Mark 14:35-36 and Psalm 17:5

August 30, 2013

He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Take this cup away from me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:35-36)
      Jesus, help us surrender our wills to the Father’s will as you did.

      Holy Spirit, give strength to endure when the times are hard.

      Father, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth and in our hearts as it is in heaven. Thank you.

Uphold my steps in your paths, that my footsteps may not slip. (Psalm 17:5)
      A word received: Look to me to steady your feet.

Friday: 16, 17 * 22; 1 Kings 5:1-6:1,7; Acts 28:1-16; Mark 14:27-42
Saturday: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117; 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; Acts 28:17-31; Mark 14:43-52

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, August 29, 2013, 5:15 – 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 — We gave thanks that he had connected with his daughter. We prayed for a young man Kyle.

+Tony — He was having lots of spiritual warfare issues.

Bob — That he would soon get a steady job.

Ted (volunteer) — He again asked prayer for his daughter Camille who has lyme disease and is having difficulty getting treatment.

+a Erica (woman) — She is homelss, going from house to house. She needs a job, also prayer for her daughter Alia.

+a Jamal (young man) — “protection and provision”

Stephen (man) — He talked incessantly but did no listening and wouldn’t receive prayer.

*****       Loving the Lord by John Henry Jowett, 1863-1923
            Luke 10:21-28
      The secret of life is to love the Lord our God, and our neighbours as ourselves. But how are we to love the Lord? We cannot manufacture love. We cannot love to order. We cannot by an act of the will command its appearing. No, not in these ways is love created. Love is not a work, it is a fruit. It grows in suitable soils, and it is our part to prepare the soils. When the conditions are congenial, love appears, just as the crocus and the snowdrop appear in the congenial air of the spring.
      What, then, can we do? We can seek the Lord’s society. We can think about Him. We can fill our imaginations with the grace of His life and service. We can be much with Him, talking to Him in prayer, singing to Him in praise, telling Him our yearnings and confessing to Him our defeats. And love will be quietly born. For this is how love is born between heart and heart. Two people are “much together,” and love is born! And when we are much with the Lord, we are with One who already loves us with an everlasting love. We are with One who yearns for our love and who seeks in every way to win it. “We love Him because He first loved us.” And when we truly love God, every other kind of holy love will follow. Given the fountain, the rivers are sure.

***** Today with a gods help I will listen to The Lord.
May your heart be “strangely warmed” as you read this. May you receive this as a prayer as The Lord pours his peace into you. May you know this day the pure love of The Lord as He heals and restores you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is with you always. Push out the worry, fear and pain. Give it all to The Lord! Make room for that “knowing.” Listen pal, He loves you, stop fretting, and allow The Lord to fill your heart with His divine presence. Take a moment to know you are being prayed for and fill your heart with that amazing gift. Breath in the very presence of The Lord…
God bless you dear soul.
~Nigel Mumford+

Albany Intercessor

Honduras–children’s rights

August 30, 2013

From Humanium:
–Nearly 50% of Honduran families are single-parent families and do not receive any State allowances.
–The UNICEF estimated that there were more than 150,000 orphans in the country.
–Most orphanages do not accept many street children and those who are accepted often run away when they are suffering from withdrawal symptoms. In fact, over 90% of them resist hunger by inhaling “Resistol” or shoe glue, which though less expensive than food, is highly toxic and many children die before they are 18.
–Street children are mostly found in the two largest Honduran cities: Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. The majority are boys who leave the house at around 12 years. Some children join the “mara” gangs that spread terror and which act as a substitute family for young people
–All forms of sexual exploitation of children for financial gain remain widespread

Malachi 4 (ESV)
The Great Day of the Lord

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
Lord, have mercy upon the nation of Honduras.
But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.
Christ, have mercy upon the nation of Honduras.
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.
Father, thank You for helping us understand what love looks like. May Your love flow over Honduras.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
Oh, Father, would that the hearts of the fathers turn to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Raise up father figures like Mordecai for the children without fathers.

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