“The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning, he awakens my ear to hear as the learned. The Lord GOD has opened my ear;” (Isaiah 50:4-5a)
Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and he was alone on the land. Then he saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. (Mark 6:47-48 )
Jesus, please come to us when we are “straining at rowing” and are weary and discouraged with the task at hand.
And when they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him and were troubled. But immediately he talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” (Mark 6:49-50)
Holy Spirit, replace our fear of a personal encounter with Jesus with his words of peace and comfort.
Then he went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. (Mark 6:51)
Jesus, thank you that you come “into the boat” with us and share our lives with us. Thank you for sharing your new life with us.
For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:52)
Father, so often our hearts are hardened by not understanding what Jesus has done for us — soften our hearts by your Holy Spirit. Thank you.
A word received: I hold you in my hand.
Friday: 40, 54 * 51; Isa. 50:1-11; Gal. 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56
Saturday: 55 * 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Isa. 51:1-8; Gal. 3:23-29; Mark 7:1-23
Notes from the Front Line
Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for increase in disciples and Lay Leaders, February 1 Bishop William Love
From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Subject: Thoughts on prayer for the healing of cancer.
Someone once said, “cancer is a word, NOT a sentence.”
Now, here is a thought that came to me. Jesus cursed the fig tree because it had no fruit and it was out of season. The fig tree died!
Mathew 21: 18-20 writes:
“In the early dawn the next morning, as He was coming back to the city, He was hungry. And as He saw one single leafy fig tree above the roadside, He went to it but He found nothing but leaves on it (seeing that in the fig tree the fruit appears at the same time as the leaves]. And He said to it, Never again shall fruit grow on you! And the fig tree withered up at once. When the disciples saw it, they marveled greatly and asked, How is it that the fig tree has withered away all at once?”
Matthew 21:21 writes:
“And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done.”
Can we not “curse cancer” in the same fashion? Just like the fig tree, “It” has no fruit and it is out of season! cancer die and be gone, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. cancer, be taken up and cast into the sea….cancer wither and die just like the fig tree. Pray that any feeder blood vesicles will be closed and that any juvenile delinquent cancer cells not even think of manifesting.
Matthew 21:22 writes:
“And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.”
(Please note the small “c”)
Please remember it is NOT “your” cancer it is the cancer!)
~Fr. Nigel Mumford+
From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Lord, you are the King of Kings,
The Lord of Lords,
The Great Physician,
The Lover of souls.
May I humbly remind you that your soul is loved…
~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+
***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:05 – 6:15 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell, 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 anointed with Holy Water
DAN asked prayer for PASTOR DAN AND WENDY CRAGAN on the staff of Schenectady City Mission. Their daughter-in-law CHRIS is still in a coma.
Dan’s daughters are doing well. Dan also asked prayer for his neighbor’s grandson, NICOLAS, who has had repeated infections and surgeries. Pray for a full and speedy recovery for both Christ and Nicolas.
GARY — He said, “God has been answering prayer.” We prayed for blessing and provision for him and his family.
TORRE — He asked prayer for JEAN who is having a shoulder replacement March 5th.
BRUCE — We prayed for full healing of his thumb.
CHUCK — He prayed for TORRE to be set free from stress.
+KIM — She came and asked for a cross.
+a ROBERT — He is having a hard time with the chemo and radiation treatments.
+a CHARLIE — He has bad arthritis in his back and left him. He was turned down again for Social Security disability.
RON — He is still being denied visits with his daughter ISABEL. There is only one place that can provide supervised visits and it is booked up till June or July. Because he has not had any supervised visits, the judge has denied his petition to have supervised visits.
+JAMIE — She had just received word that her grandfather had died of cancer.
+a LEROY — He is having problems with his landlord. Leroy was recently robbed. He said, “I’m restless.”
+MIKE — He asked prayer that he would get more work hours as a chef. Currently he is only getting 11-12 hours per week which is not enough to pay his rent.
REGGIE — He is going on a retreat this weekend with some of the men from the mission. We prayed for a time of renewal and blessing.