Iyar, Nain, and a paralytic

May 6, 2012

We are in the hebraic month of Iyar, associated with the tribe of Issachar. Some scholars believe Nain (Luke 7:11-18) was on the northern edge of Issachar. Little is known about the precise boundary between Naphtali and Issachar.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (New International Version)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Lord Jesus,

The month of Issachar, Iyar, is in Your hands. We give You this month.
You prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies. The funeral bier was the table prepared for the widow of Nain–her son’s life in the presence of the spirit of death! How awesome is Your majesty!
Just as the four anonymous men carried the body of the son of the widow of Nain to You on the road, we carry (name of paralytic) to You in prayer. Just as Your heart went out to the widow of Nain, may Your heart go out to ____ and his family. Anoint ____’s head with oil until his cup runs over. We trust You to make the sorrow and suffering of his paralysis beautiful in its time.

We cannot fathom all that You have already done. We lean on You, Lord, and not on our own understanding. Amen.

Prayer for a paralytic

May 6, 2012

Within a day of working with this verse, I experienced a strong call to pray for a young quadraplegic. In the hebraic calendar, we are in the month of Iyar, associated with the tribe of Issachar.

Judges 10:1-2 (MSG)
Tola son of Puah, the son of Dodo, was next after Abimelech. He rose to the occasion to save Israel. He was a man of Issachar. He lived in Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim. He judged Israel for twenty-three years and then died and was buried at Shamir.

Tola–meaning worm, scarlet material
Puah–meaning splendid
Dodo–meaning God has helped or help of God
Issachar–meaning he will bring a reward. The sons of Issachar had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do (1 Chronicles 12).
Shamir–meaning flint. Legendary substance used to cut the stones of King Solomon’s temple.
Ephraim–meaning doubly fruitful

Lord God Almighty,
You are a many-splendored God. You are a God who helps. You helped us in ways we do not fully comprehend when You offered Your Son Jesus as a sacrifice for us.
Jesus was sacrificed for ____. We apply His scarlet Blood over ____, in every dimension seen and unseen. If there is a stone that blocks the radiance of Your splendor from shining on ____’s spinal cord (or any aspect of ____’s person), we apply the Blood of Jesus to that stone. Just as the shamir cut the stones of King Solomon’s temple, we proclaim the Blood of the Lamb shall cut all hindrances to Your splendor in and around ____.
We trust in Jesus, the chosen and precious cornerstone laid in Zion. ____ is a living stone, being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Just as the shamir once engraved the jewels on the breastplate of the high priest, we proclaim that the Blood of Jesus shall shape and engrave _____, in every dimension and every realm, seen and unseen. ____ shall be doubly fruitful. Amen.

John 14:15-21

May 6, 2012

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)
      Jesus, please help me to live out my love for you by keeping your commandments.

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–“ (John 14:16)
      Holy Father, send your Helper — the Holy Spirit — to me to be with me and in me in all circumstances.

“the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:17)
      Holy Spirit, fill me, fill your church with your truth. Thank you for dwelling with me and in me.

“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18 )
      Jesus, daily fill us with your Spirit of adoption (see Romans 8:15) so that we know that we have a father who loves us.

“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.” (John 14:19)
      Jesus, help me daily enter into your new life.

“At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (John 14:20)
      Jesus, I want to be caught up in the life you have with your Father.

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)
      Holy Spirit, please help me daily keep Jesus’ commandments and love him.

      Jesus, thank you for loving us and showing forth yourself in our lives.

Sunday: 24, 29 * 8, 84; Lev. 8:1-13,30-36: Heb. 12:1-14: Luke 4:16-30
HC: 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
Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Lev. 16:1-19: 1 Thess. 4:13-18: Matt. 6:1-6,16-18

      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 (Ps. 33 or 33:1-8,18-22; Acts 11:19-30 or Isaiah 45:11-13,18-19; 1 John 4:7-21 or Acts 11:19-30; John 15:9-17).

***** Date: Sat, 05 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote…
      There was a young man from Bethlehem
      Who said, “spend your life blessing them”
      He went all around
      Setting free the dumbfounded
      healing the sick, and dressing them…
      (the wounds…that is)

Albany Intercessor

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report

May 6, 2012

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 5, 2012, 9:20 – 10:30 a.m. Bob Baker and Torre Bissell on State St. and Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

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

State St.

+Marcus (teenage boy) — “School.”

William (from next door) — He asked for prayer as he was going to a T-ball game with his step-son Jallah and later to a party with his girlfriend Iri.

+Elena (girl) — “Health.” +Melissa (her mom) — “I have 7 kids and I’m looking for a church.” We invited them to come to Christ Church.

Emmanuel (regular) — He asked prayer that he would “keep steady.”

+Chris — “My life.”

+Mike (late teenage boy or early twenties) and friend — “Forgiveness.” We let him to ask for and receive Jesus forgiveness of his sins and accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

Bill (regular) — Strength and healing of epilepsy.

+Anthony (regular) — We prayed that he would share the joy of Jesus with others.


+Malcolm (teenage boy) — “My family.” (He was walking with Marcus (see above).

Bob — He has bought Christian books that he hopes to share with his two daughters.

+Rishi and +Filisia (she also got a cross for a +friend) — They came specifically to the prayer table and then went back the way they came. They came to ask prayer for good health for Filisia.

+Donna (“I’m HIV positive.”) and +Crystal (her daughter) and Tina a niece whose mom is dying.

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