July 17, 2012

Benaiah was head of David’s bodyguard and of Solomon’s army. Interestingly, David’s bodyguard was composed of Cherethites and Pelethites, Gentile mercenaries loyal to David from their time with him in the wilderness.

2 Samuel 23:20-23 (NKJV)
Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab.
Father, how many times have we gratified the desires of the flesh, even when we knew those desires were against the Spirit?
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Help us to put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to our earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. (Galatians 5:16-17, Colossians 3:5).
He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.
Father, our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. With Your help, may we resist the devil so that he will flee from us. (1 Peter 5:8, James 4:7)
And he killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; so he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear.
Father, You redeemed the children of Israel out of Egypt, and You redeemed us out of the world by the death of Your Son Jesus on the cross. Yet how often we are tempted by the world. Grant us the vision and the courage to take the material things of the world to establish Your kingdom on earth.
These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty men. He was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard.
Father, may we also contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 3) Amen.

Inspiration for this prayer came from Devotions for Growing Christians.

Matthew 25:14-30

July 17, 2012

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.” (Matthew 25:14-15)
      Holy Spirit, please help each of us in this diocese recognize and use the gifts and talents you have given us for the building up of the kingdom of God.

“Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.” (Matthew 25:16-17)
      Jesus, please help us daily repent of looking at the talents you have given others and use the talents you have given us.

“After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'” (Matthew 25:19-23)
      Jesus, thank you for the way you judge and evaluate each of us. You are fair and just and merciful.

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'” (Matthew 25:24-30)
      Jesus, cleanse those who hold positions of trust and refuse to use the gifts and talents you have given them. Set them free from fear and anxiety — give them boldness for your Father’s kingdom.

A word received: Psalm 9:9-10 I want to be the refuge that you fly to in times of trouble.

Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Joshua 2:15-24: Rom. 11:13-24: Matt. 25:14-30
Wednesday: 38 * 119:25-48; Joshua 3:1-13: Rom. 11:25-36: Matt. 25:31-46

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012
From: Deacon Alan Hart
Subject: July 16 PT Report, ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, July 16, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church across from the weekly Soup Kitchen lunch at the Masonic Lodge. This was our SECOND straight Monday trying this, and we plan to make it a weekly event. Two people returned today for prayer. We are very encouraged that we can eventually bring many, many people (who might not otherwise get to know Him) to Jesus Christ in this way. Please pray for these people who came today. Deacon Alan Hart presided at His table.)

a–denotes anointed with Holy Oil.
t–denotes received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

REBECCA — This young woman was our first visitor two weeks in a row. She declined prayer for herself but thanked us again for our prayers last Monday on behalf of her father-in-law who is in a nursing home in St. Johnsville. “He’s doing much better since your prayers with me last time!” she said.

a,t — NELIDA — This woman came a bit reluctantly to the table but nevertheless accepted our invitation and I anointed her and prayed for her.

a,t — FRANCESCA — After Nelida got up from the chair, two women (Francesca and neighbor/friend MARIA) came over and began talking to Nelida in Spanish and then THEY came over for prayer as well. Francesca, who is from Philadelphia and is bilingual, told me she and Maria had wondered what the Prayer Table was about, but now they understood. Francesca asked for prayer for her depression.

a,t — MARIA — We prayed for Maria’s general well-being and health and that she will come to know Christ as her Savior. When she was getting up, I said “God bless you” to Maria. Maria then immediately said something to Francesca in Spanish and Francesca explained to me that Maria wanted to know what that thing was that I had said. Then Francesca told me that the words “Dios te Bendiga” mean “God bless you” in Spanish. Maria’s face then lit up with a smile and she gave me a big hug.

a,t — DIANE — This young woman declined prayer the first time she went by, but she said “Maybe on my way back, OK?” She DID come to the table on her way back, and she said “I don’t know what you want me to do here.” I told her I wanted to know if she needed prayer for any concern for herself or someone else. She started to well up and told me her fiancee, Arthur, recently passed away from throat cancer. We prayed at length for Diane for the strength and courage to deal with this terrible loss and to get back on her feet and feeling a little better about things.

MEAD — This older woman stopped last week and thanked us for “… bring out here.” She said again this time “I love what you’re doing being out here praying for people. We ALL need prayer.” Amen to that. Dios te Bendiga, everyone!

Albany Intercessor

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