A Lent Quote from John Wesley and an Idea for a Lenten Discipline

March 5, 2012

The following quote and idea for a Lenten Discipline are from the March 3 daily Lenten Devotional posted at Anglican Mainstream

“All that a Christian does, even in eating and sleeping, is prayer, when it is done in simplicity, according to the order of God, without either adding to or diminishing from it by his own choice.”

– John Wesley, from A Plain Account of Christian Perfection:

Lenten Discipline –  Think upon something ordinary that you do every day, and think about God while doing it, in a way that ties into what you’re doing. Or think of a place you come to regularly, and each time think where Christ might be in this place, what Christ might do there, or what you might be led to do for Christ.

Lent Prayers: Lord we would come to Thee, but do Thou come to us (Spurgeon)

March 5, 2012

Trevin Wax at Kingdom People blog has posted a great prayer by Charles Spurgeon. 

LORD, we would come to Thee,
but do Thou come to us.
Draw us and we will run after Thee.

Blessed Spirit, help our infirmities,
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought.

Come, Holy Spirit,
and give right thoughts and right utterance
that we may all be able to pray in the common prayer,
the whole company feeling that for each one there is a portion.

We are grateful as we remember
that if the minister in the sanctuary should not be able to pray for any one of us
there is One who bears the names of all His redeemed upon His breast,
and upon His shoulder,
who will take care with the love of His heart and the power of His hand
to maintain the cause of all His own…

– a prayer of Charles Spurgeon

It galls me that so often I can’t even manage to come to Christ, but need to cry out to Him for His grace to draw me to Him.  How thankful I am that He always does hear that cry and help me come when I tell Him my desire.  Lord, this Lent give us the grace to cry out to You when we can’t come in our own strength instead of shirking back in shame at our weakness!


In the past we’ve posted two other great prayers for Lent by Charles Spurgeon which were originally posted at Kingdom People.  You can find them here, and here.

Go check out Trevin Wax’s prayer category at Kingdom people here.


Two Upcoming Events – Anglican Prayer Calendar

March 5, 2012

It’s been a very long time since we tried to maintain any kind of “prayer calendar” for upcoming events in the Anglican world.

But two upcoming events caught my eye and have made their way onto my own personal prayer calendar, and I thought I’d encourage others to be praying for these two events:

1: Third Anglican 1000 Church Planting Summit to be hosted at Christ Church Plano, TX  (March 6 – 8)

Archbishop Robert Duncan will welcome nearly 400 church planters, bishops, clergy, and lay leaders to the 3rd Annual Anglican 1000 Church Planting Summit on March 6-8, 2012. The Summit, to be held at Christ Church, Plano, Texas will celebrate the start-up of over 200 churches in the last two and a half years across the U.S. and Canada.  The conference also will feature plenary sessions, reports from the mission field, workshops, worship, and networking fellowship to uplift, challenge, inspire, and bless the church planters and the new church plants.

More details here.


2. Diocese of South Carolina annual convention. 

Most of our regular readers will know that I and my fellow bloggers have often committed to special intercession for the Diocese of South Carolina, Bishop Mark Lawrence, and other diocesan leaders.  The diocese’s convention is March 9 – 10.

You can read more here.

Genesis 41:46-57 and Psalm 65:11-13

March 5, 2012

Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. Now in the seven plentiful years the ground brought forth abundantly. So he gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities; he laid up in every city the food of the fields which surrounded them. Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable. (Genesis 41:46-49)
      Holy Spirit, give us wisdom, as you did Joseph, to store up in the fruitful years so that there will be food in the years of famine and drought. Guide us as we gather in so that we share our bounty with those who have not.

And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him. Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” And the name of the second he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” (Genesis 41:51-52)
      Father, you made Joseph fruitful even when everything was against him. Please help us in this diocese to live fruitful lives in your Spirit so that many are brought into your kingdom.

Then the seven years of plenty which were in the land of Egypt ended, and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. The famine was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Then Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do.” The famine was over all the face of the earth, and Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians. And the famine became severe in the land of Egypt. So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine was severe in all lands. (Genesis 41:53-57)
      Jesus, please help us give alms and share what we have with your little ones. Help us lay aside our political agenda and reach out to the lost and the least. Thank you.

You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance. They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain; they shout for joy, they also sing. (Psalm 65:11-13)
      Holy Spirit, help us live into the bounty you provide. Help us see the beauty and wonder that is all around us. Bring us to a place of spiritual richness where streams of living water flow out from us. Thank you.

A word received: Call people to be mindful of the things of God — of my words to them.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Gen. 41:46-57: 1 Cor. 4:8-20(21): Mark 3:7-19a
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Gen. 42:1-17: 1 Cor. 5:1-8: Mark 3:19b-35

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 2:13-22; Romans 7:13-25; Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:7-14).

***** Date: Sun, 04 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      What do you want to hear today? What would you like to hear today? What do you need to hear today? Do you need a pat on the back, or a word or your ear? Do you just need a hug? Do you just need to be loved? What is it you really need? “A message of encouragement perhaps?” (Acts 13:15) Tell “Him” what you want, what you really, really want. (The Spice Girls, emphases added)

Albany Intercessor

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