South Sudan

December 31, 2013

Power struggle within South Sudan has left many dead and displaced.

Dear Lord,
Sudan is replete with rebels bent on harming and killing Your people, taking land that is not theirs, and disrupting the government of Southern Sudan.
If any marauders start out with evil intent, we beseech You to send swarms of hornets to drive them away from Your children, just like You sent hornets against the Hittites, Canaanites, and Hivites.
If any armed gunmen on horseback set out to harm the innocent, we humbly ask that You commission an angel to stop their horses, just like You stopped Balaam’s ass.
If militia use weapons upon Your children, stop their weapons the way You closed the mouths of the lions for Daniel.
If an army seeks to destroy Your people, we plead with You to obstruct their view, like the pillar of cloud that gave darkness to Pharoah’s army at the Red Sea.
If any of Your children are being hunted down, we ask that strangers will hide them, like Rahab hiding Joshua’s two spies under stalks of flax, or give them means of escape, like Paul escaping King Aretas of Damascus through a window in a basket. If any babies are in peril, we ask that they be spared, like Moses in the bulrushes.
If Your children are oppressed by thirst, open their eyes to see a well, like Hagar in the wilderness. If their strength wanes, grant them provision from unexpected sources, like Jonathan’s honeycombs in the fields.
Jehovah Sabaoth, You are God-of-the-Angel-Armies, and we proclaim Your Holy Name over South Sudan. Amen.
Genesis 21:19, Exodus 2:3, 14:19-20, 23:28, Numbers 22, Joshua 2:6; 10, Judges 14:8-9, 1 Samuel 14:25-27, 2 Corinthians 11:32-33

Isaiah 65:24, Psalm 139:1-6, and John 5:5-9

December 31, 2013

“It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)
      Jesus, thank you for hearing me.

O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. (Psalm 139:1-6)
      Thank you, Father, that I am in your hands. You know me through and through; you know all my sins of thought, word, and deed, and yet you love me enough to send your son Jesus to die for me, and you fill and refill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you.

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:5-6)
      Jesus, I too want to be made well. I want to see your healing power manifested all around me.

The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. (John 5:7-9)
      Lord, speak your word and I shall be made well. Speak you word and those around me shall be made well. Speak your word and this diocese will be a well-watered garden of delight and healing. Thank you.

Dec. 31      46, 48 * –; 1 Kings 3:5-14: James 4:13-17;5:7-11: John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: –: * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25: Rev. 21:1-6
Holy Name: 103 * 148; Isa. 62:1-5,10-12: Rev. 19:11-16: Matt. 1:18-25
Holy Name January 1: 8; Exodus 34:1-8; Romans 1:1-7 or Philippians 2:9-13; Luke 2:15-21

      Notes from the Front Line

***** ST. ANN’S OF AMSTERDAM (Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013; 11-12 noon in our Parish Hall during monthly Community Meal. Anne DeGroff and Deacon Alan Hart presiding at His table.)

SUE — Received prayers for her father and sister, who both are seriously ill.

DAVID — Asked for prayers for the safety of children from predators.

(Monday, Dec. 30, 2013; 9:45 — 10:30 a.m. in front of our church on Division Street. Very raw, windy and brutally cold day after a mixed precipitation storm last night froze solid and turned the streets, sidewalks and parking lots of Amsterdam into a three-inch cake of dangerous ice. The meal usually served at the Masonic Temple across the street was not open today (probably because of the awful weather) so many people who came turned to us for the free non-perishable food we offer at the table now. Some also took winter clothes, which we also offer those who come for prayer. Did not anoint anyone with Holy Oil or give out any wooden crosses today.

OLDER MAN (No name given) — Received prayer for safety and took some gloves and a hat and socks.

ANGEL (young man) — Gratefully took food and clothing for his young family. He filled a generous bag with things like pasta, sauce, mac and cheese and soup and said “Thank you so much. Now we can eat today … after all!” We prayed for the safety and preservation of his family.

DAVE — Asked for prayer for the coming year to be better financially for him than this one was. Took food and clothing items for friends in need.

NANCY — This woman comes every Monday and takes all the food items she can carry in her cloth grocery bag. (We don’t mind how much people take.) She told me a few weeks ago that St. Ann’s ” … gets (her) through the week with your food” and she is very grateful. We prayed for her to be safe and to not be afraid.

DONNA — During the hot summer months, this young woman would always run down the street and wave and say “God bless you!” as she ran past. One day, she finally stopped and said hello and asked why we were out on the sidewalk. When we told her it was to offer prayers for needs for yourself or someone else or for a thanksgiving, she got prayer and has come ever since. Today she, too, was in need of food for her family to get through a tough time. We are so glad we are able to help people in need, and there is, unfortunately, much need in downtown Amsterdam.

Albany Intercessor

Church of England House of Bishops

December 31, 2013

John 10:14-15 (NIVUK)
‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.

O Good Shepherd, thank You for laying down Your life for the Church of England.

Hebrews 13:20 (NIVUK)
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,

O Great Shepherd, thank You for conquering death for the Church of England.

1 Peter 5:4 (NIVUK)
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

O Chief Shepherd, we pray that the House of Bishops in the Church of England will humble themselves under God’s mighty hand that they may be lifted up in due time. Guard them from dishonesty. May they cast their anxiety upon You and remain in the hope that You Yourself will restore the church and make her strong, firm, and steadfast. Help them stay alert and sober, resisting Satan and standing firm in faith. Amen.

