Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, pleading with him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (Matthew 8:5-9)
Holy Spirit, help all of us in this diocese come to understand (and live out) what it means to be under the authority of Jesus and have him as Lord of our lives.
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:10-12)
Jesus, bring us to this same kind of faith as the centurion had where we will truly trust you to hear and act on our prayers.
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13)
Father, we pray for the healing ministry throughout this diocese:
let the blind see,
the lame walk,
the lepers and the unclean be cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead be raised,
the poor have the gospel preached to them,
and we are blessed because we are not offended by the way Jesus does things (see Matthew 11:5-6).
Lord Jesus Christ, I pray for your suffering church, for those who will die today because of their faith in you. Give them strength to endure to the end. Thank you.
A word received: Cry out to me in hope and faith as the centurion did.
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 2 Kings 19:1-20; 1 Cor. 9:16-27; Matt. 8:1-17
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; 2 Kings 19:21-36; 1 Cor. 10:1-13; Matt:8:18-27
Sunday: 118 * 145; 2 Kings 20:1-21; Acts 12:1-17; Luke 7:11-17
Proper 22 Closest to October 5: 37:1-18 or 37:3-10; Habakkuk 1:1-6(7-11)12-13; 2:1-4; 2 Timothy 1:(1-5)6-14; Luke 17:5-10
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; 2 Kings 21:1-18; 1 Cor. 10:14-11:1; Matt. 8:28-34
Notes from the Front Line
***** Prayer table report Thursday October 3rd 12:30 – 1:50 pm, State Street Schenectady. Carol MacNaughton, Mary Pasko, Mark Pasko and guitar
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
++ Thelia (mother with small baby) – increase her knowledge of Jesus, leading and protect her and her child in life’s journey
+Angela – encouragement to seek Jesus, prayers for good choices
Man walking by proudly held out his wooden cross and proclaimed he had had it on for 7 years.
Car passing by honked Hello. Mary recognized the driver from someone we had prayed for previously on Albany street.
+++ Yazmin (young mother with her young children Calvin, Isaiah) – she handed us a tract (Eternal Life is a Free Gift) which she was handing out as part of Iglesia de Restauracion. Pray for her to get an apartment and God’s blessings on her children.
+Margarita (was with Yazmin, is Yazmin’s mother) – prayed for good health for the grandchildren and herself
+++ Raymond (regular) – pray for all the neighborhood/ He took 2 extra crosses to give away.
+Rahime (young man walking by who Raymond called to the table) – had been a student, now working, and trying to find himself; pray for God’s guidance and focus.
+Mark – bless him as a light of Christ and gave him a cross to replace the one he gave away.
+Akiam – prayers for housing (he has exhausted all his resources and is currently on the streets); also prayers for a job (recently released from new job when owners realized they had overhired).
++Erica and her baby Serenity – blessed the child as her name, blessed the mother, God’s great love for both of them.
+ Zeherija (mother of Erica) blessing as the grandmother, God’s smile on her, her daughter, and grandchild. Joy was all about.
+ Marian (sister of Zeherija) who has a brain aneurysm.
+Alvonzo (man, was driving by, backed up and parked to come to the prayer table). Strugglng in his relationship with God. he has been to the table in the past. God has answered many of his prayers including breaking free of drugs, becoming a Christian, having his own business, getting a car – but he has not found a Godly woman to love and love him as a wife. Prayers for patience, trust in God, and eyes to find God’s plan.