Various Scriptures Prayed

April 5, 2014

And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son. Hear him!” (Mark 9:7)
      Father, help us by your Holy Spirit to hear your beloved Son, Jesus, when he speaks to us. Thank you.

Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:23-25)
      Holy Father, even now hear the cries of your afflicted children and acknowledge them.

He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (Psalm 107:20)
      Jesus, Word of God, come and heal us and deliver us from what destroys us.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:21)
      Thank you, LORD, for all that you have done for us.

Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing. (Psalm 107:22)
      Holy Spirit, help us daily give thanks for all that you have done for us.

A word received: I have blessed you; bless me.

And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. (Exodus 3:7)
      Father, hear the cry of all those among your people who are under harsh taskmasters and are oppressed in this land.

So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, (Exodus 3:8a)
      Jesus, come and deliver your people who are oppressed by harsh taskmasters, and bring them into a fruitful place. Thank you for guiding your people by your Holy Spirit to that good place.

Prayer request from Jesus: Then he said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2) Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8 )
      Lord, I pray that you will send more laborers out into the harvest fields. Here am I, send me.

A word received: Take my hand and I will lead you into the harvest fields.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Exod. 2:23-3:15: 1 Cor. 13:1-13: Mark 9:14-29
Sunday: 118 * 145; Exod. 3:16-4:12: Rom. 12:1-21: John 8:46-59
Fifth Sunday in Lent: 130; Ezekiel 37:1-3(4-10)11-14; Romans 6:16-23; John 11:(1-17)18-44

      Notes from the Front Lines

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9:10 – 10:40 a.m. Louise Popa, Steve Evans, Sharon Scheenstra (from Bellevue Reformed Church), and Torre Bissell on State St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
a–indicates was anointed with Holy Water
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible

Steve (man) — He has finally started his business and had his first customer yesterday!

+ a Yelsin (man) — We prayed for protection and blessing. Yelsin had little English.

+ a Naru (man, blind in one eye and only one arm) — We prayed for restoration of sight. He was taking cans to the redemption center up the street.

+ a 199 Tony (man) — His mother Alice (85) has breast cancer and is in remission. We prayed for her and for him.

+ Jacquelyn (woman) — She parked in front of us and got out for prayer. She was on her way to a meeting of ladies to pray about what goes on in the streets of Schenectady and how to reach out to the the youth of the community.

+ a 199 Boogie (man — not the same “Boogie” who has come before) — He asked prayer for protection. He has given his life to Jesus and is current with that.

“Hit and Run” prayer

+ Sid (Older man) — He has been divorced for 14 years but is still praying for restoration of his marriage. We prayed for “open heart surgery” for his former wife.

+ 199 Ken (regular) — He confessed his sin and asked for and accepted God’s forgiveness.

Lloyd (man) — He asked for prayers to for health and provision for himself, his children and grandchildren.

+ Kathleen (woman) — She asked prayer for +Karen her sister who has heart trouble and pneumonia.

Shadhu and husband (semi-regular) — We prayed for their family.

+ Mariano (man) — [No English]

+ Eddie (man) — Prayed for protection (he had a can of beer in his bag)

+ Sam (man) — He lost his car yesterday.

+ 199 Diana (woman) — She is homeless and living in the hotel shelter down the street.

Emmanuel — He confessed his sin and accepted God’s forgiveness and is going to try to follow Jesus as his Lord.

Jason and Lisa (they used to live across the street) — We prayed they would get an apartment and for their lives to come into order.

Albany Intercessor

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Jerusalem

April 5, 2014

Zechariah 2:1-5  (NKJV)
Then I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand. So I said, “Where are you going?”

And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.”

And there was the angel who talked with me, going out; and another angel was coming out to meet him, who said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it. For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’”

We thank You, Father, that You will be a wall of fire around Jerusalem and the glory in her midst.  Amen.


Bishop Eric Menees’ reflection on the Collect for the 5th Sunday in Lent

April 5, 2014

This is one of my favorite Collects.  Bishop Eric Menees of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin does a great job highlighting why this is such a truly helpful and important prayer.  Thanks again to Fr. Dale at Soundings for making these reflections available to a wider audience.

P.S.  I was not online much last weekend, and so I never posted Bp. Menees’ reflection on the Collect for the 4th Sunday in Lent.  You can find that here.

On this, the last Sunday in Lent, the collect is a beautiful prayer that asks God to work in us to transform our character.

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First, this collect acknowledges that we really have no power within ourselves, but that God, who is “Almighty,” has the ability to “order” our “unruly wills and affections.” Isn’t it amazing that when we try by the power of our own might to change habits and character flaws, we fall short? Well, let me speak for myself: I find it impossible to change my habits and character flaws! However, I am not the same man today as I was three, or ten, or twenty years ago, because of the power of the Holy Spirit working within me. While not completely ordered, to be sure, God is transforming my will and affections, and I thank him for that!

Secondly, this collect asks God to change us to love what he commands and desire what he promises. When we can align our hearts and minds to that of God, we find ourselves truly blessed. King David speaks of this often in the psalms…

“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.”
(Psalm 1:1-2)        

I often experience the blessing that David speaks of because I truly desire to do God’s will. The issue for me isn’t in loving his commands or desiring his promises. Rather, it is in acting on that love and desire. The words of St. Paul in his epistle to the Church in Rome ring so true for me and, I suspect, for most of you as well: “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:15) This collect asks God, in his mercy, not only to help us love and desire these things but to do them!

Lastly, this collect recognizes that we need God to work this way in our lives if we are going to be able to adapt and excel in a dynamic world that is constantly changing. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, watching the world change at a pace that is much faster than our own. But, by God’s grace, we are able to “roll with the punches.” I think the key is to keep our eyes on God – the one who is unchangeable, all powerful, all knowing, and all loving! And to that I say Amen!


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