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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

 

2018 12 11

And Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh. Exodus 7:7 (NKJV)
     I thank you Jesus that there is no age limit in serving you.

So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Luke 21:31 (NKJV)
     Father, please help us recognize when your kingdom comes near us.

See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us pursue what is good in your sight.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20 (NKJV)
     LORD, please help us, for we live in such a time when men call evil good and good evil.

Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. Psalm 146:3 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help me put my trust in you rather than in the government. Lord we have come to expect the government to do what we should be doing to help people. Have mercy on us.

A Word Received: Look to me for help and guidance.

Albany Intercessor

CITY MISSION PRAYER TABLE, Torre Bissell, Chuck Rinaldo, Sarah Bissell Beuerle, December 6, 2018
+ received cross
1.     Jordan – Having a good day, but could be better. We pray for God's strength and healing to flow in Jordan so he can continue the good work God has equipped him to do at the Mission.
2.     Dan – He gave a PTL that even though his water heater quit working he had the resources to get it replaced quickly; also his prayer to replace his worn-out none functioning truck with a good working truck has been answered. Dan commented that his nephew is doing better but still needs God's healing to bring him to full recovery.
3.     Ken – He gave a PTL that he has an apartment which he will move into this Saturday. He asks for God's blessing on the apartment that it will be a haven of God's peace to those who visit, that they will feel safe. He also asked for prayer that he remain steadfast and continue to follow God's path. Lord we pray that you guard his mind and his heart to continue to walk in your ways.
4.     Paul – He asked us what we would like prayer for and Torre shared that as his family travels to be here to celebrate his birthday, that there will be no problems and once here they will reunite with a growing bond of family to draw them closer and draw them closer to the love of God.
5.     Reverend Tyrone – We pray for the Holy Spirit to bless him with the “Joy of the Living Water” to flow out of him so he can bless those he ministers to at the Mission and at his Church.
6.     Justin – He asked for prayer to get a better job, one that he hopes to get at Union College. We pray he stay steadfast in his present position and learn skills that will help in his future. Additionally, he asked for prayer for his relationship with Elizabeth, his hopeful girlfriend, that she will know the Lord and that truthfulness will prevail in their relationship.
7.     Frank – He asks for prayer for himself and his future wife Lois as they prepare to get married in August next year. He also asked for prayer that the Lord give him strength to get through the next semester so he can graduate from college in late April 2019.
8.     Robert – We pray the Lord help him to make better choices, to heal his anger issues and that the medications he is taking will work to stabilize his bi-polar condition. Lord we pray that you reach the depth of what is causing his anger and heal him in the name of Jesus.
9.     Bruce – We pray that the program he directs at Scotia-Glenville will thrive, and that he continues to mentor the kids that volunteer.
10.     + Daniel – A volunteer who walked by and asked for a cross. We pray that the cross bless him.
11.     + Matt – He asked for prayer for his friend Chuck who is being treated for cancer, that he will tolerate the chemo. We pray for God's Holy healing to burn away all of the cancer.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

 

2018 12 05

Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, "Why do you test Me? Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?" They answered and said, "Caesar's." And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." Luke 20:22-25 (NKJV)
     Holy Father, I have been stamped with your image; please help me give myself fully to you.

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for the crown of glory you have given me through the fellowship I share.

He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. Isaiah 2:4 (NKJV)
     Jesus, let such peace come to pass in our generation.

Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. Psalm 147:1 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, let our church services become times of praise, worship and thanksgiving. Thank you.

A Word Received: Look to me for hope and direction.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

 

2018 12 04

Then He began to tell the people this parable: "A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. Luke 20:9 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us recognize that we don't "own" the church; it belongs to Jesus. We are only stewards.

For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. 1 Thessalonians 2:1-2 (NKJV)
     Lord Jesus, please give us boldness to speak the gospel.

that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NKJV)
     Help us walk worthy of you, God.

"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)
     Holy Father, please help the leaders of the diocese and the leaders of the national church reason together with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! Psalm 146:1 (NKJV)
     LORD God of Hosts, help my soul sing your praises.

A Word Received: Wait on me for my provision.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 03, 2018

 

2018 12 03

Please pray for Bishop Bill, the Standing Committee, and the clergy and laity of this diocese as we cope with the decisions of the Episcopal General Convention.

Please pray for vocations to the Sisters of St. Mary, the Daughters of the King, the healing ministry, the Franciscan Community of the Holy Cross, the Beaver Cross Staff, and the Diocesan staff.

Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him Luke 20:1 (NKJV)
     Jesus, I pray that the gospel will be preached in all of our parishes.

and spoke to Him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?" Luke 20:2 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, convert those who resist the gospel.

But He answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, and answer Me: The baptism of John--was it from heaven or from men?" Luke 20:3-4 (NKJV)
     That is still a relevant question today: is the call to seek repentance from God or man?

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet." So they answered that they did not know where it was from. Luke 20:5-7 (NKJV)
     Father, so many of our elders give weasel-worded answers to Jesus' question.

And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." Luke 20:8 (NKJV)
     Lord, open the eyes and ears of our hearts.

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us give thanks for our calling.

"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:16-17 (NKJV)
     Jesus, wash and cleanse us by your Holy Spirit.

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the LORD." Psalm 122:1 (NKJV)
     Help us rejoice as we enter your house, LORD. Thank you.

A Word Received: Look to me for help in the storm.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, December 02, 2018

 

2018 12 02

Please pray for Bishop Bill, the Standing Committee, and the clergy and laity of this diocese as we cope with the decisions of the Episcopal General Convention.

"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Matthew 25:1-4 (NKJV)
     Father, please give me the oil of your Holy Spirit.

But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Matthew 25:5-6 (NKJV)
     Lord, your church slumbers now; help us awake by your Holy Spirit.

Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' Matthew 25:7-9 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for the oil I have received from others.

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Matthew 25:10 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me to be ready at all times to enter into the wedding feast of the Lamb.

Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' Matthew 25:11-12 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help me make you known to those who do not yet know you.

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. Matthew 25:13 (NKJV)
     Holy Trinity, One God, help us to watch and be ready for the Son of Man's return.

A Word Received: Listen to me and learn of me.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, November 30, 2018

 

2018 11 30

Please pray for Bishop Bill, the Standing Committee, and the clergy and laity of this diocese as we cope with the decisions of the Episcopal General Convention.

     Father, please put on all of us the shoes of the preparation to share the gospel of peace; gird our loins with your truth; put on us the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. Place on our arm the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the evil one; and place in our hand the sword of your Spirit which is your word; that having stood all, we might yet stand. Finally, help us to be strong in Jesus and in the power of his might, and cast off from us the chains of apathy that keep us from speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Thank you. (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

And it came to pass, when He came near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, "Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, 'Why are you loosing it?' thus you shall say to him, 'Because the Lord has need of it.' " Luke 19:29-31 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me follow Jesus' directions.

Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: "'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!' Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" Luke 19:37-38 (NKJV)
     Father, please help us join in this rejoicing at Jesus' coming.

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Romans 15:7 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please let my home be a haven of peace and blessing for all who enter here.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NKJV)
     God of hope, fill us with your joy and Holy Spirit.

And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur. Zechariah 14:8 (NKJV)
     LORD, let your living waters flow through us.

Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4-5 (NKJV)
     LORD, lead us and guide us in your way of salvation.

A Word Received: Walk with me on my path; I will direct your footsteps.

Albany Intercessor

CITY MISSION PRAYER TABLE, November 29, 2018, Torre Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo
+ received cross
1.     Dan – Pray for his nephew Jake (age 22) who has problems with his liver. Pray for God's healing throughout his body, touching every cell of his liver. Dan's sister is asking for prayer for him, and we pray for her to have peace.
2.     Ken – He will be moving into his own apartment soon. We pray that it will be a haven of peace and blessing for him and for all who go there. We pray that he will remain steady in Jesus.
3.     Paul – We pray that he continue to lean on and learn from God with all that he received from the Mission. He prayed that we will stay in touch.
4.     + Joseph – Pray for his family. He has been separated from them for 3 months. Pray for restoration and forgiveness. Lord, give him your peace and comfort. Joseph rededicated his life to Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
5.     Ade and Kari – Pray they will get an apartment soon so they can get their child (Adrian) back from foster care. Pray for reliable communication between them and Social Services.
6.     Rev. Tyrone – We pray that the Lord bless and anoint Rev. Tyrone as he ministers to the lost at the Mission. We pray that the Lord give words of encouragement. Additionally, Rev. Tyrone prayed for us that God will bless us and help us to remain faithful to being at the prayer table each Thursday.
7.     Tom – Mike and Kelly are friends who he prays will begin to make better choices in their lives, and follow the path to be clean and restored. We especially pray for them to find and proclaim Jesus as Lord of their lives.
We also pray for Tom's family to be safe and that Tom follow where God leads to keep him strong in his faith.
8.     Justin – We pray that there will be a final dismissal of the charges against him and that he be freed of any anxiety. Justin gave a PTL that he presently has a girlfriend who is having a positive affect on him. Justin also asked for prayer for getting a better job, one that he has pending at Union College.
9.     + Robert - Pray for a hedge of protection around his family. Pray that Robert will get the help he needs, and that the new medication he is on will help his bi-polar condition.
10.     Gayle – She is having ear problems that are giving her concern. We pray for healing of her ears and relief of pain, as well as discernment with treatment.
11.     +++ Carlos took some crosses and we pray that they bless whoever he gives them to.
12.     + Tyisha – Pray for a hedge of protection around her and in her spirit. She feels she is being attacked by a demon who is accusing her of doing wrong things. Lord, we come against this in the name of Jesus and pray your blood over these thoughts. Give her a sense of your presence in her to help her feel your safe, secure hand on her.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

