Celebrating 5000 Blog Entries (Part 2) – Some of the special prayer series we’ve done over the years

April 17, 2012

As part of our celebration of 5000 blog entries on this site, I thought it would be helpful to pull together at least a partial listing of some of our special prayer series.

Apart from the special menus and compilations of Advent, Lent and Easter devotional posts and resources, we’ve done a number of special prayer campaigns in recent years.  Below are just a few of the menus of prayers or links to special prayer collections we’ve compiled since 2006, or category listings where you can find all the prayers posted in conjunction with a specific event or topic.

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From our Archives: He Reigns!

August 3, 2008

It’s been a very very busy few days for me in my “real job” and ministry. That has meant I’ve had little time to follow Lambeth news or read the closing statements, or to blog here at Lent & Beyond. But as my day is winding down (nearing 9 p.m. here as I write this), I did finally take time to read this morning’s Daily Office. And the opening Psalm is Psalm 93. It stopped me in my tracks!!

Psalm 93 (ESV)
1 The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
2 Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
3 The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
mightier than the waves of the sea,
the Lord on high is mighty!
5 Your decrees are very trustworthy;
holiness befits your house,
O Lord, forevermore.

What I’m about to write will date me, but I can’t read this Psalm without hearing Matthew Ward of the legendary Contemporary Christian Music group, the Second Chapter of Acts, singing in my head. You can listen to this incredible rendition of Ps. 93 here: Psalm 93, The Lord Reigns

[Note to any other 2nd Chapter of Acts fans who may be missing Matthew Ward’s glorious vocals — you can buy this song at iTunes, it’s from the 1978 album Mansion Builder]

I thought I had once posted this Psalm and song at our old blog as part of our illustrated devotional series, so I spent some time searching the L&B archives earlier tonight. I didn’t find an illustrated devotional for Ps. 93. But what I did find was a very closely related post about Psalm 97, written in Feb. 2007 during the days of confusion and concern during the Tanzania Primates Meeting. How timely to re-read the following post from our archives tonight along with the Psalms from today’s lectionary and be reminded that no matter what has or has not happened at Lambeth, THE LORD REIGNS and we can place our trust and hope in Him! Let’s rejoice in that hope, friends, tonight.

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(from the Lent & Beyond Archives, Feb 15, 2007)

He Reigns!

For the last hour or so I’d been mulling over the idea of posting one of my occasional multi-media adoration posts before I call it a night. But what? How at the end of a busy and anxious news days to help us refocus our eyes on Christ and to be strengthened in our confidence in His sovereignty that we may pray in faith and with boldness?

My friend BabyBlue provided the answer to my question with her post of a great selection of worship music. One of the songs is a favorite of mine, and something my teammates and I sing often in our worship here on the west side of Africa… the Newsboys “He Reigns” — the song that made me a devoted Newsboys’ fan. The other favorite of mine she has posted is “In Christ Alone.”

(Click on the link to BabyBlue’s blog to get the links to listen to “He Reigns.” Here are the lyrics.)

Anyway, the song reminds me again of Feb. 13th lectionary — the Psalm for Morning Prayer, which I found to be incredibly powerful as we were about to launch into the Primates’ meeting:

Psalm 97 (ESV)

The Lord Reigns

97:1 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!
2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3 Fire goes before him
and burns up his adversaries all around.
4 His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.

6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.
7 All worshipers of images are put to shame,
who make their boast in worthless idols;
worship him, all you gods!

8 Zion hears and is glad,
and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O Lord.
9 For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.

10 O you who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the lives of his saints;
he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown [1] for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

For those of you who aren’t into contemporary worship music, you can listen to Max McLean reading Psalm 97 at the English Standard Version. website.

Or, how about this musical offering by Isaac Waats:
(Midi tune here)

God's glory shines The Lord Jehovah reigns; His throne is built on high.
The garments He assumes are light and majesty.
His glories shine
With beams so bright no mortal eye
Can bear the sight.

The thunders of His hand keep the wide world in awe;
His wrath and justice stand to guard His holy law.
And where His love
Resolves to bless His truth confirms
And seals the grace.

Through all His mighty works surprising wisdom shines—
Confounds the powers of hell, and breaks their cursed designs.
Strong is His arm,
And shall fulfill His great decrees,
His sovereign will.

And will this mighty King of glory condescend,
And will He write His Name: My Father and my Friend?
I love His Name;
I love His Word. Join, all my powers,
And praise the Lord!

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Don’t forget: no matter what happens in Tanzania, [or now in the wake of the Lambeth conference!] the Lord reigns! He is in control. May we keep our eyes fixed on His goodness and may we be quick to see and proclaim His glory and faithfulness in all things! HALLELUJAH!


