Mar, Galatians, Isaiah, and Psalms

February 6, 2015

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, please help us by your Holy Spirit to hear your beloved son Jesus.

I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
      Jesus, please help me walk in in your Spirit.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
      Jesus, guide us through this dry and weary land — we see the works of the flesh all around us — in the church and in the nation.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
      Holy Spirit, there is no law against your fruit — help us leverage the power of your fruit in our work places, in our communities, and in our churches.

Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for my salvation is about to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; who keeps from defiling the sabbath, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.” (Isaiah 56:1-2)
      Father, please help us enter into this blessing.

Even them I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” (Isaiah 56:7)
      Holy Spirit, we pray that every parish in this diocese will be a joy-filled house of prayer.

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, which has horns and hooves. (Psalm 69:30-31)
      LORD, help us praise you and honor your name day by day. Thank you.

WORD: Let me refine the desires of your heart.
WORD: Find your rest in me. Let me be your hiding place where you may find rest in my arms.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38 * 73; Isa. 56:1-8; Gal. 5:16-24; Mark 9:2-13
Saturday: 75, 76 * 23, 27; Isa. 57:3-13; Gal. 5:25-6:10; Mark 9:14-29

Albany Intercessor

Dothan, Israel

February 6, 2015

The name Dothan means “two wells”. Dothan is a pasture land for livestock. There are two cisterns and a stream. One of the cisterns is named the pit of Joseph.
There are two Bible stories that take place in Dothan. Joseph is thrown into the pit and sold to slave traders by his brothers. In the other, the king of Syria encamps around Dothan to seize Elisha.

2 Kings 6:17 (ESV)
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Dear Father,
Scripture does not record the prayers of Joseph when he was betrayed by his brothers. Did he pray that their eyes would be opened? Did Elisha come in agreement with Joseph’s prayers while he resided at Dothan? I see through a glass darkly.
Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-paneah, Savior of the age (Genesis 41:45), and that indeed was what happened. I too am a mere Gentile, but if Joseph prayed for his brothers’ eyes to be opened, I stand in agreement with that prayer. Let the eyes of the children of Israel be opened to behold Yeshua! I stand in agreement with the prayer of Elisha.

“O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.”

Open the eyes of Israel, dear Lord! Open their eyes. Amen.

A previous prayer for the conversion of the Jews may be found here.

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