May 1, 2012

Judges 3:31 (NIV)
After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.

Anath–means answer (to prayer)
Shamgar–means sword

The number 600 is associated with warfare. Noah was 600 years old at the time of the flood. At the Exodus, Pharoah sent 600 of the best chariots. Six hundred Danites conquered Laish. Six hundred Benjamites escaped destruction by the men of Israel. King Saul had 600 men staying with him at Gibeah.  David moved from place to place with 600 men as Saul searched for him.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your words pierce my heart and yet hold my life together.   I thank You for Your words.  I clasp Your words to the mantle of my heart.   Cut away all godlessness and draw me close to You.  Save me, I pray .  Amen.

Ecclesiastes 12:11

Jesus, free me from the quicksand of vain regrets…

May 1, 2012

Christ’s resurrection assures us He has conquered sin, death and hell.  He is able, as He promised to set the captives free.

Pastor Scotty Smith’s April 16th prayer at Heavenward focuses on freedom in Christ.  Here’s an excerpt:

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.John 8:36

Jesus, you’ve already set me free from many slavish imprisonments: The fear of dying, for you robbed the grave of its victory through your resurrection; The fear of judgment, for you were condemned in my place upon the cross; The tyranny of self-salvation, for it’s your obedience and righteousness which make me acceptable to God; The myth of autonomy, for you alone are the sovereign Lord and the King of Kings. When I consider these liberties, why would I doubt your ability or willingness to set me free from other imprisonments?

King Jesus, please set me free from the quick sand of vain regrets—those haunting memories of what would’ve been, could’ve been, should’ve been. I want to learn from the past, not be enslaved to the past. Your name is Redeemer, not Re-doer. Equally, free me from vain assumptions—the arrogance of thinking if things “went well”, it’s only because I did something right! O foolish man that I am.

The full prayer is here.

Matt. 5:11-16

May 1, 2012

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.” (Matthew 5:11)
      Lord, so often we are afraid of offending someone that we never speak or pray for them. It isn’t persecution we fear, it is offending someone. Lord Jesus Christ, please give us the boldness of your disciples in sharing the gospel and praying for people (see Acts 4:29-30).

“Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us find our joy in serving Jesus and in speaking his word boldly.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” (Matthew 5:13)
      Jesus, much of your church has lost its savor. There is no salt in it and it is lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. Restore the fire of your Holy Spirit to your church.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” (Matthew 5:14-15)
      Father, please help us to be a light shining forth with the power of the gospel and your Holy Spirit fire.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
      Holy Spirit, let your light shine forth in our lives so brightly tht we glorify our Father in heaven. Thank you.

A word received: I AM your strength.

Tuesday: 45 * 47,48; Exod. 32:21-34: 1 Thess. 1:1-10: Matt. 5:11-16
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49,[53]; Exod. 33:1-23: 1 Thess. 2:1-12: Matt. 5:17-20

      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 66:1-11 or 66:1-8; Acts 8:26-40 or Deuteronomy 4:32-40; 1 John 3:(14-17)18-24 or Acts 8:26-40; John 14:15-21).

***** Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote…
      As I was buying seeds for my vegetable garden I had a thought. We often talk about the “root” of the issue, need or problem in the healing ministry. Perhaps we should focus on the “seed” before it became a root! This could be applied to the “seed” of cancer or the “seed” of a memory. Indeed the very “seed” in generational healing. Or even the “seed” of unforgiveness that can become a very bitter root indeed. Perhaps through pray the seed of the bitter root could be isolated and sterilized? Luke 18:27 writes, “Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God.’

***** Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012
From: Susan Plaske
Subject: Cathedral Prayer Table Wed. 4/25/12 – Windy w/ sprinkling rain. Dcn. Christine Wickman, Beth Collum, Patricia McCrossan
+ Young Man – Thank the Lord that he’s alive prayed for God to go with him today
Diana – lost her husband 2 yrs ago, prayed for her transition time, comfort of God.
Connie – Teriqua, Jim and Jim’s wife for healing and God’s presence
Jim – Thanks the Lord for our church family
Edward – Thanks for health
Darci – Lost her sister to suicide, prayers for comfort and healing for all family
Cathy Ann – lost her mother, is alone , health issues
+Caroline – prayed for God’s presence in her life
+Steven – prayed for God’s watching over him today
Jonathan – had bad interview, need support and prayed for the job and peace Wearing his cross, Took bible
Natasha and Janiece Natasha- blessings wearing cross, took another, Janiece brother going to FL to school Took cross for brother.

Albany Intercessor

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