Time, light, and trust

March 13, 2011

Genesis 1:14-15 (Amplified Bible)
And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs and tokens [of God’s provident care], and [to mark] seasons, days, and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light upon the earth. And it was so.

Dear Father,
You are Creator of time and light. Our times are in Your hands. You made the sun stand still for Joshua and the stars to fight for Deborah and Barak. The lights in the heavens declare Your glory. The lights in the heavens manifest Your glory in ways we cannot understand. Our times manifest Your glory in ways beyond our comprehension.
Yet, we trust, Lord, in Your command of the celestial bodies, of wavelengths and quanta, in the intricate arrangement of time and space and light. We trust in confidence because we know that our names are written on the palm of Your hand, and Your care for us is indelible.
Your splendor is like the sunrise, rays flashing from Your hand, where Your power is hidden. The rays of the sun set in motion photosynthesis, on which all of life depends. Your splendor sets in motion life.
When Jesus walked the earth, the touch of His hands brought life to the dead and light to the blind. Jesus told us He could do nothing by Himself; He could do only what He saw You, His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. You, Father, brought life and light at creation, and You brought life and light in the ministry of Jesus.
We thank You that creation is ongoing. We thank You that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We thank You that You continue to bring life and light into the world. Our times are in Your hands. Amen.

Japan prayer resources

March 13, 2011

Church of England prayer for earthquake disaster.
Methodist Church prayer for earthquake disaster.
A Baptist pastor’s prayer.
Sisters of Bon Secours’ prayer.
Roman Catholic prayer.
Map of Japan.
Evangelism prayer profile.

Romans 5:19 and Hebrews 4:15-16

March 13, 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)
      A word received: It is only through my blood that you are made righteous.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
      A word received: You are my children: a true father delights to have his children come to him. Come to me boldly so that you may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Sunday: 63:1-8(9-11), 98 * 103; Deuteronomy 8:1-10; 1 Corinthians 1:17-31; Mark 2:18-22
HC: 51 or 51:1-13; Genesis 2:4b-9,15-17,25-3:7; Romans 5:12-19(20-21); Matthew 4:1-11
Monday: 41, 52 * 44; Deuteronomy 8:11-20; Hebrews 2:11-18; John 2:1-12

Albany Intercessor

The tomb of Daniel

March 13, 2011

(I’ve been away from my computer. Sorry for the hiatus in posts.–JW)

Claims for the location of the tomb of Daniel include Iran, Iraq, and Uzbekistan. Daniel spent most of his adult life in Iraq and visited Susa, Iran.
I had originally started this post a few days ago with the Middle East in mind. There is so much more heartache in the world today; as I return to the the post, my spirit is stirred for several regions.

Father in heaven,
Gabriel told Daniel that You love him. Daniel’s words recorded in Holy Scripture are filled with Your Spirit, living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword. We stand in agreement with these words in hopes that Your love for Daniel will be stirred and our agreement will carry Your compassion over Iraq and Iran and throughout the world.

Excerpts from Daniel 9 MSG
“‘O Master, great and august God. You never waver in your covenant commitment, never give up on those who love you and do what you say. Yet we have sinned in every way imaginable. We’ve done evil things, rebelled, dodged and taken detours around your clearly marked paths. We’ve turned a deaf ear to your servants the prophets, who preached your Word to our kings and leaders, our parents, and all the people in the land. You have done everything right, Master, but all we have to show for our lives is guilt and shame, the whole lot of us. . . . Oh yes, God, we’ve been exposed in our shame, all of us—our kings, leaders, parents—before the whole world. And deservedly so, because of our sin.

“‘Compassion is our only hope, the compassion of you, the Master, our God, since in our rebellion we’ve forfeited our rights. We paid no attention to you when you told us how to live, the clear teaching that came through your servants the prophets. All of us in Israel ignored what you said. We defied your instructions and did what we pleased. And now we’re paying for it: The solemn curse written out plainly in the revelation to God’s servant Moses is now doing its work among us, the wages of our sin against you. You did to us and our rulers what you said you would do: You brought this catastrophic disaster on us, the worst disaster on record . . .

“‘Turn your ears our way, God, and listen. Open your eyes and take a long look at our ruined city, this city named after you. We know that we don’t deserve a hearing from you. Our appeal is to your compassion. This prayer is our last and only hope:

“‘Master, listen to us!
Master, forgive us!
Master, look at us and do something!
Master, don’t put us off!
Your city and your people are named after you:
You have a stake in us!’


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