O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)
Holy Father, there are so many forces of wickedness which are attacking your church and this diocese. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.
Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD. (2 Chronicles 20:13)
Holy Spirit, please help us come before you as families and pray according to your mind.
Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. (2 Chronicles 20:14)
Jesus, let your Holy Spirit come upon men and women who will speak your word to us.
And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)
Father, please help us recognize what is really true, that the battle is yours, not ours.
Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:16-17)
Holy Spirit, help us stand still and see the salvation that Jesus will bring to pass for us.
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high. So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” (2 Chronicles 20:18-20)
LORD God, help us to believe you and put our whole trust in you.
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 20:21)
Father, help us to go forth praising you. Let every choir and music group and musician in the diocese lead your people with praise and worship.
Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. (2 Chronicles 20:22)
Holy Spirit, please help us daily sing and make melody in our hearts to praise Jesus so that the enemy will be defeated.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14
Holy God, help us to humble ourselves and pray and seek your face and turn from our wicked ways. Hear our cry from heaven and forgive our sin and heal our land. Thank you.
Heal Our Land – Jamie Rivera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zjTSLLLYlk
Jan. 8 : 117, 118 * 112, 113; Isa. 59:15-21; Rev. 2:8-17; John 4:46-54
Jan. 9: 121, 122, 123 * 131, 132; Isa. 63:1-5; Rev. 2:18-29; John 5:1-15
Notes from the Front Line
***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, January 7, 10-11 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Quite cold today (28 at start) but sunny. A little smaller in terms of numbers today, but … that is not the aim of the prayer table to rack up big numbers. Transforming lives and being “there” for people seeking Jesus in the aim. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table today.)
t– Indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina. (Did not anoint anyone with Holy Oil today.)
DAVID — A regular at the table (proud Navy veteran of Viet Nam), David sought prayer this time for continued faith and strength in his lay ministry to other veterans. He also gave me a medallion made in Yugoslavia of Mary and the infant Jesus and told me to give it to someone who can really use it. (I know just the person — an older woman named JEANNETTE at Ellis Hospital who is struggling with start of dementia, is scared, etc. I will give it to her Wednesday after the Protestant service we do there.)
t–CHAD — This man and his wife were driving by and noticed the table, rolled down the window and asked how much we were charging for the warm winter clothing (hats, gloves, socks) we give out. When I told them it was free — as well as the crosses and the prayers — they drove around the block and came to the table! They received prayer for provision, protection and strength. They were so surprised that a church would “care” for them. Of course we care, because He cares!
MAILMAN — declined prayer; said maybe next time.
t,t,t — MAN, WIFE, YOUNG DAUGHTER (Did not give names) — This young family, too, was astonished that free clothing is being handed out, that we care! (Note: My friends, the people are SO appreciative of winter clothing that they could otherwise not afford or obtain. THANK YOU all you brothers and sisters out there who are praying for the table and supporting with financial contributions all the prayer tables in the Diocese who reach out to the poor in this way!)
REBECCA — Asked for prayer for her nephew, 8-month-old MICHAEL. He’s OK, but Rebecca is babysitting him for two days while her sister (Mike’s Mom) is in the hospital. God knows the details.
ETHEL — WOnderful 80-ish woman who always comes to the table and thanks us for “being out there.” She requested prayer this time because she fell walking down the hill a few days ago (many of the streets and sidewalks in Amsterdam have been neglected!) and got bruised up. We prayed for quick and complete healing for Ethel and protection from future falls.
***** Nigel Mumford
My friend, If you have an issue with your physician, medication or medical protocols perhaps this will help you. Personally I believe in “Prayer and Prozac!” I believe God has given us gifts that are directly from him! We NEVER tell people not to pay attention to their doctor or pharmacist.
If you say grace over your food, try saying grace over your medications. That they will “hit the target” and “have no side effects.” Pay particular attention to verses 1, 8, 13 and 14. Verse 15 confirms the words of Jesus to go and sin no more. The correlation of sin and “some” sicknesses.
 Honor the physician with the honor due him, according to your need of him, for the Lord created him;
 for healing comes from the Most High, and he will receive a gift from the king.
 The skill of the physician lifts up his head, and in the presence of great men he is admired.
 The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible man will not despise them.
 Was not water made sweet with a tree in order that his power might be known?
 And he gave skill to men that he might be glorified in his marvelous works.
 By them he heals and takes away pain;
 the pharmacist makes of them a compound. His works will never be finished; and from him health is upon the face of the earth.
 My son, when you are sick do not be negligent, but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.
 Give up your faults and direct your hands aright, and cleanse your heart from all sin.
 Offer a sweet-smelling sacrifice, and a memorial portion of fine flour, and pour oil on your offering, as much as you can afford.
 And give the physician his place, for the Lord created him; let him not leave you, for there is need of him.
 There is a time when success lies in the hands of physicians,
 for they too will pray to the Lord that he should grant them success in diagnosis and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.
 He who sins before his Maker, may he fall into the care of a physician.
~Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Dear brothers and sister in Christ, may I remind you that something always happens when you pray.
~Fr. Nigel Mumford+