately to share experiences and prayer needs) we got started on the PTS Day soon after 9:00 AM. The whole morning session, split into two distinct parts, was moderated by a host in a way designed to get the Veterans and their spouses thinking for themselves and discussing between themselves. We were in one large group considering what is combat operational stress, combat trauma, post-traumatic syndrome all about. The session hinged around the question, “What has it been like for you and your family since your Veteran came home?”
      A couple of times during the morning, Veterans were encouraged and exhorted not to try and put right federal and state systems that might not be working but to give themselves the gift (albeit painful for many) of considering the question from the standpoint of their own personal lives. Some excellent points made. Towards the end of the session, before we stopped for a break, a Navy Veteran, a Chaplain, clearly articulated how his war experiences had driven him to reconsider the whole basis of his life, the attitudes of his birth culture, and his ministry. He decided his past was not going to ruin his present or his future. He felt he had to rise above all that was holding him back from being healed — his life, his birth culture, his ministry — and move on. Some would say he was seeking post-trauma healing. Others, that he found resiliency. He had suffered unspeakable trauma, which he never sought or desired, but by the grace of Jesus, the Healer, he eventually found new life and started again. Much as he wanted things to be as they were before he deployed they would never be so. He had changed and so had his family. Although healing didn’t happen quickly, or as quickly as he wanted it to, he was transformed by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. He was set free. His soul was given a gift from God, which accepted. He knew that God brought him through the trials and sufferings he had experienced so he could help and comfort others. He had persevered, grown in character, become full of hope instead of despair and had committed his life to helping fellow Veterans. He found a deep love for others which Jesus put into his heart. The layers of his artichoke had been peeled off, leaving a tasty heart! And all this happened to a man who said that when he came back from war, “I was in shock! I couldn’t readjust. I could not function with the values and priorities I had when I came home. Too much had changed. I realized that nothing would ever be the same. I went out, got retrained and started life again. This time I wanted to be more like Jesus and wanted to do more for him!” At least one other Veteran shared a similar story but in his own very individual and unique way, coming through the valley of darkness into the light of the Lord. Things are still not easy today, but he is not going backwards and is on the path towards the true and only Light, Jesus.
      This was not an easy session and we ‘lost’ a couple of Veterans to feelings of nausea, headaches, pain and feeling under the weather. Remarks such as these characterized the conversation:
      USMC Veteran: “I had delayed reaction. It took nearly 10 years to realize I had trauma and I’ve been fighting it for another 10 years.”
      Army Veteran: “My marriage was destroyed. I was destroying it and I didn’t recognize it.”
      Female Army Veteran: “I was fed up being told I didn’t have trauma when I knew I had.”
      USMC Veteran: “I put my wife through hell and didn’t realize it.” Later, “I’m still learning about PTSD.”
      Female Army Veteran: “Even though the Army is trying hard to deal with trauma, suicide and divorce issues, they are still stigmas, especially when mentally based. Soldiers are coming forward sooner than before but it is still not soon enough. We are trained to keep it all in.”
      Female Army Veteran: “For me, isolating myself was a major factor — and often I wanted to do it.”
      Air Force Veteran: “It has been like opening Pandora’s Box and not knowing what is coming out next. I want to get rid of the Box.
      After a break, we followed up with a brief discussion about the need to keep the different parts of our beings fit and healthy. These are the physical, the emotional, relational and the spiritual – the foundational part upon which all the other parts fit together as a whole. We broke for lunch with the request that we each consider these different parts and think of ideas for ourselves on how we might grow in overall health in each of these areas.
      After lunch we split into two groups — Veterans and Spouses. In the Veterans group a host explained, using his own experiences, about the value of telling our story. Jesus, the Healer, had ministered to him over the years as he had told his story from time to time in the right environment. Sometimes he had ‘seen’ Jesus in the depths of a terrible situation taking the burden of it on Himself. Our host had been substantially set free and filled with joy. At this stage the group split into 5 smaller groups and each person in each group was given the opportunity to share his or her story and receive prayer. It was reported that Christ seemed to be doing some significant things in people’s souls. In the group the author led, this was certainly so. Meanwhile, the spouses reported back that they also had a good and productive time of sharing, which had ended with many of them making pretty bracelets of colored beads as they talked. During this time, our Closing Ceremony speaker, Bob Dees and his wife, Kathleen, arrived and immediately joined the groups, settling in quickly and contributing measurably to the ministry of the groups they joined. Praise God for answered prayer concerning their travel and also about what Jesus did in the small groups!
      Immediately after small groups, soaking prayer was ‘soaked’ up by one or two folk and there was an opportunity for anyone who wanted to do so to have their confession heard in private, receiving absolution.
      Tuesday evening saw a change of pace and tone in the retreat as we tried to lighten proceedings with comedy and an inspirational preview of a Christian show called ‘Godspell’, which is taking place at the SLC on 7, 8 and 9 April. We were wonderfully encouraged by this performance skillfully produced and performed by staff from the SLC. We thanked God that those Veterans who had felt ill earlier in the day felt well enough to join us again, but please keep praying for them as they are still troubled by illness. An informal group met in the Great Room in the King’s Inn to fellowship, eat candy and talk. Some good ministry took place during this time too.
      All in all, this was a very long and emotionally tiring day. But we saw God move with great power and Jesus the Healer, heal with beautiful grace and peace. Please keep praying as we enter the third and last day — might it just be a Resurrection Day for some?
The whole Welcome Home Initiative team thanks you so much for all your prayers!

