For the conversion of Joppa, Israel

March 31, 2015

Joppa is an ancient port. It was there that Peter opened the door to resurrection life for Tabitha. In Summit Park, the highest point of Joppa, are the excavated remains of a brick wall from an Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II. Ramses II is the “Pharaoh of the Exodus.” I don’t know if there any iniquitous thrones remaining from that period of history, but I am using the ten plagues of Moses as one model for praying for this city.

Shu-god of air and wind, Nephri-goddess who guarded the grain, Geb-god of earth, Heset-god of plenty, Renenutet-god of nourishment and harvest

Psalm 37:4 (ESV)
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Our Father in heaven,
How many idols we construct for protection!
Father, we declare that You are the refuge and fortress of Joppa, Israel (Psalm 91:2).
How many idols we construct to meet our desires!
Father, we proclaim that Your Son Jesus is the Desire of All Nations (Haggai 2:7).
How many idols we construct out of fear!
Father, we shout out that You are merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6). Help Joppa to love You with all their hearts and with all their understanding and with all their strength, and to love their neighbors as themselves (Mark 12:33), for perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
You revealed the inadequacies of the Egyptian deities’ protection from the locusts. You are the protection of Joppa against devouring. O, that Joppa would delight in You.  Amen.

References: Exodus 10:1-20, Time to Defeat the Devil by Chuck D. Pierce, p. 77-78

For the conversion of Joppa, Israel

March 30, 2015

Joppa is an ancient port. It was there that Peter opened the door to resurrection life for Tabitha. In Summit Park, the highest point of Joppa, are the excavated remains of a brick wall from an Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II. Ramses II is the “Pharaoh of the Exodus.” I don’t know if there any iniquitous thrones remaining from that period of history, but I am using the ten plagues of Moses as one model for praying for this city.

Nut was the Egyptian sky goddess; Isis the nature goddess; and Set the storm god.

Job 38:22-23 (ESV)
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war?

Our Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the manifestation of Your glory in creation. We thank You for protecting us from disaster. We thank You for the abundance of Your provision.
We thank You for the defeat of the false belief that safety comes by serving the forces of nature or seeking guidance from the stars. By Your hailstones You displayed Your pre-eminence over Nut, Isis, and Set.
We acknowledge there remains nature worship today, through the reading of horoscopes, Freemasonry, voodoo, etc. We humbly ask You to pour contempt on any demonic princes of nature worship in Joppa, Israel, and make them wander in trackless wastes. Amen.
Psalm 107:40

Reference: Exodus 9:13-35, Time to Defeat the Devil by Chuck D. Pierce, p. 77

For the conversion of Joppa, Israel

March 29, 2015

Joppa is an ancient port.  It was there that Peter opened the door to resurrection life for Tabitha. In Summit Park, the highest point of Joppa, are the excavated remains of a brick wall from an Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II. Ramses II is the “Pharaoh of the Exodus.”  I don’t know if there any iniquitous thrones remaining from that period of history, but I am using the ten plagues of Moses as one model for praying for this city. 

Many Egyptian deities were associated with healing. In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet was originally the warrior goddess as well as goddess of healing. Sekhmet also is a Solar deity, sometimes called the daughter of the sun god Ra.
Serapis was the god of healing, and Imhotep was the god of medicine and the guardian of the healing sciences. Isis was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic.

Isaiah 61:1-3 (ESV)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

Our Father in heaven,
Moses threw soot into the air and the ashes became boils breaking out in sores on man and beast. So many times we have sinned in the by seeking remedies from idols, by not seeking our healing from You, and by not giving You glory when we are healed.
Isaiah gave instructions for a poultice of figs to heal King Hezekiah. We thank You for the natural remedies.
Jesus healed by His word and his touch. We thank You for supernatural healing.
We proclaim good news to the poor of Joppa, Israel . We declare that broken hearts shall be bound and that captives and prisoners shall be freed. This is the year of our Lord’s favor! He shall take vengeance against the false mindsets and demonic strongholds that have wreaked havoc in Joppa. The land of Israel shall be healed, and their people healed, by the Blood of the Lamb. Amen.

Reference: Exodus 9:8-12

John 11, Jeremiah 29, and Psalm 22

March 27, 2015

So, when he heard that he was sick, he stayed two more days in the place where he was. (John 11:6)
      Jesus, please help me accept your timing.

Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. (John 11:21)
      Jesus, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to be with us and comfort us in all our griefs.

But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” (John 11:22)
      Jesus, we ask you to heal us and our families and friends.

