Romans 15:13 and Zechariah 14:8-9

November 30, 2012

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
      Holy Spirit, come and fill us all with hope — hope for your church, our diocese and parishes, and hope for our families and communities.

And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur. (Zechariah 14:8 )
      Jesus, let your living waters flow throughout this diocese and its parishes, and through our families and communities. Thank you.

And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be–“The Lord is one,” and his name one. (Zechariah 14:9)
      Holy Trinity, one God, come and rule and reign in our heats. Help us daily acknowledge your sovereignty over us. Thank you.

      Pray for God’s hand of protection over this diocese.

A word received: You are in my care. I AM your strength.

Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Zech. 14:1-11: Rom. 15:7-13: Luke 19:28-40
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Zech. 14:12-21: Phil. 2:1-11: Luke 19:41-48

Albany Intercessor


Anglican Communion Institute

November 29, 2012

Three courageous priests from the ACI have issued a letter to the House of Bishops.

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for calling Christopher, Ephraim, and Philip to the Episcopal Chuurch for this season. Anoint them fully, we pray. Amen.


Ephesians 1:16-23

November 29, 2012

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: (Ephesians 1:15-16)
      Thank you, Lord, for all the saints who pray for this and the other faithful dioceses and bishops.

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, (Ephesians 1:17)
      Father, please give all your people in this diocese the spirit of wisdom and revelation in knowing Jesus.

the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18 )
      Jesus, open our eyes to our calling in you.

and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power (Ephesians 1:19)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to know your power and believe what you can do among us.

which he worked in christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 1:20)
      Holy Spirit, as you raised Jesus to new life after his crucifixion, bring all of us to this diocese to new life in him. Thank you.

far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. (Ephesians 1:21)
      Jesus, yours is the name that is above every name and salvation is found in no other name than yours.

And he put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:22-23)
      Jesus, please bring your body — the Church — fully under your control. Please stop the attacks by the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori upon your faithful bishops and dioceses and parishes.

      Pray for God’s hand of protection over this diocese.

A word received: Rest in me: I AM your hope.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Zech. 13:1-9: Eph. 1:15-23: Luke 19:11-27
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Zech. 14:1-11: Rom. 15:7-13: Luke 19:28-40

Albany Intercessor


Psalm 128

November 28, 2012

Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways. (Psalm 128:1)
      Father, please help us hear you and walk in your ways and enter into the blessing you have for us.

When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. (Psalm 128:2)
      Father, thank you for your provision for us and that we can receive the labor of our hands. We remember before you all those who search for work and can’t find it. Guide them to it by your Holy Spirit.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table. (Psalm 128:3)
      Jesus, thank you for the children you have blessed us with — thank you for the full quiver you have given us. Thank you for all the fruit that has come out of Jean’s life and ministry.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD. (Psalm 128:4)
      Father, please help us fear you — to hold you in great awe so that we may receive your blessing.

The LORD bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life. (Psalm 128:5)
      Holy Spirit, please help us enter into the Father’s blessing.

Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel! (Psalm 128:6)
      Jesus, thank you that we have gotten to see our children’s children. Thank you for your kindness to us.

Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Zech. 12:1-10: Eph. 1:3-14: Luke 19:1-10
Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Zech. 13:1-9: Eph. 1:15-23: Luke 19:11-27

      Notes from the Front Line

For Prisoners.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From the BCP 1928 )

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3

Albany Intercessor


Justin Welby

November 28, 2012

Luke 18:31-43 NRSV

Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

Lord, we shout out to you as members of the apostolic church. Those in apostolic office don’t seem to understand you. Your death and resurrection are not grasped by the stewards of faith – in fact your saving work for us is flung aside by some.

As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

Jesus, please don’t pass us by. Hear us begging for your healing word to the Anglican Communion.

Open Justin’s understanding as he is called to serve as the Archbishop of Canterbury. By the power of the Holy Spirit, let him do what you did,

+ hearing the voice of the faithful over harsh voices that would silence it

+ calling to your service those who will follow you faithfully

+ healing our spiritual blindness by your word

+ doing works that bring many to glorify and praise God.

We beg this mercy in your name, Jesus, Son of David. Amen.


Justin Welby

November 28, 2012

Zechariah 10:1a (NIV)
Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime . . .

Dear Heavenly Father,
We know that Bishop Welby has not yet been consecrated, but there is already so much work for him to attend to. As he prepares for his new role, we pray that he will pay attention to Your commandments and carefully follow them so that he may be the head, and not the tail. Open the heavens, Lord, the storehouse of Your bounty, over Justin and bless all the work of his hands. Amen.
Deuteronomy 28:12-13


Praise

November 27, 2012

The name Arioch means servant of the moon god. Arioch was the captain of Nebuchadnezzar’ guard, commissioned to kill the wise men of Babylon for not being able to tell the king his dream. Daniel and his three friends pray, and the dream is revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Interestingly, Daniel’s blessing challenges moon worship in two phrases: “he changes times and seasons” and “light dwells with him.”
Today, moon worship can be found in Hinduism, witchcraft, neopagan religions, and astrology.

Daniel 2:20-23 (NIV)

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king


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