A Prayer for Relational Messes and God’s Mercies

April 24, 2012

Pastor Scotty Smith posted a great prayer last week related to the ways we as believers often devour one another and how we need God’s mercy and grace to humble ourselves:

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Gal. 5:13-16

Forbearing Father, thank you for Scriptures like this one—those which chronicle our relational failures, foibles, and foolishness, as your beloved children. We’re not just prone to wander from you; we’re prone to hurt one another.

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Come, Holy Spirit, come. Grant us godly sorrow and deep repentance for the ways we hide the beauty of Jesus in our churches through our pettiness and selfishness, our divisiveness and cowardice; our wagging tongues and our walking feet. Because of our love for the gospel and your glory, let us grieve as those who understand what is at stake. In a day when the culture is looking for reasons not to believe the gospel, forgive us for adding to their ammo and salvo.

Forgive us, Jesus. You’ve made it clear that the world will know we are your disciples by the way we love one another. You’ve also made it clear that the quality of our relationships is one of the ways the world will believe that our Father sent you to be the Savior of the world (John 17:20-23). How sobering…

Bring the power of the gospel to bear upon our shared and broken life in the body of Christ. Grace doesn’t free us to love poorly, but to love generously, extravagantly, in keeping with how Jesus loves us. Grace isn’t a green card for self-indulgence; it’s a green light for humbling ourselves, repenting and reconciling. Grace is our only hope for serving one another in love. So very Amen we pray, in your holy and loving name.

I add my Amen to this prayer which has proven very timely and a great help to me personally in the past few days.

The full prayer is here.

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Matt. 3:13-17

April 24, 2012

      Praying the Apostles’ Creed
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
      Jesus, thank you for what you were willing to suffer for our salvation; please help us to endure what we must suffer to see the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion restored to Apostolic faith.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Matthew 3:7)
      Holy Spirit, please raise up men and women who will warn the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church of the wrath to come.

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,” (Matthew 3:8 )
      Jesus, please help us all bear fruit worthy of repentance.

“and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” (Matthew 3:9)
      Lord, there is o other basis for salvation except your cross and resurrection. There are no deeds we can do that are good enough to cover our sins. Thank you for the cleansing power of your blood that covers us.

“And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 3:10)
      Father, so much that seemed sturdy in the Episcopal Church is being cut down and throw in the fire.

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)
      Jesus, baptize us afresh with your Holy Spirit. Come with your power on the Diocesan Convention — in the the workshops, in the worship and healing service, in the sermons, the presentations and the fellowship. Let every aspect of the Diocesan Convention be infused with the power of your Holy Spirit.

“His winnowing fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly clean out his threshing floor, and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:12)
      A word received11/18/2006: Pray for the day of my threshing.
      Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff.
      Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies.
      Pray for my will to be done.

Tuesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Exod. 19:16-25: Col. 1:15-23: Matt. 3:13-17
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Exod. 19:16-25: Col. 1:15-23: Matt. 3:13-17

      Notes from the Front Line

What a friend we have in Jesus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLb96KDkJys&feature=channel
Tennessee Ernie Ford and Odetta – What A Friend We Have http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaTTm2F57pc

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Psalm 23 or 100; Acts 4:(23-31)32-37 or Ezekiel 34:1-10; 1 John 3:1-8 or Acts 4:(23-31)32-37; John 10:11-16).

***** Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
      Practice Christian virtues so that others can see them. Here is the bible key verse in this matter; “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. ” 2 Peter 1:5-8

Albany Intercessor


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