Albany Intercessor


Japan

March 30, 2011

Acts 17:26-28 (New King James Version)
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

Father,
The Japanese are Your offspring. In You they live and move and have their being. You are not far from them. We claim that promise! May they seek You and find You in the midst of their adversity. Amen.


Egypt prayer requests

March 29, 2011

From the Egypt Bible Society. Read the whole summary of the referendum results.

PRAYER REQUESTS
I am therefore writing to ask for your prayers:

1. That all those who voted “no” may not give up on democracy in Egypt but will continue to be involved in the upcoming elections as much and even more than they were in this referendum.

2. That Christians in Egypt may believe that God is still in control even though their recent attempts to influence the political process met with few tangible results.

3. Please pray for discernment and creativity as the Bible Society team continues to develop relevant Scripture resources in response to current needs and events.


Hindrances to prayer, part 2

March 29, 2011

James 1:5-7 (New Living Translation)
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
I have doubted You.

Proverbs 28:9 (English Standard Version)
If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
I have disregarded Your commands, especially ______.

Proverbs 21:13 (English Standard Version)
Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.
I have been stingy.

1 Peter 3:7 (Amplified Bible)
In the same way you married men should live considerately with [your wives], with an intelligent recognition [of the marriage relation], honoring the woman as [physically] the weaker, but [realizing that you] are joint heirs of the grace (God’s unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. [Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.]
I have not honored my spouse, _______.


Exodus 4:10-12

March 29, 2011

Then Moses said to the LORD, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10)
      LORD, we are so often inhibited by our self-perceptions that we don’t speak when we are able.

So the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?” (Exodus 4:11)
      LORD, you are Lord of our lives; you have made us in your image. You are faithful and true. Please put your words in our mouths and help us speak your word to one another.

“Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say. ” (Exodus 4:12)
      Holy Spirit, please give us teachable hearts and minds and mouths.

      Lord Jesus, we bless and curse with our mouths. Cleanse our hearts and give us mouths of blessing. Put your words in our mouths and help us speak them. Thank you.

Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Jeremiah 7:21-34; Romans 4:13-25; John 7:37-52
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Jeremiah 8:18-9:6; Romans 5:1-11; John 8:12-20

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011
From: Dawn Skramstad
Subject: Prayer Table Report – Lake Luzerne
Prayer Table Report – St. Mary’s, Lake Luzerne on Saturday, March 26th in the parish hall at 11:30am prior to the community luncheon with Dcn. Dawn Skramstad. We still have too much snow to hold it outside!

