4000 posts

April 13, 2011

We have posted 4000 prayers on this website. I am trying to recall how many posts were made on the old site before the hacker incursion–I think 2000.
I am deeply grateful. I’m grateful to Karen for starting the blog and inviting me to contribute in January 2005. I’m a computer Luddite, and if Karen had not built that platform of support and instructed me on many occasions, I never would have become a cyberspace intercessor.
I am grateful to Torre for his prophetic words. They always stir my spirit. His steady, unwavering model of leadership is inspirational.
I am grateful to our readers for seeking the presence of God, by their personal piety and in sharing it with others. (We commonly have over 1000 readers a day, most of which is Google searches for seasonal material.) I have learned much from you all and have developed warm friendships with several readers.
I am grateful to the editors of StandFirm and Titus One Nine for never complaining about my shameless promotion of L&B prayers on their comment threads. I delight that the atmosphere of both blogs allows prayer posts and spontaneous prayers on the comment threads.
I am grateful to my bishop, Rt. Rev. Duncan Gray III, for commissioning me as a licensed worship leader on July 25, 2004. Little did we realize how that commission would develop!
I am grateful to my family for supporting my prayer ministry.
Most of all, I am grateful to God for His call on my life.–Jill Woodliff

Judges 6:13-14

April 13, 2011

Gideon said to him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” (Judges 6:13)
      Lord, renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost. Turn our hearts back to worshiping you alone.

Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” (Judges 6:14)
      Holy Spirit, anoint and guide Bishop Bill and the other clergy and lay leaders of this diocese so that we will enter into all your provision and promises to us. Thank you.

Praying the Nicene Creed, a word received 12/29/07: Each day I want you to take a phrase from the Nicene Creed and pray that phrase. My people need to hear what is true and make it their own.
I believe in one God,
      Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thank you for being one and thank you for your love for one another. Please help me, help your people live in the reality of your unity and love. Thank you.
the Father Almighty,
      Father, thank you for being a father to me. Thank you that by your might you have made your son Jesus known to us so that we can become your children.
maker of heaven and earth,
      Thank you, Father, for your creation. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to be better stewards of your creation.
and of all things visible and invisible;
      Father, we know that we are surrounded by your angelic hosts and that whole company of heaven, that cloud of witnesses that has gone before us. Help us to be steady in you till we reach that place of rest. Thank you.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
      Father, guide us by your Holy Spirit so that every other “lord” in our lives is brought under the sovereign rule of Jesus and he becomes our one Lord. Thank you.
the only begotten Son of God,
      Father, thank you for sending your one and only son to us so that we might become your children.
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
      Jesus, you have always been there; help us receive you into every part of our lives.
God of God, Light of Light,
      Jesus, you are God and you are the light to take us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. You are the word of God and are a lamp to our feet.
very God of very God,
      Jesus, you and the Father are one; please help us come to know you and him better.
begotten, not made,
      Father, thank you for choosing Mary to bring Jesus to us. Help us to respond as she did.
being of one substance with the Father;
      Jesus, you came to us bearing the image of the Father so that we might know his love for us. You are one with him and there is no division between you. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to know the unity and character that you share with the Father.
by whom all things were made;
      Jesus, everything we have was made by you, there is nothing that we can have that we can call our own except for your cross and resurrection. It is all a free gift of yours; thank you.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Jeremiah 25:30-38; Romans 10:14-21; John 10:1-18
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 140, 142; Jeremiah 26:1-16; Romans 11:1-12; John 10:19-42

Albany Intercessor

Receiving the word with prayer

April 13, 2011

Rev. David Speare Benedict, chaplain in the Order of St. Luke the Physician, has an article in the Mar/Apr issue of Sharing magazine. This prayer is his response to the “I AM” statements.

Lord, You are the Living Bread of my life; I receive you to replace the hunger and thirst in myself and ask the same for others.
Lord, You are the Light of Life; I receive Your light to replace the darkness of the world in my self and ask the same for others.
Lord, You are the Door of the sheep; I willfully decide to enter your door and share the security of your fold, and pray the same for others who are uncertain and undecided.
Lord, You are the Good Shepherd; I receive your leadership and abiding care for me and ask the same for others.
Lord, You are the Reseurrection and the Life; I receive the New Redeemed Life you have given me and seek that same blessed gift for others.
Lord, You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life; I receive Your Way fo Grace, Your Truth of Righteousness, and Your Life of Love, for myself and seek these same blessings for others.
Lord, You are the Vine and we are the branches; I receive the gift of this sacred connection, that it may forever nourish, guide, and redeem me and humankind, everywhere.

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