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
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.