Quotes on Prayer – Pope Benedict: Prayer is the Breath of the Soul and of Life

April 27, 2012

A wonderful teaching on Prayer from Pope Benedict:

“If the lungs of prayer and the Word of God fail to nourish the breath of our spiritual life, we risk suffocating in the middle of a thousand daily cares: prayer is the breath of the soul and of life,” the Holy Father affirmed. “And there is another precious reminder that I would like to emphasize: in our relationship with God, in listening to His Word, in conversation with God, even when we find ourselves in the silence of a church or in our room, we are united in the Lord with so many brothers and sisters in faith, like an ensemble of instruments that, though retaining their individuality, offer to God one great symphony of intercession, of thanksgiving and of praise.”

From his April 25, 2012 Reflection on Prayer in the life of the Early Church. The full text is here.

h/t Kendall Harmon


Exod. 24:1-18

April 27, 2012

Now He said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. And Moses alone shall come near the Lord, but they shall not come near; nor shall the people go up with him.” So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has said we will do.” (Exodus 24:1-3)
LORD, we have made the commitment to live out our covenant relationship with you — please help us by your Holy Spirit to actually do it.

And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord. And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half the blood he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has said we will do, and be obedient.” (Exodus 24:4-7)
LORD, help us do all that you have said to us in your word — help us keep our word to you.

And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you according to all these words.” Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank. (Exodus 24:8-11)
Jesus, please help our bishops, priests, deacons, and lay leaders see and know the glory of your Father.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.” So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up to the mountain of God. And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.” Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain. Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. (Exodus 24:12-17)
Holy Spirit, be that consuming fire for us and purge and burn away all our sin.

So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights. (Exodus 24:18 )
Bless Bishop Bill as he comes into your presence. Give him your word to speak to us at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

A word received: Give thanks for all my provision for you.

Friday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Exod. 24:1-18: Col 2:8-23: Matt. 4:12-17
Saturday: 30, 32 * 42, 43; Exod. 25:1-22: Col. 3:1-17: Matt. 4:18-25

Notes from the Front Line

***** 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: Thu, 26 Apr 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
In times of great stress turn to the Lord. Seek His face and trust in Him. He is with you always, He will never leave you. Trust in Him to get you thought the clear and present danger. He will carry you in the face of aridity and disenchantment.

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, April 26, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

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

Leroy — He held out the cross from a previous time and said, “It’s working.”

Peter — “I gave my brother the cross and it’s on his desk.”

Smiley — We prayed that he would encourage all that he meets.

Dave

Bryan (young men from last week) — He asked prayer that he would get a job as a mechanic.

Melonie (young woman from last week) — She was overwhelmed with the ways that God had blessed her this past week: she has received a new wardrobe, a new apartment, and a new couch.

+Dorothea — She ask prayer that she would get an apartment.

+Bruce (a regular volunteer at the Schenectady City Mission)

Jerry –(from last week) — During this past week his hearing in his ear was restored. He had lost it follow brain surgery for cancer. He gave thanks to God for its restoration. His nephew Jarret’s condition remains unchanged (he has no immune system). He asked prayer for a veteran named Neil who is very discouraged. He lost his leg below the knee (it was amputated because of diabetes) and the doctors have not been able to properly fit an artificial leg on him. The ones they have tried on him have caused him much pain.

+June (from last week) — God has provided a bridging place for Jim and Sue to stay before they can move into their new apartment. She sees Social Services today to try and get a voucher for housing.

Peter (young man wearing the cross from last week) — We prayed for God’s blessing on his studies in college. He is a volunteer at Schenectady City Mission.

Albany Intercessor


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