1 Kings 18:21

September 13, 2013

And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. (1 Kings 18:21)
LORD, I pray for your people who falter between the two opinions and remain silent when they should speak.

A word received: Choose this day whom you will serve.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; 1 Kings 18:20-40; Phil. 3:1-16; Matt. 3:1-12
Saturday: 55 * 138,139:1-17(18-23); 1 Kings 18:41-19:8; Phil. 3:17-4:7; Matt. 3:13-17

Notes from the Front Line

Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for everyone to read the Scriptures September 13 For Transitions Ministers

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, Septemeber 12, 2013, 5:05 – 6:00 p.m.. Torre and Jean Bissell 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

Gary — He prayed for strength and endurance for Torre and Jean. He asked prayer for his wife Debbie who is having a hard time, and for Chris Richmond (whose cancer has now gone into her brain).

Ricos (young man) — “I’m staying out of trouble.”

Ted (volunteer) — He said his daughter Camille is doing better with the lyme disease and is back at work.

+a Ricky (young man) — “Protection from attack.” We prayed for both physical and spiritual protection.

++ Anthony (volunteer) — “for the victims of 9/11”

+a Diaz (man) and Maria — Maria asked prayers for their children: Bethany, Amanda, and Isaac and for her sister Rena and her brother David who is autistic and trying to hit his mom Myrna. We prayed that Diaz would become the man, the father, the husband that God is calling him to be.

Corey (volunteer) and Aunt Maria — prayed for God’s blessing on them.

Albany Intercessor

Radioactive ocean plume from Fukushima

September 13, 2013

From NBC: Ocean simulations showed that the plume of radioactive cesium-137 released by the Fukushima disaster in 2011 could begin flowing into U.S. coastal waters starting in early 2014 and peak in 2016. The concentration of radioactive material falls well below the World Health Organization’s safety levels.
Personally, the fact that there is enough radiation that the scientists can map it makes me uncomfortable.

Triune God,
In the beginning, Your Spirit hovered over the face of the waters and brought order out of chaos. You gathered together the waters under the heaven. You said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So You created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems and every winged bird, and it was good.
You measured the waters and gathered the wind in the hollow of Your hands. You fixed the limits of the water and established all the ends of the earth.
The earth is Yours, Lord, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. All things were made through Christ, for Christ, and by Christ. All things are sustained by Christ’s powerful word.
Humanity was made in Your image to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air. We were created to love You and to love others, and we have failed. We have not reflected Your love.
We have not loved You with all our heart, mind, and soul. We have spiritually polluted our shores with idolatry—opulence and festivals of debauchery.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have ignored the cries of our desperately poor neighbors.
In our greed, we have failed to protect God’s creation, the earth and the seas and the living creatures, over which we were given dominion. We have physically polluted our shores. We thought we were gods, but our recklessness has brought us to our knees, to ask for Your forgiveness for the chaos we have brought about.
Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy.
Our Christian faith and the moral foundations of our society are rooted in Your relationship with the children of Israel. Yet our nation has insulted and betrayed the nation of Israel.
Every sector of our society has fallen short—the church, the government, the economy, the educational system, the media, arts and entertainment, and the family. We were made in Your image, and yet every aspect of our culture has failed to reflect Your character. Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy.

You are our only hope.

Just as You were present with the three Jewish men in the fiery furnace, in deep humility, we ask for Your presence, protection, and provision for
–those persons living on the path of the radioactive plume of water.
–the creatures of the Pacific Ocean and the food chain.

You are our only hope.

Just as You blessed King Solomon with wisdom to rule, grant the same to the scientists and civic leaders monitoring this situation.

You are our only hope.

Just as You protected Daniel from the destruction of the lions, we ask for the protection of our nation from the destructive emotions of fear, hate, greed, jealousy, anger, dissension, ambition, and resentment.

You are our only hope.

Overnight, You caused Aaron’s staff to sprout and bud and blossom and bear almonds. Touch the spirit of this nation and bring forth love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

You are our only hope.

The heavens are the work of Your fingers. You set the moon and stars in their place. O Lord, we cry out for the touch of Your finger to cleanse this plume. You controlled the flow of the Red Sea and the Jordan River. You made the sun to stop in its course and the iron axehead to float. You calmed the storm and walked on water. You brought forth water from a rock and restored life to the dead. With You, nothing is impossible.

You are our only hope.

We pray for the cleansing of the oceans, the shorelines, and the marshes and all the creatures that dwell in them. We pray for our children whose earthly home we have so imperiled.

You are our only hope. You will not leave us orphaned. Thank you, God, for never forsaking us. In the name of Jesus, help us to not forsake You. Amen.

Matthew 3:1-3

September 13, 2013

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, (Matthew 3:1)
      Lord, send your messengers to speak in the wilderness areas of my life. Have them come into all those parts of my life that are still untamed.

and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:2)
      Holy Spirit, bring me, bring all of us to repentance and the certain knowledge that the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make his paths straight.’ “ (Matthew 3:3)
      LORD, help me to hear that voice. Make your ways straight before me. Thank you.

A word received: Give thanks for my provision. Pray for eyes to see it.

Friday: 40, 54 * 51; 1 Kings 18:20-40; Phil. 3:1-16; Matt. 3:1-12
Saturday: 55 * 138,139:1-17(18-23); 1 Kings 18:41-19:8; Phil. 3:17-4:7; Matt. 3:13-17

Albany Intercessor


September 13, 2013

The pillars were named Jakin (He establishes) and Boaz (in Him is strength).

Jeremiah 52:20 NIV
The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the twelve bronze bulls under it, and the movable stands, which King Solomon had made for the temple of the Lord, was more than could be weighed.

Ephesians 2:19-21 NIV
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.

Jehovah God establishes and in Him is strength.
Christ Jesus, You are the cornerstone of Honduras. Yea! The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. It is marvelous in our eyes, and we who believe shall not be disappointed.
Jehovah God establishes and in Him is strength.
Holy Spirit, with honey from the rock You would satisfy Honduras. You have spoken through the apostles and prophets.
Jehovah God establishes and in Him is strength.
Honduras, your support–the foundation of the apostles and the prophets and Christ Jesus the chief cornerstone–is more than can be weighed.
Jehovah God establishes and in Him is strength.
Honduras, arise to become a holy temple in the Lord. Shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Arise, Honduras. Arise! Amen.

Psalm 81:16b, Isaiah 60:1

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