Ascension Day Links 2012

May 17, 2012

We’re pretty busy here with our Global Day of Prayer / Prayer for the Nations blogging series…, so no time to do too much about Ascension Day, sorry!

But fortunately some fellow Anglican bloggers have some great blog entries:

Anglican Daily PrayerAscension Day: What is and is to be

Kendall HarmonA Prayer for the Feast of the Ascension (I)

and browse through Kendall’s entire Ascension blog category

Ohio Anglican: Feast of the Ascension

Patrick Comerford’s 2008 reflection on the Ascension

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See some of our past Ascension Day favorites here.


Ten Days of Prayer: Day 1

May 17, 2012

This is part of our “praying for the nations” blog series in preparation for the Global Day of Prayer 2012.

The ten days of prayer from Ascension to Pentecost are focused on praying and meditating through Acts 1 & 2.  Here’s a portion of the introduction to the 10 days found in the Global Day of Prayer 10 Days Prayer Guide:

God promises that those who wait on Him will be filled with the same power to spread the same message to all nations who are alive on earth today. As you spend time in prayer each day reflect on the promises given by Jesus concerning the work of the Holy Spirit. Ask God to demonstrate this power in and through you, and in and through the lives of everyone on this planet who believes that Jesus Christ is Lord.

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Day 1 : 17 May 2012

Baptize us!

WAIT FOR THE PROMISE

[Jesus said:] “You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit!” (Acts 1:5)

PRAY:

  • For believers to join together in united and persevering prayer to once again wait on God for the fulfilment of His promise
  • For a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our generation, on men and women, young and old, rich and poor, literate and illiterate, rulers and servants
  • For the Church to repent of incidences where we quenched or disobeyed the Spirit through unbelief

Read and meditate on Acts 1 and 2

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Please join with us in prayer today for YEMEN.


Ephesians 6:10-20 and Matthew 28:16-29

May 17, 2012

      Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. (Matthew 28:16)
      Jesus, please help us go forward to meet you at the times and places of your choosing.

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17)
      Holy Spirit, help us worship Jesus even in the midst of our doubts. Thank you for the faithful record of Scripture: even though some of the disciples doubted, they still went forward to meet Jesus and worship him.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18 )
      Father, restore to the life of the Episcopal Church a true respect for the authority of Jesus. So often the Episcopal Church has substituted the authority and agenda of the world for the authority of Jesus. Help us repent of this.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19)
      Holy Spirit, send us forth to make disciples of all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Show us daily how to reach out with your love to the lost and the least. Thank you.

“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
      Jesus, give us a will to teach what you have taught us and commanded us. Thank you for always being with us, even to the end of our lives. Amen.

A word received: Pray that the leaders and teachers of my people will have shepherds’ hearts.

A word received: I AM the God of salvation.

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
Friday: 85, 86 * 91, 92; 1 Sam. 2:1-10: Eph. 2:1-10: Matt. 7:22-27

      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: Wed, 16 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote…
      Jesus; the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Great Physician, and the lover of souls. Did you know that your very “soul” is loved by God?

Albany Intercessor


Praying For Yemen

May 17, 2012

10 Days of Prayer for the Nations: Day 1

Yemen is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the Arab World, with a formal 35% employment rate, dwindling natural resources, and increasing population growth. Yemen has very small oil reserves. Yemen’s economy depends heavily on the oil, but Yemen’s oil reserves are expected to be depleted by 2017, possibly bringing on economic collapse.

Its capital and largest city is Sana’a. Yemen’s territory includes over 200 islands. Since the 7th century, it has been Muslim. Since Islam was embraced it has been the religion of almost everyone but there has never been an atmosphere of religious or political unity in the country. Rampant corruption is a prime obstacle to development in the country.

Much of the male population’s meager income supports the habit of chewing “qat,” (or khat) a green leaf that acts as a mild stimulant inducing euphoria when chewed.

The few known national believers are isolated without an indigenous church. As a result of the prayers of God’s people over the past few years there is now a softening and growing interest from among some Yemenis. Many listen to Christian radio broadcasts from outside in Arabic and there is demand for Bibles even though it is difficult to distribute them.

This week, two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed seven al Qaeda militants and eight civilians in the southern part of Yemen.  It was the latest of several U.S. strikes in Yemen, which is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, described by U.S. officials as the al Qaeda affiliate that poses the most serious threat to the United States.

The original name of Sana’a is Medinat Som, translated the City of Shem.  Tradition holds that after the Flood, Shem, the son of Noah, built the city.  Shem is the ancestor of Abraham.

Our Father in heaven,

Noah said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem.  All divine revelation since Shem has come through his bloodline.  We stand in agreement with Noah and say, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem and blessed be Shem’s bloodline and blessed be his descendants in Yemen. 

We claim the name of Jesus, descended from Shem after the flesh, over the bloodline of Shem in Yemen.  

Jesus is their Redeemer!  The government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace in Yemen.

Redeem that bloodline, Lord.    Purge the evil from their midst.   Bless their land.  Amen.

Genesis 9:26, Isaiah 9:6

Prayer Guide for Yemen

* Pray for the nations leaders to come to know Christ and for wisdom to rule their land in righteousness and justice.

* Pray for aid opportunities to open up in the nation for Christian workers.

* Pray for Christian Radio programmes to reach into remote villages as well as the cities.

*Pray for new means and methods for this nation to care for the very survival of its economy and people. Foreign involvement due to the political, religious and economic situation is almost inevitable; pray that outside powers act in a responsible and wise manner.

References:  Prayer Network, online news, Praying through the Arabian Peninsula, Operation World, Global Day of Prayer, Wikipedia

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This is part of our “praying for the nations” blog series in preparation for the Global Day of Prayer 2012.


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