Exalted

August 2, 2008

God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Acts 2:32-33

An image of Christ Pantocrator from St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt and a comparison with the shroud of Turin.

Oh, Precious Lord, You poured out Your blood for the Anglican Communion and now You pour out Your Holy Spirit. How exalted You are. Amen.


Matthew 28:16-20

August 2, 2008

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. (Matthew 28:16)
      Jesus, help us assemble at the times and places of your choosing.

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17)
      Holy Spirit, it took your work at Pentecost to resolve their doubts; please come with your power on those assembled at Lambeth and resolve their doubts.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18 )
      Father, bring to repentance those leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church who claim authority you gave only to Jesus.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19)
      Jesus, please help us go forward to do your bidding and make disciples of all nations.

“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
      Holy Spirit, please restore to the life of the Episcopal Church a faithful observance of all that Jesus has commanded us to do. Thank you for being present with us so that we can know Jesus.

A word received: Cry out to me for my people. Pray that they will be willing to lay down even their good motives for the sake of my will and my purposes.

Saturday: 23, 27; Judges 5:19-31; Acts 2:22-36; Matthew 28:11-20
Sunday: 34; Judges 6:1-24; 2 Cor. 9:6-15; Mark 3:20-30

Note: I have posted a report on the Welcome Home Initiative at http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2008/08/welcome-home-initiative.html

Albany Intercessor


Acts 2:1-4

August 1, 2008

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1)
      Holy Spirit, please restore the bishops and people of the Anglican Communion to being in one accord in Jesus and in harmony with your word in the Scriptures.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (Acts 2:2)
      Holy Spirit, please come with your full power on the bishops at Lambeth.

Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. (Acts 2:3)
      Holy Spirit, let your fire fall on each of us.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4)
      Jesus, baptize us afresh with your Holy Spirit and pour out again the gifts and manifestation of your Holy Spirit.

      Father, renew in our day the wonders of your Pentecost. Renew the church and your people; renew me. Thank you.

      Words Received for a Sunday School lesson in September
Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. (Luke 19:2)
      A word received: There is a choice you can make: looking at the outward man or seeking the inward man. Outwardly Zacchaeus was successful; inwardly he was hungry for me.

And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. (Luke 19:3)
      A word received: When you seek me, you will find me.

So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was going to pass that way. (Luke 19:4)
      A word received: I long for the adults and children to seek me as Zacchaeus did.

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” (Luke 19:5)
       A word received: I want to come into every home in Christ Church. Zacchaeus welcomed me when I asked. I want you to do the same.

So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. (Luke 19:6)
      A word received: I want you to receive me joyfully into your hearts and your homes.

But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” (Luke 19:7)
       A word received: Notice, they were complaining about me. Remember how I spoke of this generation wanting me to dance to its tune. (Matthew 11:16-19) That has not changed. Neither do I change: I will welcome anyone who comes to me with a heart hungry for me.

Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” (Luke 19:8 )
      A word received: Zacchaeus loved me more than money. That is what I want for you as well.

Friday: 73; Judges 5:1-18; Acts 2:1-21; Matthew 28:1-10
Saturday: 23, 27; Judges 5:19-31; Acts 2:22-36; Matthew 28:11-20

Note: I have posted all the words received that were posted from 2000 – 2008 2nd Quarter at http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/2008/08/words-received-2000-2008-2nd-quarter.html

Albany Intercessor


The empty sepulchre

August 1, 2008

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. Matthew 28:2

Dear Lord,
Commission an angel to roll back the stone on the portal of Your blessings at Canterbury. In the name of Your Son, we pray for an outpouring of Your Holy Spirit on the Lambeth Conference. Amen.


Freedom from slavery to sin — Wilberforce Commemoration Collect

July 31, 2008

In the context of Abp. Mouneer’s remarks to the Times Online, (see post below) I was struck that yesterday was the commemoration of William Wilberforce. Perhaps that fact influenced +Mouneer’s remarks re: the slavery to the flesh. In any case, here is the collect commemorating William Wilberforce. Really timely…!

O God our deliverer,
who didst send thy Son Jesus Christ
to set thy people free from the slavery of sin:
grant that, as thy servant William Wilberforce
toiled against the sin of slavery,
so we may bring compassion to all,
and work for the liberty of all the children of God;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

And here is the suggested Post-Communion prayer:

O God our redeemer,
who didst inspire William Wilberforceto witness to thy love
and to labour for the coming of thy kingdom:
grant that we, who in this sacrament share the bread of heaven,
may be fired by thy Spirit
to proclaim the gospel in our daily lives
and never to rest content until thy kingdom come,
on earth as it is in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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