November 13, 2012
Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:10 ESV)
Father, send your Holy Spirit to bear witness to Jesus, even through our spiritually blinded clergy and through our denominational rivalries and strife.
As the High Priest Caiphas prophesied Messiah’s atoning death for our sins, so fill the words of misguided church leaders with testimony to Jesus the way, the truth and the life.
As the Apostle Paul’s ego-driven rivals still spread the Good News of Christ, so let your Word reach those you are saving, even through our broken denominational factions.
We ask this in the only name given for salvation, the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
October 26, 2012
Blessed be the LORD! for he has shown me the wonders of his love in a besieged city. (Psalm 31:21)
Father, we bless your name in all circumstances. Show the wonders of your love to your people in the Episcopal House of Bishops and in the Diocese of South Carolina, who are besieged spiritually, emotionally and politically. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
August 14, 2011
The readings in today’s Eucharist took place around Israel’s modern day boundaries. The dew of Mt Hermon is at the Syrian border. The Syro-Phoenician woman begged for her daughter near the Lebanese border. Joseph exhorted his family to cross the border into Egypt to preserve their lives.
Did not Isaac and Ishmael stand together at the cave of Machpelah to bury Abraham? How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!
May the nations of Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Gaza dwell together in peace.
We cry out for the children of these nations. We are only Gentiles, and sinful ones at that. But You are a God whose tender mercies flow like the dew of Mt Hermon. Have mercy, Lord, and preserve life at these borders in the upcoming season of geopolitical turmoil. Amen.
September 4, 2010
John 10:7 (New Living Translation)
So he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
Yes, Jesus, YOU ARE. YOU ARE the gate of miracles, the gate of healing, the gate of release, the gate of supply, the gate of triumph, the gate of revelation. We raise our voices in praise and say, “Unlock the gates!”
September 4, 2010
Psalm 30:2,3,4 NIV
O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.
Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name.
Thank You for weakening tropical storm Earl. Amen.
August 23, 2010
Psalm 4:2-3 (New International Version)
How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him.
We thank You that You have set apart the godly for Yourself. We lift up the All Africa Bishops Conference meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, this week and claim the promise of Holy Scripture that You will hear them when they call to You. Amen.
Previous prayers: here, here, and here.
August 22, 2010
Revelation 4:6b-8 (New International Version)
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
All the earth is Yours. Your glory fills all that is in heaven, on earth, seen and unseen. Your glory fills the four living creatures. As the Anglican bishops meet at the All Africa Bishops’ Conference in Entebbe, let Your glory descend.
May they present themselves to You in purity. May their dominion be grounded in Your throne. Crown them with glory and honor. Bear them up as on eagles’ wings and bring their flocks to Yourself. Amen.
Exodus 19:3-5, 1 Kings 10:19-20, 1 Kings 7:23-26, Psalm 8:4-6