 

2018 11 29

Please pray for Bishop Bill and the clergy and laity of this diocese as we cope with the decisions of the Episcopal General Convention.

For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Luke 19:26 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help us receive and use all that you have placed in our stewardship.

the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, Ephesians 1:18 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, open the eyes of my heart to see the glory of the the inheritance of the saints.

It shall come to pass that if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who begot him will say to him, 'You shall not live, because you have spoken lies in the name of the LORD.' And his father and mother who begot him shall thrust him through when he prophesies. Zechariah 13:3 (NKJV)
     LORD, deal with those who speak lies in your name.

Do not gather my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men, in whose hands is a sinister scheme, and whose right hand is full of bribes. Psalm 26:9-10 (NKJV)
     LORD, protect me from those who do evil.

A Word Received: Look to me for light when all other lights fail.

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, November 26, 2018
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- So pleased to report that once again this Monday's (Nov. 26) Prayer Table in the morning and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility in the evening witnessed God's presence in our very midst. We deacons and volunteers are so grateful for the support of all you people who pray for us and offer clean, used clothing and non-perishable food items you donate.
     Prayer Table -- It wasn't unbearably cold this morning, but volunteer James Bryant and I decided to hold the table indoors in the Parish Hall. We had about 30 persons in all come by, and so many of them came early because they knew ahead of time that this was the day we would be passing out food items (which we do once a month now) as well as the clothing we offer. We are grateful for all of you parishioners who have brought in winter coats, shoes and sneakers and sweaters for our neighbors. So many of them are coming from warm climates and are caught by surprise that the weather up here in upstate New York is cold! (Note: We will be offering food and paper goods again on Dec. 17.) We will not be operating the Prayer Table on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.)
     MCCF services -- We had 19 men attend two services this evening. (We were unable to do a service for the ladies because the one female pod is under repair because of a recent malfunction in the heating system there. We hope to visit there next week. Also, we did not have any takers in one of the three men's pods. This happens sometimes.) As has been the case the last few months, we had lively discussions following the readings. We encouraged men to read the Old Testament and Epistles aloud for their groups, and they did! One male inmate wanted to know all about who Pontius Pilate was, and why it was he who had the power to condemn Jesus to the cross. Another man wondered why we were studying something that happened on Good Friday when we are so close to Christmas. Still another said he has been studying the gospels and had a question: "Why did Jesus utter 'My God, why have you forsaken me?' if that is where He wanted to be in the first place in order to save us. When you think about it, that is a VERY good question. We tried to explain that some biblical scholars have said it is because Jesus was in the last minutes of His life and he was very much a human just as he also was very much God as part of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and He was in agony. Just another side note: after one of the inmates read the Prayers of the People, a couple of the inmates started singing the "Amen, Amen" chant from "Lilies of the Field." That took us a little bit aback at first, but at the same time it is great to see people enjoying the services we offer. They were not making light of the prayers ... they were just having a good time. And after all, God is not a spoil sport.
     These inmates have asked for your prayers for themselves and indicated loved ones. Please pray for them. God bless you all! -- Michael (and Mary, Carl, Melanie, Hazel, Heather and Anne), Drew (and family), Chris (and Nancy), Jorge (and Heather and Ashley), Mike (and Amber and Alicia), Bob (and daughters and girlfriend), Bruce, Depree (and Abigail, London and Dominique), Terrence (and Peyton and Reed), George (and family), Earl (and family), Deshon (and and Heribeth and Elinana), Charles (and all fellow inmates), Kyle (and family and Cara.)

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