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:23-26)
      Holy Spirit, please help me live and die in the hope of the resurrection.

She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (John 11:27)
      Jesus, thank you for coming into my life.

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace. (Jeremiah 29:7)
      Help us pray for and seek the peace of our cities, Lord.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
      Father, thank you for the future and the hope you give us.

Then you will call upon me and go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
      Father, help me search for you with all my heart.

I will be found by you, says the LORD, -and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:14)
      LORD, bring the Episcopal Church out of its “Babylonian Captivity”. Thank you.

For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has he hidden his face from him; but when he cried to him, he heard. (Psalm 22:24)
      Thank you, Jesus, for hearing us in our times of affliction.

What we heard
WORD: I have held you up by my hand. Trust me to lead you the whole distance.

Daily Lectionary
Friday: 95* & 22; *; 141, 143:1-11(12); Jer. 29:1,4-13; Rom. 11:13-24; John 11:1-27, or 12:1-10
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; *; 42, 43; Jer. 31:27-34; Rom. 11:25-36; John 11:28-44, or 12:37-50

      From the Front Lines

***** City Mission Prayer Table, March 26, 2015 – Torre Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo
+ – Cross

Ted and Camilla – Strength for Ted to continue to live independently and for God’s peace. Camilla got dizzy while driving home after an injection and totaled her car.

Charlie – He has palsy in his hand; pray for better health and healing.

Tiesha – She is going to a new doctor for her stomach condition; pray this doctor can treat her correctly and for healing. Pray for the fire victims.

+++ Carlos – Pray for God’s blessing with his ministry of World Discipleship Christ Recovery Network Nourishing Your Eternal Soul (WDCRN NYES).

Gary – Lift up the persecuted church.

+ Matt – Praying for a job. The last time he asked for prayer for help to receive benefits (from Social Security or Social Services?) and he got them – PTL!

Dan – God’s leading for his daughters.

Bill – Praying to find a place to live.

LeRoy – God’s protection for him.

Frankie – For God’s protection and provision.

Tobias – Pray for him to follow God’s leading in his life.

Albany Intercessor

Various Scriptures prayed

March 26, 2015

LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. (Psalm 131:1)
      A day for little things, no doubt, but who wold dare despise it. (Zechariah 4:10a) Father, help me keep my attention on the tasks you have given me, not matter what their size or importance to others.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. (Psalm 131:2)
      Holy Spirit, help me find my peace in Jesus.

O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever. (Psalm 131:3)
      Jesus, you are my hope.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
      Holy Spirit, bring us to unity of purpose in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. (John 10:1-4)
      Jesus, I hear your voice calling me. Please help me follow where you lead. Thank you for being my shepherd.

Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” (John 10:5)
      Holy Spirit, please give me discernment about any false shepherds so that I don’t follow them.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)
      Jesus, thank you for give your life for me.

      Thank you for the faithful Egyptian Coptic Christian martyrs who gave their lives confessing your name, Jesus.

But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. (John 10:12)
      Father, there are so many hirelings in the church today — have mercy on us and cleanse the church by the fire of your Holy Spirit.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:14-15)
      LORD, send forth many throughout this diocese to preach the gospel of peace.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
      Holy Spirit, please help me hear so that my faith is built up.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments. (Psalm 119:176)
      Shepherd of Israel, seek me out and save me. Thank you.

What we heard
WORD: Pray for the fresh wind of my Holy Spirit.
WORD: I love you. I hold you in my hand to comfort you.
Psalm 31:24 WORD: I AM your hope and your strength.

Daily Lectionary
Thursday: 131, 132, [133]; *; 140, 142; Jer. 26:1-16; Rom. 11:1-12; John 10:19-42
Friday: 95* & 22; *; 141, 143:1-11(12); Jer. 29:1,4-13; Rom. 11:13-24; John 11:1-27, or 12:1-10
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144; *; 42, 43; Jer. 31:27-34; Rom. 11:25-36; John 11:28-44, or 12:37-50

