Then one was brought to him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and he healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. (Matthew 12:22)
Jesus, I pray for all those in your church who have been blinded by the political correctness of our generation and those who are deaf to your word and those who are afflicted by the eveil one: that you will heal them and set them free.
And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” (Matthew 12:23)
Holy Spirit, please hep the multitudes of our generation begin to seek to know who Jesus is.
Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” (Matthew 12:24)
Have mercy, Lord, on those in your church who call evil good and good evil and who remain silent when they should speak. Move their hearts!
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” (Matthew 12:25)
Father, the Episcopal Church has become a house divided against itself; have mercy on us.
“If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?” (Matthew 12:26)
Lord, frustrate the desires of Satan and bring his counsels to naught.
“And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.” (Matthew 12:27)
Holy Spirit, help us look at the evidence of the works that Jesus has done among us and believe
“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Matthew 12:28 )
Jesus, help us know that the kingdom of God has come among us.
“Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.” (Matthew 12:29)
Holy Spirit, as we encounter the work of the evil one, help us bind him by the power of the name of Jesus.
“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters abroad.” (Matthew 12:30)
Jesus, help us daily stand with you. The times are evil, but you are good and we can find shelter in your arms. Bring to repentance all those who scatter and oppose your work.
“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.” (Matthew 12:31)
With Isaiah we say, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5) As you did with Isaiah, cleanse our lips and purify our speech.
“Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. “ (Matthew 12:32)
Holy Spirit, so fill us up with your presence and power that we honor you in word and deed. Thank you.
A word received: Are you being disciples?
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Prov. 10:1-12: 1 Tim. 1:1-17: Matt. 12:22-32
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Prov. 15:16-33: 1 Tim. 1:18-2:8: Matt. 12:33-42
Notes from the Front Line
***** Pray for the Diocesan Convention: good weather, no black flies, mosquitoes or bears, and travel mercies. Pray that we will all enter into the Father’s provision for us: the gift of the Holy Spirit. Pray that each of us will find joy in sharing Jesus with others.
***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Trinity Sunday 93 or 13 or Canticle 2; Exodus 3:1-6; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-16).
***** Date: Sun, 27 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
Conflict, criticism, and comparison. Three words that can be crucial in ones daily life on the one hand or not on the other! Your choice.