Remembering the Martyrs of Sudan / Prayer Resources for Sudan

May 16, 2012

We are gearing up for our 10 days of prayer for unreached nations and the persecuted church in the lead up to the Global Day of Prayer. The 10 Days of prayer starts tomorrow, May 17 (Ascension Day) and continues through May 26. The Global Day of Prayer is May 27, Pentecost Sunday.

How wonderfully appropriate that today is the commemoration of the Martyrs of Sudan. Here is the collect for the day:

O God, steadfast in the midst of persecution, by your providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant us your grace, that as the martyrs of the Sudan refused to abandon Christ even in the face of torture and death, and so by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest, we too may be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Read more about the Martyrs of Sudan here.

Also a few other links of interest related to Sudan:

  • The Rev. Tim Fountain (a former Lent & Beyond contributor) is connected with development work and support for the church in Southern Sudan.  He has posted some information about how to support work in Sudan at StandFirm today.  Please go read that, pray about giving, and above all pray that this ministry would be a great blessing to many and bear much fruit for eternity.
  • A collection of prayers for Sudan written and compiled by Jill Woodliff back in 2011 at the time of the referendum on South Sudan’s independence.   Approximately 70 prayers!

Lev. 26:27-42

May 16, 2012

‘And after all this, if you do not obey me, but walk contrary to me, then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. (Leviticus 26:27-28 )
      LORD, the Episcopal Church is walking contrary to you and deserves your fury — have mercy on us.

You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters. (Leviticus 26:29)
      Holy Spirit, cleanse us of all impurity and show us anew how to pray for and raise our children.

I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and cast your carcasses on the lifeless forms of your idols; and my soul shall abhor you. (Leviticus 26:30)
      Jesus, come into our hearts and minds with your word and your Spirit to set us free from all idolatry.

I will lay your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas. (Leviticus 26:31)
      Father, you have made Schenectady a wasteland and still we have not turned back to you.

I will bring the land to desolation, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it. (Leviticus 26:32)
      Jesus, the drug dealers, prostitutes, and gangs dwell among us — show us how to meet them with you love and compassion.

I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land shall be desolate and your cities waste. (Leviticus 26:33)
      Lord, the members of the Episcopal Church have been scattered far and wide, and still we have not returned to you. What will it take?

Then the land shall enjoy its Sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies’ land; then the land shall rest and enjoy its Sabbaths. (Leviticus 26:34)
      Father, bring our cities and communities, our parishes and our diocese to a Sabbath rest in you. Help us lay every burden at Jesus’ feet.

As long as it lies desolate it shall rest–for the time it did not rest on your sabbaths when you dwelt in it. (Leviticus 26:35)
      Jesus, please bring our land and our diocese to your place of rest and refreshment.

‘And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a shaken leaf shall cause them to flee; they shall flee as though fleeing from a sword, and they shall fall when no one pursues. (Leviticus 26:36)
      Holy Spirit, we have become a fearful people who are not sharing the gospel as we should. Set us free from our fears and give us boldness and joy in sharing the gospel.

They shall stumble over one another, as it were before a sword, when no one pursues; and you shall have no power to stand before your enemies. (Leviticus 26:37)
      Father, until we repent and return to you and your ways, we will have no power n ourselves.

You shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up. (Leviticus 26:38 )
      Lord, so many have fled the Episcopal Church and are being eaten up by our enemies — have mercy on us.

And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; also in their fathers’ iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away. (Leviticus 26:39)
      Jesus, please help us recognize the cost of continuing in the wickedness of those who have gone before.

But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to me, and that they also have walked contrary to me, and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt– then I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land. (Leviticus 26:40-42)
      Jesus, thank you for the hope you give us — that if we return to you, you will turn to us. Thank you for loving us while we are yet sinners. Renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost. Thank you.

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * –; Lev. 26:27-42: Eph. 1:1-10: Matt. 22:41-46
Eve of Ascension: –: * 68:1-20; 2 Kings 2:1-15: Rev. 5:1-14
Ascension Day: 8, 47 * 24, 96; Dan. 7:9-14: Heb. 2:5-18: Matt. 28:16-20
HC: 47 or 110:1-5; Acts 1:1-11 or Ezekiel 1:3-5a,15-22,26-28; Ephesians 1:15-23 or Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:49-53 or Mark 16:9-15,19-20

      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 (Ps. 68:1-20 or 47; Acts 1:15-26 or Exodus 28:1-4,9-10,29-30; 1 John 5:9-15 or Acts 1:15-26; John 17:11b-19).

***** Date: Tue, 15 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Tired… decision-less… drained… disheartened … achey?
      Well the Lord said it would not be easy. Press on dear soul.
      Pick up that Cross and follow Him. Keep your eyes upon the Christ.
      Stay the course… He will heal, he will set the captives free…
      “As you do not know the path of the wind, so you cannot understand the work of God, the maker of all things. ” Ecclesiastes 11:5

Albany Intercessor

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