Philippians 4:1-13

June 30, 2011

Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. (Philippians 4:1)
      Lord Jesus, help each of us know in our hearts that we are beloved by you.

I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. (Philippians 4:2)
      Holy Spirit, help each of us know our responsibility for making peace within the Body of Christ.

And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. (Philippians 4:3)
      Father, bless the Sisters of St. Mary and the Daughters of the King in their ministry of prayer and intercession for the diocese. Raise up many more vocations to this life of prayer and intercession.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
      Father, help each of us daily make this choice.

      A word received 8/12/09: Rejoice!

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5)
      Jesus, thank you for standing by us; help us have your gentleness and compassion for one another.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (Philippians 4:6)
      Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and he shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and he shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret — it only causes harm. (Psalm 37:18 )

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
      Father, thank you for the peace you give us — help us receive it and rest in your arms.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 )
      Holy Spirit, give us grace to restrict what we view on TV or the Web.

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)
      Jesus, help us put into practice the things you have been teaching us. Thank you.

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:10-13)
      Holy Spirit, help us reach out to our brothers and sisters with your love and compassion. Help us learn to be content with what you supply.

A word received: Pray without ceasing.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; 1 Samuel 13:5-18 Acts 8:26-40 Luke 23:13-25
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); 1 Samuel 13:19-14:15 Acts 9:1-9 Luke 23:26-31

Albany Intercessor


The goodness of God

June 30, 2011

Luke 18:19
So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
O God, no one is good but One, and that is You.

Acts 10:38
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
O God, no one is good but One, and that is You.

Romans 2:4
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
O God, no one is good but One, and that is You.

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
O God, no one is good but One, and that is You.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
O God, no one is good but One, and that is You.

Philippians 2:13
for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
O God, no one is good but One, and that is You. Amen.


Eight minute video

June 29, 2011

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Israel

June 29, 2011

A fresh attmept to block Israel’s legal naval blockade of Gaza

Alleluia. Sing ye a new song to the Lord; let his praises resound over the Mediterranean waves. Let the people of Israel be glad in him, who made them; and let the daughters of Zion rejoice in their King.

The Lord reigns over the Israeli coast and waters. The sea birds cry His praise. The waves dance and break into applause. The wind cavorts in joy.

The saints shall rejoice in triumph; they shall sing joyfully all night long, the full out joyings of God in their throats. The living and active words in their hands punish and bind princes and potentates of the unseen world, mighty powers in this dark world, and evil spirits in the heavenly places. We bind the Israel-hating spirits in chains and place all spirits lusting for Jewish blood in manacles.

The saints speak aloud the words of Holy Scripture and execute the judgement written against these wicked forces. This is the glory for all his saints.

Inspired by Psalm 149


Luke 23:8-12

June 29, 2011

Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see him, because he had heard many things about him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by him. (Luke 23:8 )
      Lord Jesus Christ, help us rightly answer the question you asked: “But what did you go out to see?” (See Matthew 11:9) Help us come to you seeking more than Herod did: he sought some kind of magic trick to entertain him. Help us come to you because you are Lord and Christ and we desire to walk in your ways.

Then he questioned him with many words, but he answered him nothing. (Luke 23:9)
      Father, please help us come to Jesus on his terms and not as Herod did: on Herod’s terms.

And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. (Luke 23:10)
      Holy Spirit, move in the hearts and minds of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to turn to Jesus.

Then Herod, with his men of war, treated him with contempt and mocked him, arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him back to Pilate. (Luke 23:11)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who have mocked you, that your Holy Spirit will soften their hearts.

That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other. (Luke 23:12)
      Holy Spirit, help us examine the basis for our friendships and repent of those that are in opposition to you. Thank you.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; 1 Samuel 12:1-6,16-25 Acts 8:14-25 Luke 23:1-12
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; 1 Samuel 13:5-18 Acts 8:26-40 Luke 23:13-25

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: Lake Luzerne
      PRAYER TABLE REPORT, (St. Mary’s of Lake Luzerne, Sat., June 25, 2011 at 11:45-noon in front of Parish Hall prior to our weekly Community Luncheon. Sunny, warm after heavy morning rainfall.)
      Note: Every one of the Prayer Table sessions, no matter whether it is set up on a busy Schenectady Street or outside a Warren County mountain church, is different. Sometimes many people come for a minute or two, sometimes one person comes and stays for 10 minutes. Today was one of the latter for this table at Lake Luzerne. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)
      a–denotes anointed with Holy Oil.
      a–EDITH — A regular visitor to the table, Edith today had a two-fold request. First, she wanted to give the Lord thanks for prayers answered: her brother ROBERT, sister GRACE and her friend (private, no name) have all had great recent medical reports in their respective battles against cancer. Then she asked for healing for her shoulder, which is giving her great pain and causing her to lose a lot of needed sleep every night.
      (No one else came for prayer, but many walked by and nodded or indicated in some other way that they were glad to see the table there.)

Albany Intercessor


Galatians 5:16-26 and Ephesians 6:10-20

June 28, 2011

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
      Holy Spirit, help us walk in your ways.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Galatians 5:17)
      Lord Jesus, there is a war going on in us: help us daily choose to walk with your Holy Spirit.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:18 )
      Father, when we share the gospel with others, keep us from putting under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
      Jesus, we have done so many of these things; help us repent of them and return to you.

      Holy Spirit, help us recognize the cost of practicing any of these works of the flesh.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
      Lord, bring each of us to the place where we daily practice this fruit in our family, our work place, our parish, and our community.

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)
      Jesus, help us crucify all these passions and desires.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)
      Father, help us live and walk in your Holy Spirit.

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:26)
      LORD, bring your peace to our parishes and communities.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20)
      Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; 1 Samuel 11:1-15 Acts 8:1-13 Luke 22:63-71
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; 1 Samuel 12:1-6,16-25 Acts 8:14-25 Luke 23:1-12

Albany Intercessor


Eight donkey narratives

June 27, 2011

1. Abraham and Isaac in Moriah
Genesis 22:2 (NKJV)
Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

2. Joseph and his brothers in Egypt
Genesis 42:26 (NKJV)
So they loaded their donkeys with the grain and departed from there.

3. Balaam’s ass between Pethor and Moab
Numbers 22:22 (NKJV)
Then God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the LORD took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.

4. Jair in Gilead
Judges 10:3-4 (NKJV)
After him arose Jair, a Gileadite; and he judged Israel twenty-two years. Now he had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys; they also had thirty towns, which are called “Havoth Jair” to this day, which are in the land of Gilead.

5. Abdon of Pirathon
Judges 12:13-14 (NKJV)
After him, Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel. He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy young donkeys. He judged Israel eight years.

6. The disobedient prophet, between Bethel and Judah
1 Kings 13:24 (NKJV)
When he was gone, a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the corpse.

7. The Shunammite between Shunem and Carmel
2 Kings 4:24-25 (NKJV)
Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel.
So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman!

8. The triumphant entry from Bethphage to Jerusalem
Mark 11:7 (NKJV)
Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.

It is interesting to compare the donkey series with the series of eight postures, derived from the study of Moses’ eight ascents and descents on Mt Sinai and the eight resurrections:

God carries
Intercession at the feet of God
Stand up on feet
Out of love, choose servitude and give your master your ear
Reach out and rejoice at the intersection between heaven and earth
Unwrap the grave clothes and build a dwelling place for God
From prayer on knees to moving forward
God penetrates