John 9:24-41

January 4, 2012

So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this man is a sinner.” (John 9:24)
      Lord, so many come with preconceived notions about who you are. Give them clarity of sight as you did this man who was blind and now sees.

He answered and said, “Whether he is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” (John 9:25)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for this man’s faithful testimony about what Jesus has done for him. Help us to be faithful in our testimony.

Then they said to him again, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” Then they reviled him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples.” (John 9:26-28 )
      Father, there are many who revile your faithful witnesses; help us continue to give our testimony in the face of all adversity.

“We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where he is from.” The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where he is from; yet he has opened my eyes! Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out. (John 9:29-34)
      Holy Spirit, help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to be willing to learn from those who have actually experience your work in their lives.

      Jesus, many are being driven from the Episcopal Church because of their love for you and their testimony; have mercy on us.

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen him and it is he who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped him. (John 9:35-38 )
      Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. Thank you.

And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” (John 9:39)
      Jesus, open the eyes of the blind in the Episcopal Church.

Then some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these words, and said to him, “Are we blind also?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains. “ (John 9:40-41)
      Holy Spirit, help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church acknowledge their need for Jesus’ saving work in their lives. Bring the Presiding Bishop and those around her to repentance and conversion. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me.

Jan. 4: 85, 87 * 89:1-29; Joshua 3:14-4:7: Eph. 5:1-20: John 9:1-12,35-38
Jan. 5: 2, 110:1-5(6-7) * –; Jonah 2:2-9: Eph. 6:10-20: John 11:17-27,38-44
Eve of Epiphany: –: 29, 98; Isa. 66:18-23: Rom. 15:7-13

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Is your “hidden” primary concern for healing causing secondary issues, changing who you are, masking your very personality, and restricting your life? Seek Jesus the healer, through prayer and petition, to lead you to a place of grace and healing.

***** Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2012
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Prayers please Welcome Home Initiative Washington DC
Dear souls,
      Please pray for Fr. Tom M and the planing team of All Saints Chevy Chase MD tomorrow 10am for the first preparation meeting for the Welcome Home Initiative (WHI) Washington DC. This program is scheduled to run April 10-12, 2012 in the DC area. This WHI is for “Top Brass” military of the USA, the UK and Australia. The focus is on the Christian healing of Post-traumatic Stress (PTS) (used to be called PTSD the D for disorder has been dropped by the US military).
      Please pray for the team, for a suitable venue, for funding, and for the powerful presence of the Lord.
      Please pray for our team: Fr. Nigel Mumford, (Royal Marines Retired) The Rt. Rev. David Bena, (Col. US Marines and USAF) Col Noel Dawes (British Army retired), Sandra and a handful of volunteers.
      Please pray that I may do a course in Power-Point. My talk will be put into power-point by a professional. I have never used power-point before! I normally just point a finger to the heavens and say, “That is where the power comes from!”
      We have secured the US Navy’s brass band for the closing ceremony.
      I am very excited about the “key note” speaker for the closing and will let you know who that is when is appropriate.
      This will be WHI number 14.
      Thank you so very much indeed for your prayers for this project. I will keep you posted… “WHI: Bringing Christ’s Healing Grace into the physical and emotional pain of trauma…”

Albany Intercessor


For our nation–Rick Warren

January 4, 2012

At the inauguration of President Obama. Courtesy of Christianity Today’s blog:

Almighty God, our Father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you. It all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory.

History is your story. The Scripture tells us, “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now, today, we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hingepoint of history with the inauguration of our first African American president of the United States. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.

Give to our new President, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race, or religion, or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us. And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all. May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before you. We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus [Spanish pronunciation], Jesus, who taught us to pray:

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”


Children

January 4, 2012

Genesis 18:19 (NKJV)
For I have known him [Abraham], in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Father,
We pray for the training of children, especially ______, in the way of the Lord, in the way of righteousness and justice. Raise up parents and authority figures who will guide them in wisdom. Amen.


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