Kathleen – lump on her thyroid which the doctors think is a calcium deposit. She is having tests this week to determine if it is or not so we prayed for healing of the lump and that the tests would be conclusive. Kathleen came to our prayer table last year for prayer prior to eye surgery. Her surgery was very successful and she attributed it to our praying for her so as soon as she saw the prayer table being set up, she came right over for prayer.

Angie – her husband Dennis, who has severe COPD, is in the hospital with an infection. We prayed for healing of the infection, for healing in their marital relationship and healing in their relationships with their son and daughter.

Marge – Prayer for Marge’s cataract surgery this week.

Edith – thanksgiving for her sister’s mammogram coming back clear and her brother continuing to feel well. We prayed for Edith to have relief from the arthritic pain in her shoulder and arm and for the arthritis to be healed.
Blessings! Dcn. Dawn

***** Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:24:30 -0400
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative, 10th Retreat, March 28-30, 2011 – Day 1, Mon, Mar 28th – Please Pray!
      10th Welcome Home Retreat (28-30 Mar 11)
            Day 1 — Mon, Mar 28th, 2011
To All Our Prayer Warriors Who Intercede for the Welcome Home Initiative:
      The Retreat started immediately after lunch Monday and we had an excellent, Spirit-led afternoon and evening. It was a much, much different beginning to any precious WHI Retreat. Everyone seemed very ready and willing to move deeply into prayer and ministry, which on previous Retreats we have not got into until the afternoon of the second day.
      We have a full house of Veterans, male and female and spouses but, in record time and without contriving to do so, we quickly got round all the basic introductions of “What is my name? Where have I come from? Which campaign(s) made me a combat Veteran? Which service did or do I serve in?” Several of us were praying silently asking the Lord, “What do we do now — we still have nearly 1 ½ hours of program time before dinner at 6 pm!” Fr. Nigel bowed his head and suddenly knew what we were to do! The Holy Spirit gave him clear guidance. We prayed for a number of deep healing needs that had been mentioned during the introductions, including sleeplessness, nightmares and terminal cancer diagnoses. Those we prayed for were more than willing to be prayed for, to be anointed with sacred oil and to have hands laid on them. Tears and praises were shared.
      After this, the whole group still assembled together, we had a time of quiet, peaceful personal prayer, simply opening ourselves up to meet God and receive from Him whatever He wanted to give us. In effect this was a time of soaking prayer, although we didn’t refer to it as such. We know from numerous feedback reports that this time was blessed for most, if not all of us, especially some of the team whose lives have been ‘stretched out’ recently. The peace of the Lord that passes all understanding was tangibly present and very refreshing! Thank you Lord for this rather surprising but wonderful start!
      After dinner, Fr. Nigel gave an uncomplicated outline of what PTS is about, its history and some of its effects. He developed his talk to include his own personal experience of 95% plus healing from the PTS he had been diagnosed with 3 years after serving in Northern Ireland. Basically he had ‘imploded’ when he heard about the deaths of four Marines whom he was told he had trained. He felt the training he had imparted to them was inadequate, somehow causing their deaths. He had stuttered and then become totally speechless for a long period of time. He had been hospitalized and his friends were told not to visit him — after all he was not ‘normal’ any more. He eventually became well enough through psychiatric and medical help to be able to function well and carry on normal life, even though still having many of the usual symptoms of PTS. Many years later, just three years ago in Boston, Fr. Nigel received full and instantaneous healing from the trauma of one shooting/sniper incident he was involved in and much healing has come since then for other deeply traumatic situations. One of our group was puzzled that he had been told authoritatively that PTS cannot be healed, so Fr. Nigel’s story of complete healing spoke powerfully to that. Fr. Nigel discovered only 2 years ago that the Marines who had been killed that day were not, in fact, one’s whom he had trained. Please pray for the group as even this gentle and encouraging telling of a combat story and healing was causing some abreaction in a couple of the Veterans. Pray that none of us, for any reason, will allow our past to ruin our lives now, or in the future.
      We finished the formal proceedings around 9 pm and most retired to the Great Room in the Kings Inn to talk together over a cup of coffee and some candy that one of the team always provides. Some were tired and went almost straight to bed. We look forward in the morning to hearing from the Veteran we prayed for to have a good night’s sleep and for the nightmares to stop.
      The Veteran who was taken to hospital on Sunday morning with severe stomach pains and vomiting rejoined the Retreat in time for the beginning, seeming to be fit and healthy again. Praise God and thank you for your prayers which have been answered! Thank God that everyone we expected to arrive did so and in good time!
      The books from Military Ministry arrived today, having been promised arrival by Tuesday, so that was another lovely blessing and answer to your prayers! Thank you God!
      Tuesday is usually the most difficult day of the Retreat, when people’s emotions and memories are deliberately stirred, so please pray much for us during the day. Pray for the separate Spouses (Wives) breakout group in the afternoon.
      Lastly, here are some statistics of interest (don’t try and add the figures up, as several Veterans served in more than one service and more than one campaign!):
      *      We have 11 Army Veterans, 4 Navy, 5 Air Force and 6 Marines.
      *      Two Veterans served in WW2, 1 in Korea, 10 in Vietnam (one doing two deployments), 1 in Somalia, 1 in the Dominican Republic, 2 in Northern Ireland, 4 in the first Gulf War (Desert Storm/Desert Shield), 1 in Rwanda, 1 in Grenada, 1 in Bosnia, 4 in OIF (Iraq), 2 in OEF (Afghanistan),
      *      Our Veterans have a total of 382 years of military service between them. One female Veteran is currently active duty Army and another (male) is serving full time in the National Guard. One is a full time Veterans Administration Chaplain.
      *      We have 3 female Veterans here (the most on a single Retreat to date).
      *      Seven wives are present.
The whole Welcome Home Initiative team thanks you so much for all your prayers!

