GC2012–Anglicans United prayer request

July 11, 2012

Pray against the spirits of this age, which hold so many captive. This spirits of licentiousness – do whatever you want – and lust, rule much of our daily lives and preoccupy our thoughts.

Forgive me. I am a creature of fleshly weakness and of spiritual cowardice. In my anxiety, I seek comfort in fleshly comforts rather than leaning on You. I am timid in naming the spirits of Baal and Asherah, Molech, and anti-Christ when I clearly recognize the work of their hands.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
I thank You that Christ Jesus did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage. I thank You He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!
I praise You Father for the exaltation of Christ Jesus to the highest place. At the name of Christ Jesus the spirits of licentiousness, lust, narcissism, hatred, arrogance, deceit, and lies must bow their knees. At the name of Christ Jesus the spirits of Baal, Asherah, Molech, and anti-Christ must bow their knees. I proclaim the lordship of Christ Jesus in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Amen. (Philippians 2)

Pray for the deputies and bishops as they begin to look toward home. Pray that conservative deputies and bishops will not be taken captive by a spirit of despair. Pray that they will sow joy and peace in believing in the final two days here and then back home.

To all deputies, bishops, journalists, and visitors who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:7)

James 1:2-4. “Consider it all joy my brethren whenever you encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations….” Let this scripture guide your prayers and understanding of the difficulties we are undergoing in this Church. Consider it all joy? Yes, count it wholly joyful. The Scripture continues, “Be assured and understand that the trial of your faith will produce endurance, steadfastness and patience.” God is in these times. This passage affirms, “God is in charge and nothing happens by chance.” By these actions, the faithful will gain endurance, patience and the ability to persevere. For this we praise God.

We praise You, Lord God, for the privilege of living in this time and in these circumstances. We hold high the banner of Christ. We thank You for all of Your tender mercies, for the endurance, steadfastness, and patience that You have bestowed upon us. Holy is Your name. Amen.

St. Augustine’s Prayer: “Strengthen our weakness…”

July 11, 2012

This is a favorite prayer of mine. Kendall Harmon has posted it this morning at TitusOneNine. It’s a very apt prayer, especially in interceding today for the orthodox Episcopalians at General Convention. May our Gracious Father indeed strengthen them in weakness to do valiantly in this spiritual battle.

O God, our Father, we are exceedingly frail, and indisposed to every virtuous and gallant undertaking: Strengthen our weakness, we beseech thee, that we may do valiantly in this spiritual war; help us against our own negligence and cowardice, and defend us from the treachery of our unfaithful hearts; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

–St. Augustine (354-430)

GC2012–Another intercession of Moses

July 11, 2012

Following the golden calf and the broken tablets of stone–

Exodus 33:13(AMP)
Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly] and that I may find favor in Your sight. And [Lord, do] consider that this nation is Your people.

Luke 1:1-4

July 11, 2012

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1)
      Lord, the Episcopal Church is so messed up and has chosen to affirm so much that is against your word — we don’t even know how to pray for it. Lord Jesus, teach us how to pray for the Episcopal Church.

So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven,” (Luke 11:2a)
      Father, thank you for being a father to us and for caring for us.

“Hallowed be Your name.” (Luke 11:2b)
      Holy Spirit, seal our lips and help us to keep God’s name holy. We are a people of unclean lips; have mercy on us for we have seen your holiness. (See Isaiah 6:5)

“Your kingdom come.” (Luke 11:2c)
      Father, we pray for your kingdom to be established in our hearts and in the Episcopal Church.

“Your will be done” (Luke 11:2d)
      Father, whatever the cost, we ask for your will to be done in the Episcopal Church.

“On earth as it is in heaven.” (Luke 11:2e)
      Father, let the river of your Spirit flow through our community and parish, through this diocese and throughout the Episcopal Church. Thank you.

“Give us day by day our daily bread.” (Luke 11:3)
      Father, we look to you for this day’s bread, and because we cannot live by bread alone, feed us with your word today.

“And forgive us our sins,” (Luke 11:4a)
      Forgive our personal sins and the sins of the Episcopal Church.

“For we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” (Luke 11:4b)
      Help us, Jesus, to daily forgive the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church and pray for their salvation and for all those they are trying to lead astray.

And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” (Luke 11:4c)
      Lord Jesus Christ, the Episcopal Church has given into every temptation to let the world, the flesh, and the devil set its agenda rather than the will of your Father. Have mercy on us. Protect Bishop Bill and all your faithful bishops and clergy who are being charged with offenses because they have been faithful to your kingdom purposes. Thank you for them and their leadership.

A word received: Keep looking to me — I AM your helper and your redeemer.

Wednesday: 119:1-24 * 12, 13, 14; Deut. 1:1-18: Rom. 9:1-18: Matt. 23:27-39
Thursday: 18:1-20 * 18:21-50; Deut. 3:18-28: Rom. 9:19-33: Matt. 24:1-14

Albany Intercessor

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