From Psalm 68 and Hebrews 12

February 7, 2014

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in his holy habitation. (Psalm 68:5)
      Father, so many of the young men and women who come to the prayer table have never known their birth fathers. Please give them that Spirit of adoption (Romans 8:15) whereby they will be able to cry out to you “Dad, Father!”

God sets the solitary in families; he brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. (Psalm 68:6)
      Father, restore family life in this nation. Provide for those who choose marriage and the responsibilities that go with marriage. Thank you.

You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, whereby you confirmed your inheritance, when it was weary. (Psalm 68:9)
      Jesus, flood us with your Holy Spirit and revive your people who are weary. Thank you.

Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? (Hebrews 12:9)
      Father, we pray for the men of this land to be true fathers who will discipline and raise their children with Jesus’ love and care.

A word received: Show forth my love to all you meet.

A word received: Come to me.

Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Gen. 24:1-27: Heb. 12:3-11: John 7:1-13
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Gen. 24:28-38,49-51: Heb. 12:12-29: John 7:14-36

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, February 6, 2013, 4:50 – 6:20 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
NT– indicates received a New Testament

Dan (staff) — We prayed for his girls to walk with the Lord.

+ NT Michael (man, 39) — Michael has given his life to Jesus and is staying at the Schenectady City Mission. He is growing in Jesus day by day. We prayed for the power of the Holy Spirit to come on him and protect him.

Vicky (volunteer) — We prayed that God would raise up a witness to her son Calvin so that he could know Jesus.

Gary (staff) — We prayed for an anointing on the message he would be giving at the evening meal at the Schenectady City Mission.

Ted (volunteer) — We prayed again for his granddaughter Camille who is on her 3rd week of intravenous antibiotics to combat the Lyme’s disease. We also prayed for Ted who has peripheral neuropathy.

Julie (woman) — We prayed for her boyfriend Eloi. Julie was baptized this past Christmas.

++++ Ricos (young man, regular) — We prayed that he would be set free from fear. He took the crosses to give them out to others.

Ilex (man who gave his life to Jesus last week) — He said the week has gone great. I urged him to keep following Jesus.

+ Sam (man) — We prayed for protection and provision for him.

Stephen (Jewish man) — He have us a LONG harangue that Jesus could not be God. For the first time in all of our times with him he was willing to listen to what we had to say about Jesus, though he was quite firm that he didn’t believe what we had to say.

+(man) — While Stephen was talking a man came up and asked for a cross for a friend.

++(another man) — While Stephen was talking a man came up and asked for a cross for himself and his wife.

Albany Intercessor


Altar of incense

February 7, 2014

From Wikipedia:

On this altar incense was burned daily at the time of the morning and the evening sacrifices. The coals used on this altar had to be taken from the Altar of Burnt Offerings. The incense used had to be made according to a specific formula (Exodus 30:34-35), and no other incense was permitted (Exodus 30:9). According to Jewish tradition, the incense was made by the Avtinas family, who closely guarded its secret.

The Talmud relates that the priestly family of Avtinas knew a secret ingredient — Maaleh Ashan — that had the ability to make the smoke from the incense rise straight up in a column.

Psalm 141:2 (ESV)
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Revelation 5:8 (ESV)
And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Revelation 8:3-4 (ESV)
And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.

We thank You, Father, for the golden altar of incense in the tabernacle, for the golden bowls full of incense in the throne room of heaven and the golden censer at Your altar. We thank You, Father, for the gift of prayer. Amen.


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