***** “an intercessor for Libya” sent this.
      Heavenly Father, could we ask now that You pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your Bride, Your earthly church right now, this week, that we could see things from Your perspective, hear Your voice, and echo Your prayers as You intercede for Libya and for other things? Grant us grace to pray with boldness and faith, clarity and authority, so as to join you in destroying and undoing the works of darkness, as well as visualizing and realizing the establishment of the Kingdom of light in these dark places. Raise up the veil and bring Your Kingdom into plain view as you break evil strongholds. Let Your glorious will be done on earth as You have it planned in heaven. Move Your people all over the globe to join together as ONE in You, to see God movements launched in Libya, with nothing less than the rapid expansion of multiplying communities of faith dedicated to Jesus. Take out every person and structure that would oppose or block this movement, and open the way for people to embrace You in Your fullness. Pour out Your Spirit on us, and then keep filling and pouring it out as more and more people join this prayer movement. Give us grace to be wonderfully responsive to Your urgings and whispers. Amen.

Albany Intercessor


Japan

March 28, 2011

Japan’s most deeply entrenched spirits are the principalities controlling Shintoism, which is a spiritualized form of nationalism. The chief visible figure employed by these dark angels is the emperor. In the popular mind, the emperor was himself a deity. But as a part of the World War II peace process, Emperor Hirohito publicly denied this status and the Japanese government agreed to separate itself officially from any religious institution, including Shintoism. This was followed by seven years of church growth.
Emperor Akihito decided to reverse his father’s post World War II position. Akihito’s accession to the throne in November 1990 had religious (Shinto) and secular components: the Sokuino rei (即位の礼), or Enthronement Ceremony, was secular; the Daijōsai (大嘗祭), or Great Thanksgiving Festival, traditionally, a communion between the new monarch and the gods in which the monarch himself became a deity, was religious. The government used public funds not only for the Sokui-no-rei but also for the Daijosai. The communion with the gods climaxes in a sexual encounter between the new emperor and the sun-goddess, Amaterasu Omikami, the chief spiritual ruler over the nation. In the invisible world, the two ritually become one flesh and through its supreme leader, the nation officially invites demonic control as long as he is emperor.
Japan as a nation has been in serious decline, reflected in the stock market, the economy as a whole, and the standard of life. The tipping point occurred in 1990, the year that Emperor Akihito performed the daijosi ceremony. The Nikkei Index was in a rising trend until 1990 when it turned around and began a bear market that has not yet stopped. Since the 1990s, Japan’s share of the world GDP has declined by half, and China has now replaced Japan as the world’s No. 2 economy.

