Religious persecution in the Middle East

September 25, 2013

From Fox News: Religious persecution of Jews and Christians throughout the Middle East is on the rise.

Ephesians 4:4-6 (ESV)
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Our Father in heaven,
You are God. There is no other. There is none like You. Your counsel shall stand, and You will accomplish Your purposes. You are over all in the Middle East–through all and in all.
Stir the hearts of intercessors around the globe to raise up a standard and stem this flood of persecution. May Your name be feared across the Middle East. Amen.
Isaiah 46:9-10, 59:19

Isaiah 53:1-6

September 25, 2013

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? (Isaiah 53:1)
      LORD, please reveal your arm to us so that we might know your saving power.

He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. (Isaiah 53:2)
      Jesus, so many despise you to this day. I’m sorry about that. Help me to make your love and compassion known to the lost and the least.

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. (Isaiah 53:3)
      Jesus, thank you for sharing in my sorrows and griefs. Thank you for being there in all the old wounds I’m afraid to let anyone see.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4)
      Jesus, thank you for carrying my griefs and sorrows to your cross.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
      Thank you, Jesus, for the healing I have experienced through your wounds and blood shed for me. Thank you for the healing that is yet to come.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)
      I did wander far away — thank you for shepherding me back to the fold.

A word received: I AM your strength and your stability.

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; 2 Kings 6:1-23; 1 Cor. 5:9-6:8; Matt. 5:38-48
Thursday: [83] or 146, 147 * 85, 86; 2 Kings 9:1-16; 1 Cor. 6:12-20; Matt. 6:1-6,16-18

      Notes from the Front Line

***** 9/24 State St. Prayer table report, 12:30 – 1:55 PM, Carol MacNaughton, Mary Pasko, Mark Pasko and guitar

Virginia – knee surgery today (9/24) for torn municous

++ Kianna with her very young daughter Syria – pray to find a day care for her daughter so Kianna can keep her job

Mohammed (regular) – keep his good health and strength

Mother and daughter walking by – blessing

Kathy (regular) – we blessed her. Also happy to say she did NOT ask for money!

+Jamal (been to the table before) – doing much better since receiving prayer; asking prayer to keep going, becoming better! More Lord!
+ Quiyana – his young son with him

Judy – recovery from arthritic surgery

Mark – prison ministry

++James with his young son Jimmy – pulled into the parking lot in his car – He was excited to give his testimony. We prayed for the diabetes in his foot on 8/17. He had thought he was going to lose it. It is doing better so the doctoris will not amputate it! We gave thanks then prayed for complete healing. We continue to pray for financial assistance. James stayed to play and sing 6-8 heartfelt Christian songs on Mark’s guitar. He hopes to come join us with his guitar next week.

Jessica – walk by blessing

Xavier – walked by but shouted his testimony. He has been at the table before (6/26) when we prayed for a 70 year old woman friend in the hospital with heart problems. She is fine! We praised the Lord.

***** Prayer Table Report ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Monday, Sept. 23, 2023; 9:45-10:30 a.m. in front of our church at 37 Division Street. Windy and chilly today, and not many people out and about. Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table this day.)

a– anointed with Holy Oil.
t– received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

a — ETHEL — Received prayer for her recent dizziness and confusion. She said she is on medication for it now and is doing better.

a — REBECCA — Asked for prayer for healing in her bad left knee. (It may require surgery soon.)

t — ED — We prayed for his general good health and well-being to continue.

WOMAN RUNNING BY — I shouted out to her “God bless you!” and yelled back with a smile, “God bless YOU, too!”

Albany Intercessor


September 25, 2013

Through history, Bahrain was ruled by the Assyrians and Babylonians. It came under the control of Persians, and then Arabs, under whom the island first became Nestorian Christian and then Islamic.
In 2010, Bahrain’s population grew to 1.2 million. Though a majority of the population is ethnically Arab, a sizeable number of people from South Asia live in the country. Due to an influx of immigrants and guest workers from non-Muslim countries, such as India, Philippines and Sri Lanka, the overall percentage of Muslims in the country has declined to 70.2% in recent years. Christianity, Hinduism, and other religions comprise the rest.

Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.

May it be so for the residents of Bahrain, dear Lord. Amen.

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