Syrian chemical weapons

December 31, 2013

The US-Russia deal for Syria to surrender more than 1,000 tons of chemical agents averted US-led military strikes after a chemical weapons attack on August 21 near Damascus that the United States says killed 1,400 people. The December 31 deadline to have the most dangerous chemicals loaded on a ship will not be met. However, Assad’s government appears to be making an effort to cooperate.

Our Father in heaven,
We pray that the chemical weapons will safely leave the nation of Syria. Dissipate any plans to capture the chemicals as war booty! Scatter the activists involved.
We pray for the safety of all persons involved in the transportation and destruction of these chemicals.
We bind any spirits of lawlessness, violence, chemical warfare, propaganda, lies, hatred, theft, and anti-Semitism that are seeking to hijack this international plan. We bind all interaction, interplay, and communication of demonic spirits surrounding the transport personnel, the organizers, and the specialists who will destroy the weapons.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Various Scriptures

December 30, 2013

So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where he had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him and implored him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” The nobleman said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!” Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. (John 4:46-50)
      Jesus, please help me take you at your word as this man did. When you speak to me, please help me by your Holy Spirit to act on your word.

And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” (John 4:51)
      Father, help us to be bearers of such good news.

Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household. This again is the second sign Jesus did when he had come out of Judea into Galilee. (John 4:52-84)
      Holy Spirit, let the word of what Jesus has done for us move through our whole family and bring them to belief in Jesus as it did with this man. Thank you.

Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is the truth.” (1 Kings 17:24)
      Father, please help us hear and receive your word of truth when they are spoken by your servants.

The LORD IS my shepherd; I shall not want. He MAKES me to lie down in green pastures; he LEADS me beside the still waters. He RESTORES my soul; he LEADS me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:1-3)
      LORD, thank you for all that you do for me.

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)
      Thank you for letting us see your goodness.

Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalm 27:14)
      Holy Spirit, give us a heart to wait on the Lord and be of good courage. Thank you.

A word received: Come to me with your burdens. Let me carry them.

Dec. 30      20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 23, 27; 1 Kings 17:17-24: 3 John 1-15: John 4:46-54
Dec. 31      46, 48 * –; 1 Kings 3:5-14: James 4:13-17;5:7-11: John 5:1-15
Eve of Holy Name: –: * 90; Isa. 65:15b-25: Rev. 21:1-6

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Christ Church Schenectady Neighborhood Meal Prayer Table – December 29, 2013, Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo
+ Remee – Asked for God’s provision. She was not able to buy gifts for her children and has a heavy heart. We prayed that she lay her burden at the foot of the cross and that she know the love of Christ and share that most precious gift with her children.

Judy – Asked for protection from a violent person who is abusing her. Also asked for continued protection of her son, Michael, who is in prison, and that he come to know Christ.

++Adriana – Pray for her family members who are in prison.

Steven – Very distraught and talkative; could not be comforted. He needs prayer that God will break through his anxiety.

Jerry – Prayed for provision to get his medications. He is in a spiritual battle. He believes the devil has heard him more than the Lord, and we rebuked that kind of talk in the Name of Jesus, praying the Lord rule and reign in his life. We prayed for the love of Christ to touch his heart. Gave him a booklet about the Messiah which he said he did want to read.

+Danielle – Her son Jaiden (16 months) was taken from her and placed with her aunt. Her aunt refuses to return him to her, but allows her to see him. She doesn’t have the money to travel to where he is. We prayed the Lord would work in reconciling any differences between her and her aunt and that in God’s time Jaiden would be returned to her; for her to have God’s strength and peace during this time.

+Janell – Had 2 of her 6 children with her. Her other children have been placed in foster homes. She is distraught that her parents won’t have anything to do with her and her children, Heather (4) and Dillon (3). Prayed for reconciliation between her and her parents; for God to heal her pain of rejection and fill her with His love.

Albany Intercessor

Church of England

December 30, 2013

Malachi 2:5-7 (AMP)
My covenant [on My part with Levi] was to give him life and peace, because [on his part] of the [reverent and worshipful] fear with which [the priests] would revere Me and stand in awe of My name.
The law of truth was in [Levi’s] mouth, and unrighteousness was not found in his lips; he walked with Me in peace and uprightness and turned many away from iniquity.
For the priest’s lips should guard and keep pure the knowledge [of My law], and the people should seek (inquire for and require) instruction at his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.

Oh, Father,
Would that this described all of the clergy of the Church of England! Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy and stir within their ranks a spirit of the fear of the Lord. Amen.

John 1:6-9, Genesis 1:28 and Galatians 5:22-26

December 29, 2013

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. (John 1:6-9)
      Holy Spirit, help us in our day to bear true witness to the light of Jesus. Help us to be living gospels that shine forth with Jesus’ light. Thank you.

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28 )
      Father, your first words to man were that we should “Be fruitful”. You also told us that children are desirable and that there was work for us to do. Help us to live fruitful, productive lives for you.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:22-26)
      Jesus, please help us walk humbly in the Spirit and bear the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Thank you.

A word received: Rejoice in me.

First Sunday after Christmas: 147 or 147:13-21; Isaiah 61:10—62:3; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18
First Sunday after Christmas: 93, 96 * 34; 1 Samuel 1:1-2,7b-28: Col. 1:9-20: Luke 2:22-40
Dec. 30      20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 23, 27; 1 Kings 17:17-24: 3 John 1-15: John 4:46-54

Albany Intercessor

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