Prayer Table Report

April 30, 2011

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 30, 2011, 9:33 – 10:30 a.m. Steve Evans and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St. [Steve stood guard in the background the whole hour. He didn’t want me there alone.]

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

State St.

Mark — He is going to do prison ministry in a county jail for the first time this evening.

+Dee — She said she was hungry and needed money for food. I prayed that God would provide for her. I had no sense that I should give her money.

+Chad (young man) — Asked prayer for his marriage and for his wife Leprecia. He had drifted away from church and could feel the spiritual emptiness from that. He confessed his sins to Jesus and renewed his life in Jesus.

[While setting up the prayer table I found a woman’s military ID on the sidewalk. I wondered how I could return it. It had a name, but no address.]
+Shirley (sister-in-law to Debra, a regular) — She came with Debra and asked if I had seen an ID around. I took it out of my pocket and handed it to her. Lots of thanksgivings! She had dropped it when she and Debra had come by earlier.
+Debra (regular) — She asked about my health. She, Shirley (see above) and I had a time of praising and thanking God for his kindness.

+Brittney (young woman) — “For my life and my job.”

+Kenneth (man) — “Thankful I woke up this morning.”

Frank — I prayed for his provision and protection throughout the week.

+Youssif (young man) — “That my baby will come out OK and do better” and for his girlfriend, +Erica.

+Nyid (teenage girl)

+Scott — “For recover and life. I have a year clean.”

Steve — We prayed for guidance about his getting a building to set up his business.

Ed — Thanksgiving that his echocardiogram came back completely normal.

+Harry — “Some world peace would be nice.”

+Hugh — 72 today. I prayed for birthday blessings for him and his family.

+++Brandon (bottle guy) — “I want to be clean.” He confessed his sins and accepted forgiveness. He said he already had a cross, but took three more to give away to others. When I handed the three to him, he said, “Oh, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.”

Albany St.

Jermail — a CD player

Gershon — “World peace”

++Filisia — Pray for her sister Kaitlyn — she has special needs — pray to be a normal 3 year old. (tears after prayer)

Mark 16:9-20

April 30, 2011

Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. (Mark 16:9)
      Jesus, please make yourself known to us more and more as well.

She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. (Mark 16:10)
      Jesus, help us share the good news of your resurrection with those who mourn and weep.

And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. (Mark 16:11)
      Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.

After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. (Mark 16:12)
      Lord Jesus, please walk with us each day and help us as we walk in your ways.

And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. (Mark 16:13)
      Holy Spirit, soften our hearts.

Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. (Mark 16:14)
      Father, touch the hearts and minds of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church, and help them believe the witness of those who have experienced Jesus and the work of your Holy Spirit in their lives. Thank you.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. (Mark 16:15-20)
      Lord, write on our hearts the message you want us to share with others. Thank you.

John 21:1-14; A word received: Ask me where to cast your net.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, (Psalm 92:12-14)
      LORD, please help us to be vigorous, sturdy, and fruitful in old age.

As your days, so shall your strength be. (Deuteronomy 33:25b)
      LORD, as our days are, so let our strength be.

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.
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
      Jesus, thank you for being willing to give up the glory of heaven to come and live with us. Thank you that day by day your Holy Spirit is willing to live in us in the midst of all our sin.
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
      Holy Spirit, thank you for Mary’s willingness to receive your over-shadowing and her willingness to risk all to bear Jesus for us.
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
      Thank you, Jesus, for what you endured on the cross for us.
he suffered and was buried;
      Jesus, thank you for dying for us while we were still sinners. You went to the cross and the grave for us because of your love for your father and for us. Thank you.
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
      Holy Spirit, thank you that you enabled Jesus to rise from the dead. Thank you for his victory over sin and death. Please bring us to new life in him.
and ascended into heaven,
       Jesus, thank you for your ascension into heaven to sit at the right hand of your father. Thank you that you ever live to make intercession for us.
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
       Father, thank you for giving Jesus such a place of honor; please help us honor him by our words and deeds and belief.
and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead;
       Jesus, you are Lord and you are judge; help us to fall into your hands and not the hands of men.
whose kingdom shall have no end.
       Thank you, Jesus, for your endurance to the end on the cross. Thank you for establishing an eternal kingdom.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
       Father, we desperately need the renewing power of your Holy Spirit in the life of the Episcopal Church
who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
       Holy Spirit, thank you for helping us know both the Father and the Son!
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
       Holy Spirit, please help us know you, worship you, and glorify you.
who spake by the Prophets.
      Thank you for your word in Scripture and your words to us today.

Saturday: 145 * 104; Isaiah 25:1-9; Acts 4:13-21(22-31)*; John 16:16-33
HC: 118:14-18 or 118:19-24; Acts 4:13-21; Mark 16:9-15,20
Sunday: 146, 147 * 111, 112, 113; Isaiah 43:8-13; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-7
HC: 111 or 118:19-24; Acts 2:14a,22-32 or Genesis 8:6-16; 9:8-16; 1 Peter 1:3-9 or Acts 2:14a,22-32; John 20:19-31

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray daily for the Welcome Home Initiative, for the veterans who come to it and those who minister to them.

***** Please pray for the prayer table ministry this morning.

Albany Intercessor

Mississippi River crest

April 30, 2011

Portions of the South have just been ravaged by tornadoes. Yet, some intercessors are looking two weeks ahead, when the Mississippi River is projected to crest at the highest level since 1937. Although everyone along this massive, roiling body of water will be concerned, this particular post regards the Delta.
I live in the Mississippi Delta, a large flat basin that historically was flooded by the river every year. It is now protected by a 98-mile mainline levee and 18 miles of backwater levees on the tributaries. Though the Delta is sparsely populated farmland, the region includes 250,000 people.
In Mississippi, many intercessors have gotten to know one another through various ecumenical alliances, women’s groups, and ministerial associations. These ideas on how to pray have surfaced from informal conversations over the last two days. They are thought-provoking.

I. Speaking to the elements
During last year’s tornado, a godly intercessor was hiding in the restroom of a bank as the tornado blew through. She said three times, “Peace, be still, to the storm.” The bank was virtually untouched; everything around it was flattened.
In speaking to the storm, Jesus gave us a model of speaking to the elements. Regarding the crest, we can speak to the destructive river currents, “Peace, be still. Align yourself with God’s intended purpose.” We can speak to the earth in the levees, “Peace, be still. Be still and hold firm.”

II. Applying the Blood
My hometown Yazoo City is the Gateway to the Delta. We can apply the Blood of the Lamb to the doorposts and lintel of the spiritual gateway to the Delta. The Blood of Jesus says to the Angel of Death, You must pass over. Since the mainline levee is at the site of the “gateway” of the Mississippi River into the Delta, we can also apply the Blood of the Lamb there.

III. Isaiah 61
An anointed Mississippi intercessor received this passage from the Lord before the news of the crest. Highway 61 runs through the heart of the Delta. We are wondering if there is a connection. The Delta is a land of poverty and devastated families. There have been prophecies of a religious revival in the Delta.

And they shall rebuild the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

Does this relate to the crest of the river? We don’t know.

IV. Prayer walking
The levees are earthen embankments with a gravel or paved road along the top. Another idea is to drive or walk along the levees and pray.

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