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Sunday, December 17, 2017

 

2017 12 17

I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. John 5:30 (NKJV)
     Father, please help us also seek your will and not our own.

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. John 5:39 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us daily accept the witness of Scripture.

Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help me stand fast in the truth of the gospel.

I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. Amos 9:14 (NKJV)
     Lord, bring back all the captives to sin and rebuild Schenectady.

A Word Received: Listen. Listen for words of hope and encouragement as you come to me this Christmastide.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, December 16, 2017

 

2017 12 16

Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down." Matthew 24:1-2 (NKJV)
     Lord Jesus, help us remember that the church is not the building, but the body of believers.

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Matthew 24:6 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, we live in troubled times; help us find our peace in Jesus.

But he who endures to the end shall be saved. Matthew 24:13 (NKJV)
     Father, help me endure to the end.

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Revelation 3:2 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us strengthen that which remains.

He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. Revelation 3:5 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us overcome and remain written in your Book of Life.

Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,' says the LORD; 'and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,' says the LORD, 'and work; for I am with you,' says the LORD of hosts. Haggai 2:4 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for being with us as we rebuild your church.

'According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!' Haggai 2:5 (NKJV)
     Father, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit among us.

Let Your work appear to Your servants, And Your glory to their children. Psalm 90:16 (NKJV)
     Father, please help our children see your glory.

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17 (NKJV)
     Jesus, establish the work of our hands. Thank you.

A Word Received: Do not be troubled by rumors; I Am Lord and I Am in charge.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, December 15, 2017

 

2017 12 15

Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matthew 23:28 (NKJV)
     Jesus, you know my sin and hypocrisy; cleanse me and make me whole.

Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. Matthew 23:36 (NKJV)
     Lord, I fear what will come on this generation.

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Matthew 23:37 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please gather us in your arms.

But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations-- Revelation 2:25-26 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me hold fast and overcome and do the works of Jesus till the end.

Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: "Consider your ways! "You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes." Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Consider your ways! Haggai 1:5-7 (NKJV)
     Father, please help me consider my ways.

Then Haggai, the LORD'S messenger, spoke the LORD'S message to the people, saying, "I am with you, says the LORD." Haggai 1:13 (NKJV)
     Father, help me hear and receive this message.

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come to You. Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble; incline Your ear to me; in the day that I call, answer me speedily. Psalm 102:1-2 (NKJV)
     LORD, hear my cry to you.

A Word Received: Hope in me, for such hope endures.

Albany Intercessor

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 14, 2017, 4:20 - 6:00 p.m. Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady and Torre Bissell from St. Ann's Amsterdam. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Carol (volunteer) -- We prayed for the volunteers Charlie and Tony who are both ill.

+Ken (resident) -- We prayed for strength and long-suffering.

Jordan (staff) -- for grace outpouring and for strength

Glenn (resident) -- For the Fatherless and those out in the cold

+++Anthony (staff) for ministry to families

+Patty (woman) -- for warmth and safety

Time (man) -- He has 91 days of sobriety (he comes every couple of weeks to report on his sobriety)

Bruce (volunteer) -- prayed for Wesley his grandson

Thursday, December 14, 2017

 

2017 12 14

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Matthew 23:23 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, convict us when we have neglected the weightier matters of your word: justice and mercy and faith.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Matthew 23:25 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help me clean out the inside of my cup.

Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10 (NKJV)
     Father, help me endure through all the tribulations and be faithful until death. Set me free from fear.

"For surely I will command, and will sift the house of Israel among all nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve; yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground." Amos 9:9 (NKJV)
     LORD, your church needs to be sifted; have mercy on us.

I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3 (NKJV)
     LORD, I need your saving strength.

They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. Psalm 18:18 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for being my support.

A Word Received: I Am with you in the times of trouble. You are not alone.
     Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table and Montgomery County Correctional Facility Report, St. Ann's Amsterdam
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Just reporting in on this past Monday's (Dec. 11) Prayer Table and Montgomery County Correctional Facility weekly Services From the Reserved Sacrament. Both of these ministries of God's in which we take part went extremely well in taking the Gospel to our neighbors.

PRAYER TABLE -- Not as many people came to the table this time, and probably the cold weather and threat of snow had something to do with it. Maybe there were 25 people who came for the anointing and prayer opportunity, the free clean and used clothing we offer, and the free non-perishable food we offer. In recent weeks we have also been offering oranges, potatoes and/or bananas. These fresh items have been gratefully received. These people asked for your intercessory prayers: Selena, Bridget, Angelo, Yvonne and Iva.

