July 3, 2012

2 Kings 22-23 (KJV)
10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
6 And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.
12 And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the Lord, did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.

Our Father in heaven,
We are arrogant. We claim to honor Your Holy Word. Yet, we only honor those portions that seem right to us, and we disregard that which doesn’t seem right to us. We honor ourselves.
Forgive us. We in the Episcopal Church have dishonored You, Lord. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
We have given place to Baal, Asherah, the host of heaven, and Molech.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
Stir in the hearts of participants at General Convention a hunger for Holy Scripture. At the appointed times, open their eyes to see what You would have them see; open their hearts to receive it.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, our Messiah,
You tread on the dust of these idols that Kings Asa, Hezekiah, and Josiah dumped in the Kidron Valley when You crossed to the Garden of Gethsemane. During General Convention, for those who in humility repent of false thinking, tread upon the rubble of these strongholds. Tear down these idols and crush them underfoot. Grant them the grace to say, ‘Not my will, but Thine be done. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in my life and in my church as it is in heaven.’
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Asa–healer or physician
Hezekiah–God gives strength
Josiah–healed by Jehovah

Matthew 21:23-27

July 3, 2012

Prayers for the Church (pages 816-17, BCP)

7. For the Church
      Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen.

10. For the Diocese
      O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishops Bill, Dan and David, and other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Now when he came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?” (Matthew 21:23)
      Holy Spirit, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church recognize and accept the authority of Jean and his teaching over their lives.

But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: The baptism of John–where was it from? From heaven or from men?” (Matthew 21:24-25a)
      Holy Father, help all those at the General Convention accept the authority over their lives of what you have done.

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.” (Matthew 21:25b-27a)
      Jesus, lead the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori and the other leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church to repentance for their unwillingness to commit to the truth of the gospel.

And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. (Matthew 21:27b)
      Jesus, no light comes to those who choose to sit in darkness. Help all those at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church to make to the choice to walk as children of the light. Thank you.
I Want to Walk as a Child of the LIght http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmo6A86mis0

A word received 6/28/13: Pray for the General Convention.

Tuesday: [120], 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, [127]; Num. 22:21-38: Rom. 7:1-12: Matt. 21:23-32
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Num. 22:41-23:12: Rom. 7:13-25: Matt. 21:33-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2012 07:24:04 -0400
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Are you praying for salvation for a relative?
      Keep praying.
      You can lead a horse to water,
      you can’t make him drink,
      but you can make him thirsty!
      Keep praying dear soul, keep praying.

***** Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2012
From: Ginnie Grupinski
      Dear praying friends, I have just heard from Bishop Mike Chapman. There are earthquakes happening in Ica and they are quite large with continuing shaking. The people are very afraid. There have been quakes happening up and down the coastline of Peru since the day before the Chapman’s left for America. They have been running from the lower 4’s on the Richter scale to the upper 5’s and low 6’s. The 6 and above are much more dangerous and quite frightening, according to Bishop Mike.
      Please pray for protection for Father Misael and his wife Claudia. Also for their daughter Ruth and her children, who are with them in Ica. Please intercede for the safety of the Ica people and for the Lord to calm their fear. That they would be able to hear Him as He answers their prayers and will be guided by Holy Spirit to places of safety and refuge.
      Please pray for an end to these shakings and for the power of the Lord to be released in greater measure in the lives of the people who are living in these areas. Pray that the government will allow and welcome any outside help that may be offered, and as they have need.
      Just as a reminder, please remember to pray protection for yourselves and your loved ones, as you cry out to the Lord for peace in the people and in their land.
      Thank you for your faithfullness to hold these precious ones before the Lord. In Jesus’ strong name, Ginnie

***** Remember the cost of your freedom.

The American Cemetery in Manila, The Philippines

Albany Intercessor

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