Wednesday, April 26, 2017
2017 04 26
Jesus, thank you for those who brought me to faith through their words and actions.
"that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me." John 17:21 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, bring us to unity in the Body of Christ so that others will believe.
"O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:25-26 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for making your Father known to us.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. 1 John 2:15-16 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, set me free from love of the world and its false treasures.
Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. Daniel 2:20 (NKJV)
Thank you, God, for giving us wisdom to face the challenges of life.
Moses and Aaron were among His priests, and Samuel was among those who called upon His name; they called upon the LORD, and He answered them. Psalm 99:6 (NKJV)
LORD, we too call upon your name.
(Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:)
May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.
A word received: Look to me, even when you are troubled.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
2017 04 25
Holy Spirit, please teach me how to "not be of the world."
I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. John 17:15 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for interceding for me so that I shall be kept from the evil one.
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. John 17:17 (NKJV)
Father, make me holy by your word of truth.
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for being my advocate.
Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. 1 John 2:8 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help me love the brethren.
Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. Psalm 98:1 (NKJV)
LORD, gain the victory for us.
A word received: Look to me for rest.
PRAYER TABLE REPORT -- St. Ann's of Amsterdam --(Monday, April 17, 2017, 9:45-10:45 a.m. on the lawn in front of our church on Division Street. James Bryant, Rebecca Lohmeyer and Deacon Alan presiding at His table this fine day.) -- Surprisingly, not as many people out and about today even though the schools are closed for Easter break, the weather was nice, etc. You just never know. --
SCENES -- We gave out all the free, non-perishable food and materials at the table save for a few rolls of paper goods. (The neighbors who did come were mostly our regular visitors who we know are quite in need. We are glad to help them get through the week with enough food. ... Many thanks to recent donations of clean, used (and sometimes new!) clothing, which was gratefully taken by our neighbors. A special thank you to the Santiago family and to Adrian Catucci for their generous donations.
PRAYER CONCERNS -- Please join in praying for CONSUELA, who has already been to the table many times for prayers of healing against a serious illness (God knows the details) and now is worried about upcoming eye surgery next week. ... Two women (no names given) who came for the first time sought prayer and prayer alone (for private concerns) and then each took one of the wooden crosses made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina. Pray with us for them. APPEAL -- We would be grateful for any warmer weather clothing items you could donate. Now that the warmer weather is here (or almost here!) we can use your help. Most of what we have on hand to give out tends to be for the colder months. We will be storing that away now that the Spring/Summer time is here. God bless you and thank you for your contributions and intercessory prayers.
Monday, April 24, 2017
2017 04 24
Father, thank you for giving me to Jesus and for helping me know him and you.
"Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are." John 17:11 (NKJV)
Father, keep us in peace and unity.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for the cleansing power of confession.
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Daniel 1:8 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, keep me undefiled by the world and its delicacies.
As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Daniel 1:17 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, give us your gifts as well.
You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10 (NKJV)
LORD, preserve my soul.
Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. Psalm 97:12 (NKJV)
Father, help me daily rejoice in you.
A word received: Keep your eyes on me, for I Am the hope of the nations.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
2014 04 23
Jesus, let my belief in you be a sure protection from the troubles of this world.
"In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." John 14:2 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, guide me on this journey to our Father's house where Jesus has prepared a place for me.
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." John 14:3 (NKJV)
Jesus, I long to be received in your arms with all the saints in glory.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 (NKJV)
Father, have mercy on those who fudge the gospel and say there is some other way to you besides Jesus.
"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." John 14:7 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help me know Jesus and his Father better each day.
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 1 Peter 2:1-2 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me lay aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking and desire only the pure milk of the word.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for calling me out of darkness.
Your testimonies are very sure; Holiness adorns Your house, O LORD, forever. Psalm 93:5 (NKJV)
O LORD, let your holiness adorn my home forever.
A word received: Come to me for my living water and my living word day by day.
Friday, April 21, 2017
2017 04 21
Jesus, let your word hold me up and keep me from stumbling.
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you." John 16:7 (NKJV)
Jesus, please send the Helper to me each day.
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you." John 16:13-14 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, guide me in the truth and help me glorify Jesus.
However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. Acts 4:4 (NKJV)
Father, help me hear the word of your witnesses and believe.
"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help us embrace your word of truth and live in the power of Jesus' name.
"But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days." Daniel 12:13 (NKJV)
LORD, write my name in the Lamb's Book of Life and let me arise to my inheritance.
Sing to the LORD, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:2 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me proclaim your salvation each day.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth. Psalm 96:13 (NKJV)
Lord, we need your righteous judgment.
A word received: Come, lay your burdens at my feet.
Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, April 20, 2017, 4:30 - 6:10 p.m.. Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady and Torre Bissell from St. Ann's Amsterdam and Bellvue Reformed Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
Charlie (volunteer) -- Prayers for Ted who isn't doing well.
Chuck (volunteer) -- Awful pain in hip; doctor's appointment today.
+ 199 Darrin (Resident) -- Sobriety
Tony (volunteer) -- He has been put on an increased dosage of seizure medicine.
+ 199 Shawn (Resident) -- He confessed his sins to Jesus and gave Him his burdens and accepted God's cleansing.
Dan (Staff) -- Ted is not doing well; Jordan is expected back next week.
Gary (Staff) -- Prayers for his message at the community meal.
Eleanor (woman) -- She has moved to Saratoga to be with her mother.
+ Christine (woman)
Angel (woman) -- Blessings
Cindy (woman) (young woman) -- Her grandfather has Stage 4 cancer. She is deeply burdened by this.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
2017 04 16
Jesus, thank you for breaking through all our fears and coming to us with your peace.
So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." John 20:21 (NKJV)
Here am I, Lord, send me.
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. John 20:22 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me receive all of the Holy Spirit that you have for me.
Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, "What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?" Luke 24:13-17 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for the fellowship you have given me where we can talk over what we have seen you do. Thank you for coming into the conversation with us.
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. Luke 24:30-31 (NKJV)
Help me recognize you, Jesus, in the breaking of bread.
So the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 51:11 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for the hope and the joy of the resurrection you give us.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:5 (NKJV)
Thank you for overcoming my darkness.
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Exodus 12:5 (NKJV)
Father, please help me give you unblemished sacrifice.
O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Psalm 63:1-2 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me find you in the sanctuary today.
A word received: Live in the hope of the resurrection.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
2017 04 13
Father, you have adopted me as your child; help me bring you glory.
But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. John 17:13 (NKJV)
Jesus, fulfill your joy in me.
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. John 17:17 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, make me holy by your word of truth.
For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:17 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for making me a part of that one bread.
For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 1 Corinthians 11:29 (NKJV)
Jesus, make me worthy by your blood to come to your table.
To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to release those appointed to death, Psalm 102:20 (NKJV)
LORD, set the prisoners of sin free to love you.
O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [from the BCP]
"Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also." Hebrews 13:3
"The children of Your servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before You." Psalm 102:28 (NKJV)
Father, establish my children and grandchildren and theirs before you.
A word received: I love you -- I gave my life for you.