So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; (James 1:19)
LORD, please help us to lay aside fretting, anxiety, and wrath; help us to be swift to hear what the other person is saying, and slow to speak.
for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:20)
LORD, I get so angry about the evil being done in the Episcopal Church; please help me daily turn to you and lay aside my wrath.
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21)
Holy Spirit, help me receive your word in my heart and in my mind. Thank you.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (James 1:22-24)
Father, help me to actually do your word and your will and not just mouth the words.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25)
Holy Spirit, help me daily look into your perfect law of liberty and be guided in my deeds and words by your word to me.
Friday: 88 * 91, 92; Joel 2:28-3:8: James 1:16-27: Luke 16:1-9
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Joel 3:9-17: James 2:1-13: Luke 16:10-17(18 )
Notes from the Front Line
***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, November 15, 2012, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, Richard Barratiere and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates anointing with Holy water
Dan — A young man who had led a fairly wild life recently died as a believer in Jesus Christ. He was rejected by his parents. We prayed for his parents and the whole situation.
a Peter (regular) — Connie and the baby are doing well. We prayed for his father George and his brother George.
+a Maurice (he runs the men’s shelter) — We prayed for God’s anointing on him as he worked.
Reggie — He came up and prayed for Jean when he heard that she turned 82 on Wednesday.
a Smiley — He talked about his ministry to the volunteers who came from various churches to serve at the evening meals. He talked about how he to help them relax and enjoy their volunteer work. We prayed for an anointing on him as he did this.
a Gary — He had many concerns: his family, his back, and the Mission. He gave thanks that his wife Debbie is doing well now.
a Eleanor — She a home health aide and finds the work fairly stressful. She got a cross for her boyfriend +Gerald who is in a state prison.
a Jerry (regular) — His grandson Jerret is doing well. Neal still does not have a prosthetic leg that fits him properly. Donita (with ovarian cancer) is still the same. A friend Teresa just discovered that she has a rare form of cancer on her finger and the doctors are going to amputate the finger. They are concerned that it might have spread to her lymph nodes.
Michael (very angry) — We prayed after he left against any demonic attack and for a filling with the Holy Spirit.
Evelyn — She was distressed about First Methodist Church on State St. being vandalized and that this would compromise the good work that church does.