40 days for life

October 1, 2012

This is an excerpt from Sir Francis Drake’s prayer (1577).

. . . Disturb us, Lord, when
with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim. . . .
This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ. Amen.

Luke 5:1-11

October 1, 2012

So it was, as the multitude pressed about him to hear the word of God, that he stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then he got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When he had stopped speaking, he said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your word I will let down the net.” (Luke 5:1-5)
      Lord Jesus, help us respond to your word and at your bidding launch out into the deep. Even when we are tired and have toiled fruitlessly, help us trust you and “let down the net.”

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. (Luke 5:6)
      Lord, he was obedient to your word and produced a great harvest — move your church into that same obedience Simon Peter had.

So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. (Luke 5:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be willing; to bring others into bringing in the catch. The “catch” belongs to Jesus, not to us.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8 )
      Father, Simon Peter was moved to acknowledge his sinfulness by the work of Jesus in his life. Move all of us to that same realization of our need for Jesus’ amazing grace.

      BBC Songs Of Praise ‘God’s Grace’/And Can It Be (That I Should Gain) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9wIP9Ahykc

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed him. (Luke 5:9-11)
      Holy Spirit, please help us leave everything behind that hinders our following Jesus. Thank you.

Mark 9:38-50 A word received: What are you willing to give up to be faithful to me.
A word received: Pray for my word to take root in your heart.

Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Hosea 2:14-23: Acts 20:17-38: Luke 5:1-11
Tuesday: 97, 99, [100] * 94, [95]; Hosea 4:1-10: Acts 21:1-14: Luke 5:12-26

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for a speedy recovery for Fr. Nigel Mumford from his hip replacement.

***** Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2012
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: blog
      Please visit my blog at http://nigelmumford.wordpress.com/ where I have written an article on St. Therese of Liseux. She died 115 years ago today. This story involves, Jerusalem, the German war effort, a seminary student who was forced to become an SS officer, a French nun, driving an English car in France on the wrong side of the road and a series of divine appointment that totally changed my life.
God Bless You

***** Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2012
From: Rob Sutherland [Chaplain in Australia]
Subject: Warrior Welcome Home Retreat
Dear Torre,
      Thought I’d give you a quick update to say thank you to you and your prayer team. God was with us wonderfully and powerfully for our WWH Retreat. As a pilot or proof of concept it was a great success. My illness and almost complete loss of voice allowed God to move the activity much more in His direction than in mine. The retreat location, the food, the whale watching trip, the welcome home dinner and the memorial service all had the desired effect. We now have to review all that we have and see where God wants to take it next.
      Thanks for your prayers; God is very, very good. Blessings

Albany Intercessor

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