      From the Front Lines

***** Bishop’s Message – Holy Week and Easter, March 25th, 2015, Feast of the Annunciation
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      The recent martyrdom of Christians in many parts of the world reminds us that the call to follow Jesus is a costly call. It requires our commitment, our will, our time, our treasure and our convictions. The collect for Morning Prayer on Fridays reminds us that the way of the cross is our way of life. Jesus walked the way of the cross so that we might be saved, willingly and obediently suffering death on the cross so that we could inherit eternal life.
      As we continue on toward the height of the Christian year, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, I encourage you to walk the way of the cross with Jesus as His disciples. I encourage you to give up every other activity that may distract you and join in the services of Holy Week and Easter this coming week, so that you can know the saving love of Jesus Christ more fully and more deeply. I encourage you also to invite a friend, family member, or neighbor who does not know Jesus to come with you and experience His saving love and then share with them the hope that we have because of the Cross and the Resurrection. I pray that this Holy Week and Easter will bring each of us closer to the One who is the Savior of the world – Jesus Christ.
      As you continue in your walk with Jesus, I ask your prayers for the persecuted Church throughout the world. I also ask your prayers for all the people of this diocese, clergy and laity, that we may all be courageous and faithful in sharing our faith, strengthening one another as we walk the way of the Cross, filled with the joy that comes from knowing Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior.
      Almighty, everlasting God…stir up in us the flame of that love which burned in the heart of your Son as He bore His passion, and let it burn in us to eternal life and to the ages of ages. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, p. 113)
      May you have a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Eastertide.
      Your brother in Christ, +Bill

***** St. John’s Episcopal Church Prayer Table Report
+ = cross given

++Marilyn: for her friend suffering from lung cancer
Peter: for his friend Joe’s recuperation in the hospital
Tracy: for his continued healing and strength


BIANCA — Anointed her with Holy Oil. Bianca says she has occasional demons about her that scare her. She says that when she comes to the table and gets prayers of protection, the demons go away.

DARCY — Asked for prayer to be safe and protected.

MARIA — Sought prayer for her husband BRUCE, who has heart problems.

YOUNG FAMILY (No names) — Husband and wife and four cute children. Gave them a general prayer for provision and safety. They are very special to us. They speak very little English but they understand we want to help them and love them. We help them with food and clothing. Every Monday, Cheri comes out to give them a treat of “Goldfish” for each of the kids.

LUCY — Friend of this young family, walks with them. General prayer for protection and well-being.

DAVID — U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Occasionally asks for prayer, but not this time. He wants to come by and support what we are doing so sometimes he just stops to say hello. This man has directed many, many people to us for prayer. He is kind of a private person, so he never asks for prayer if other people are around to listen.

JOE and two other men (no names) — They came over as a group and when we asked if they wanted prayer for anything, JOE said “Yes, we ALL do!” Prayed for them all together to be safe and healthy.

ALBERT — Very serious, pious young man who comes by now and then. He asked for prayer for healing for cancer victims all over the world. Sought clothing for some members of his family who are soon to mover here from Puerto Rico.

(Important note: Please continue to bring in your non-perishable food items such as soup, mac and cheese, pasta, sauce and tuna. We also are grateful for whatever clean, used clothing items you can give us to give to the needy in our neighborhood. We could use children’s outgrown clothing as well. Your donations are greatly appreciated by your neighbors who receive them! Remember Jesus’ words, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me!”))

Albany Intercessor

For the conversion of Joppa, Israel

March 24, 2015

Hathor is an ancient Egyptian goddess who personified the principles of joy, feminine love, and motherhood. Hathor is commonly depicted as a cow goddess with horns in which is set a sun disk with a sacred serpent. In Egyptian mythology, Apis or Hapis is a bull-deity, a god of strength and fertility.

John 1:1-5 (ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Our Father in heaven,

We thank You for the Word of God, Christ Jesus, in whom is life and through whom all things were made. We proclaim the name of Christ Jesus over Joppa, Israel.

In Your plague upon the livestock of the Egyptians, You were passing judgment against the fertility gods Hathor and Apis. Triune God, You are the Tree of Life, Breath of Life, Lifeblood, Prime of Life, Light of Life, Path of Life, Wellspring of Life, Way of Life, Fountain of Life, Enjoyment of Life, Covenant of Life, Bread of Life, Author of Life, Spirit of Life, Fragrance of Life, Promise of Life, Gift of Life, Word of Life, Crown of Life, Water of Life, River of Life.

May all of Your holy names be celebrated in this ancient port. Amen.

Reference: Exodus 9:1-7

Israeli leaders

March 24, 2015

Exodus 18:21 (ESV)

Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

Our Father in heaven,

We humbly implore You to grant supernatural wisdom to Prime Minister Netanyahu as he forms the new government of Israel.  Bring to light any hidden darkness in any of the parties up for inclusion in the government and grant him the discernment and fortitude to eschew such choices.  Amen.

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