Father,
We declare and decree that this is a season for old religious structures to fall in Japan. Satan came to steal, kill, and destroy through the earthquake and tsunami, but You can redeem this tragedy. May the earthquake and tsunami break apart the spiritual darkness that Satan has worked against the nation of Japan and the Japanese people.
At the name of Jesus, the spirits of Shintoism must bow their knees, Amaterasu Omikami must bow her knees, and the Daijosai ceremony must submit!
We proclaim the freedom and reality of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, over Japan. May the Land of the Rising Sun become the Land of the Risen Son. May revival sweep this nation! The name of Jesus will be great in this land, and the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. Amen.
Malachi 4:2

Some information in this post came from Wikipedia and an email from Glory of Zion.


Libya

March 28, 2011

From an intercessor for Libya–JW

Heavenly Father, could we ask now that You pour out Your Holy Spirit on
Your Bride, Your earthly church right now, this week, that we could see
things from Your perspective, hear Your voice, and echo Your prayers as
You intercede for Libya and for other things? Grant us grace to pray
with boldness and faith, clarity and authority, so as to join you in
destroying and undoing the works of darkness, as well as visualizing and
realizing the establishment of the Kingdom of light in these dark
places. Raise up the veil and bring Your Kingdom into plain view as you
break evil strongholds. Let Your glorious will be done on earth as You
have it planned in heaven. Move Your people all over the globe to join
together as ONE in You, to see God movements launched in Libya, with
nothing less than the rapid expansion of multiplying communities of
faith dedicated to Jesus. Take out every person and structure that
would oppose or block this movement, and open the way for people to
embrace You in Your fullness. Pour out Your Spirit on us, and then keep
filling and pouring it out as more and more people join this prayer
movement. Give us grace to be wonderfully responsive to Your urgings
and whispers.

Amen.


Hindrances to prayer, part 1

March 28, 2011

Psalm 66:18 (Good News Translation)
If I had ignored my sins, the Lord would not have listened to me.
Lord, I have sinned.

Mark 11:25 (New King James Version)
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
I have harbored grudges against ______. I confess my unforgiveness.

Isaiah 59:1-4 (King James Version)
Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

I have acted in anger, _____________. I have lied and uttered profanity. I have been blind to injustice and to lies. I have looked to manmade devices and schemes rather than to You in my troubles. How many unconfessed sins!

James 4:3 (New Century Version)
Or when you ask, you do not receive because the reason you ask is wrong. You want things so you can use them for your own pleasures.
I confess that I turn to You and ask for things that will puff up my vanity.


Exodus 1:15-20 and Exodus 2:23-24

March 28, 2011

Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah; and he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?” And the midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are lively and give birth before the midwives come to them.” Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty. And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them. (Exodus 1:15-20)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts of medical personnel in this country to fear God as Shiphrah and Puah did and save the lives of all the children who are in the womb.

      Holy Father, stop the slaughter of innocents in this country — stop the abortions.

      Jesus, please guide the men and women of this country to take responsibility for their sexual activity. Show them how to be the men and women, the fathers and mothers, and the husbands and wives you are calling them to be.

Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:23-24)
      Holy Trinity, one God, hear the groaning of the many in bondage in the Arab world and set them free of the harsh task masters and rulers over them. Restore the people’s dignity to them. They are children of promise through Ishmael, have mercy on them.

      Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper that love you. Peace be inside your city walls and prosperity within your palaces. And for the sake of my brothers and companions, I will say, “Peace be with you.” Because of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek to do you good. (See Psalm 122:6-9)

      Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. (BCP)

Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Jeremiah 7:1-15; Romans 4:1-12; John 7:14-36
Tuesday: 78:1-39 * 78:40-72; Jeremiah 7:21-34; Romans 4:13-25; John 7:37-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 22:56:47 -0400
From: Noel Dawes
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative, 10th Retreat, March 28-30, 2011 – Arrival Day, Sun, Mar 27th – Please Pray!
            10th Welcome Home Retreat (28-30 Mar 11)
            Arrival Day — Sun, Mar 27th, 2011
      If you do not wish to receive this prayer update any longer, please let Noel Dawes know and he will remove your name from the distribution list immediately.
      To All Our Prayer Warriors Who Intercede for the Welcome Home Initiative:
      The Retreat has been under way for the last several days. Much work has been going on at the Christ the King (CtK) Spiritual Life Center (SLC), Greenwich, NY to get ready for the Veterans and their spouses. Rooms have been allocated by Front Desk staff. As this weekend’s Cursillo course left on Sunday afternoon, rooms needed to be cleaned and made ready for their new arrivals, several of whom arrived today. Pray for administrative flexibility as plans change as Veterans arrive or not as the case may be.
      Pray imaginatively for this fully registered Retreat. We never know who is finally coming until they arrive. And we never know anyone’s full combat, health and other experiences until they share them with us (or not) during the sessions, starting Monday afternoon.
      At least one Veteran arrived on Saturday and was met at Albany airport by one of our team members, being safely brought to the SLC. Others arrived Sunday. We are so blessed to have volunteers who are prepared to drive considerable distances from their homes to the airport to the SLC and then back home again in order to bless these Veterans.
      We were equally blessed on two days ago, on Friday, by a team of lady volunteers from a church nearly an hour’s drive from the SLC. Five ladies came to the SLC and made up the small ‘welcome’ bags that each Veteran finds in his or her room. We thank God for you ladies, and we thank you! One of the ladies who helped told me today that she was definitely coming to the Closing Ceremony at 10:45 AM on Wednesday, March 30th. She is an Air Force Veteran, albeit without combat experience. She said there was no way she would miss helping today’s Veteran’s through bag packing and being at the Closing. Praise God for the commitment of these ladies!
      Thank God for the huge help that the Military Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ has given us with three of their publications, which have been extremely popular on every Retreat. MilMin made the publications available to us at a very reasonable price (we needed this given the challenging financial circumstance so the SLC at this moment!) MilMin was expeditious completing and mailing our order so it arrives in time for Tuesday morning (please pray it does!). They have asked to join our intercessors distribution list so will be getting this update and all future ones. Praise God for and pray their own ministry to combat Veterans, Bridges to Healing (see http://www.militaryministry.org/families/bthm-2/), will grow and develop strongly. Pray our partnering relationship with MilMin will also grow and develop.
      Please praise and pray for the several female combat Veterans on this Retreat. We have 4 or 5 coming — the most we have ever had. Their experience spans several wars and they bring a new and refreshing dynamic to the Retreat.
      Praise God that Major General (USA, Ret) Bob Dees and his wife Kathleen plan to arrive on Tuesday afternoon to experience some of the Retreat before Bob gives the final talk at the Closing Ceremony on Wednesday. Without going into detail, I cannot begin to tell you how much this couple, whose son served in challenging combat in Iraq, have devoted their lives to helping traumatized combat Veterans. Bob has been an inspiration to everyone as he has frequently said that in this war, as in others, we must do all we can with all we have to minister God’s love, comfort, strength, resiliency and, above all, hope, to as many combat Veterans as we can.
      Pray against the spiritual warfare that has been going on with some Veterans for the past several days. One couple traveling at least 1/3rd of the way across the USA has had recurring physical vomiting for the past several days, sufficiently to put their flights in jeopardy. Thankfully they overcame this and should have arrived Sunday afternoon. Another combat Veteran, having arrived, could not stop vomiting Sunday morning and had to be taken to Urgent Care – haven’t had a further update on this yet. These Veterans and their spouses are ready to be on the Retreat. Yet the evil one will not let them go. Everything we read in the Bible about Satan is true — I’ve seen enough to know! Please, please pray for physical, mental/emotional/spiritual protection for everyone coming on the Retreat.
      Please thank God for the services of all at the SLC who have been and are involved in supporting the Retreat in any way. Already, their ministry, especially that of the WHI Administrator, who prefers not be named, has been incredibly powerful and effective. Long hours have been spent in listening to Veterans who call in and the Administrator has been crucial in ‘loving our neighbor as ourself’ to the extent that those several who have wavered about coming are in fact coming.
      Thank God and ask for His guidance for the future development of an exciting new relationship with the Times Square Church, NYC. This arose out of an invitation from the NY State Guard Chaplain (a long standing friend of the WHI) for our two ministries to be present and honored along with a third spiritual organization at the recent dedication and opening of a new Spiritual Fitness Center at Camp Smith, NY, a major base for the NY National Guard. The 3 ministries were thanked for the help they have already given the Guard and we became the first three member of a new Partners-in-Care organization that aims to support the Guard as they move towards deploying over 5,000 Soldiers later this year — their largest deployment since Vietnam, if not WW2. Times Square Church also has a strong relationship with the Brooklyn VA hospital, whose Chaplain brought 10 Soldiers to Retreat 9 and is bringing more to this Retreat.
      The whole Welcome Home Initiative team thanks you so much for all your prayers!

Albany Intercessor


Japanese reactors

March 27, 2011

From Japan Today:

Officials say they still don’t know where the radioactive water is coming from, though government spokesman Yukio Edano has said some is “almost certainly” seeping from a cracked reactor core in one of the units.

While the discovery of the high radiation levels – and the evacuation of workers from one reactor unit – again delayed efforts to bring the deeply troubled complex under control, Edano insisted the situation had partially stabilized.

“We have somewhat prevented the situation from turning worse,” he told reporters Sunday evening. “But the prospects are not improving in a straight line and we’ve expected twists and turns. The contaminated water is one of them and we’ll continue to repair the damage.”

Father,
If the Blood of Christ can cleanse the sins of the whole world, it can cleanse the land and water at Fukushima. We claim the Blood of Christ over all four reactors, over the land and sea, over the atmosphere, and over the workers. We proclaim the name of Jesus to any demonic powers that may be resident at Fukushima, including the satanic forces of nature–earth, air, water, ground, underground, and netherworld. At the name of Jesus, all of these demonic powers must bow their knee. We bind up any and all demonic spirits in Fukushima. We bind up all interaction, interplay, and communication of demonic spirits. We rebuke all curses, hexes, or spells that have sent against Fukushima and send them to the feet of Jesus.
Jesus reigns over all four reactors. Jesus reigns over the land and sea and air. Jesus reigns over all subatomic particles in Fukushima. Jesus reigns. Amen.


John 4:7-10

March 27, 2011

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” (John 4:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us hear Jesus whenever he asks anything of us or speaks to us.

For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. (John 4:8-9)
      Father, please help us see past our cultural and denominational blinders to the opportunities Jesus gives us to share his living water.

Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God,” (John 4:10a)
      Father, help us to know your gift to us.

“and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’” (John 4:10b)
      Jesus, help us know you.

“you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” (John 4:10c)
      Jesus, please give us your living water; fill us up with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

      Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen. (BCP)

Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Jeremiah 6:9-15; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Mark 5:1-20
HC: 95 or 95:6-11; Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-26(27-38 )39-42
Monday: 80 * 77, [79]; Jeremiah 7:1-15; Romans 4:1-12; John 7:14-36

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for the team and veterans who will be coming to the Welcome Home Initiative.

***** Please pray for the safety and wee-being of the people of Syria, Jordan, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and Algeria that there may be peace and righteousness established among them.

***** Please pray for the victims of the tsunami and radiation in Japan.

Albany Intercessor


Pray for the Victims of the Japanese Tsunammi

March 26, 2011


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