Montgomery County Correctional Facility services -- This evening once again was very moving. We had 30 men and 6 women attend. (That is the most women we have ever had come to their service.) We would like you to pray especially for a young man named JOE who seems to be struggling mightily with what he believes and does not believe. He stopped us several times to inject an opinion of his own. For instance, once he interrupted the celebrant (Dcn MaryCarol) to say that he believes Jesus lived and was a good man whose example we should follow, but that there are "lots of Gods" and Jesus is only one of them. We can see that Joe is going to be hard work!! Dcn Alan had an extended conversation with him after the service. He tried to assure Joe that Jesus is not just a historical figure who died on a cross 2,000 years ago; that He lives today! And before we get judgmental, let's remember that there are many people like "Joe" in the world today who need to know that there is ONE triune God, and that he loves us and wants us to return to Him. We would also ask you to pray for another young man named Steve, who also has the Muslim name of Hassim. He has come every week to the service the past month or so and seems to be on the fence between being a Muslim and being a Christian. He said the Lord's Prayer aloud with everyone else during the service, and he asked for anointing and prayer also. He is obviously very curious to know more about Jesus. Pray for us to help Steve seek the Lord where He wills to be found. These inmates asked for your prayers for them: Eric, Steve (Hassim) and his family members Jeremiah and Mareesa, Anthony (and Sheila and Sylvia), Jose (and Eliodi, Jeanette and Socorro), Harry (and Heather), Taylor (and Jordynn and Carson), Cody, Danny, Jesus O., Haji, Dayron, Nelson R. and family, Jason (and his mother and family), Anthony R., Louie, Sean, Wayne, Edwin, Brian, Mary, Hazel, Tiffany (and Bryan and Orion), Kathleen (and Josh and John), Nicole (and Jeremy, Giovanni and Luca.)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

 

2017 12 13

For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. Matthew 23:4 (NKJV)
     Lord Jesus, as we minister to others, do not let us bind heavy burdens on them, but bring them to freedom in you.

And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. Matthew 23:10 (NKJV)
     Jesus, teacher, teach us.

But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us enter into a life of service.

Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Revelation 2:4 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, restore us to our first love for Jesus.

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8 (NKJV)
     Father, let your love for us in Jesus cover over all our sins.

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me minister the gifts you have given to me.

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 1 Peter 4:12-13 (NKJV)
     Lord, I am going through the trial of loss and loneliness. Thank you for being with me in this trial and for the hope of joy.

Hear this, you who swallow up the needy, and make the poor of the land fail, Amos 8:4 (NKJV)
     Father, please help those who swallow up the poor of the land to hearken to what you are saying to them.

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)
     Praise you Jesus. Praise you Holy Spirit. Praise you Father. Praise you LORD.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 (NKJV)
     Jesus, heal the brokenhearted among us and heal their wounds.

The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy. Psalm 147:11 (NKJV)
     Help me fear you, LORD.

A Word Received: Yield not to the temptations of the evil one. I will give you strength to resist.

Albany Intercessor

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

 

2017 12 12

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:34-40 (NKJV)
     Jesus, so many substitute loving neighbor for loving God first. Help us get our priorities right.

I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, Revelation 1:10 (NKJV)
     Father, please help us worship you in Spirit and truth each Lord's Day.

Then Amaziah said to Amos: "Go, you seer! Flee to the land of Judah. There eat bread, and there prophesy. But never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is the royal residence." Amos 7:12-13 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us repent of equating the church with the nation.

Lord, You have been favorable to Your land; You have brought back the captivity of Jacob. You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. Psalm 85:1-2 (NKJV)
     LORD, bring us out of captivity to sin.

Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease. Psalm 85:4 (NKJV)
     Restore us, Lord; restore us.

I will hear what God the LORD will speak, for He will speak peace To His people and to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly. Psalm 85:8 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us turn away from folly and return to the faith once for all given to the saints.

Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway. Psalm 85:13 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help us follow in your footsteps.

A Word Received: Hear me; hearken to my word. Listen to what I Am saying to you and do it.

Albany Intercessor

Monday, December 11, 2017

 

2017 12 11

There will be an Advent Taizé Prayer service at St. Ann's Amsterdam Tuesday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m.

The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, Matthew 22:23 (NKJV)
     Lord, there are Sadducees in our day. Thank you for the hope of the resurrection you have given to me.
     For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. Job 19:25-27a (NKJV)

Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. Matthew 22:29 (NKJV)
     Father, bring our teachers to a saving knowledge of the Scriptures and of your power.

And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Revelation 1:1b-2 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us bear true witness to what we have heard and seen from Jesus.

Thus the Lord GOD showed me: Behold, the Lord GOD called for conflict by fire, and it consumed the great deep and devoured the territory. Then I said: "O Lord GOD, cease, I pray! Oh, that Jacob may stand, for he is small!" So the LORD relented concerning this. "This also shall not be," said the Lord GOD. Amos 7:4-6 (NKJV)
     LORD, please stop the wild fires in California so that your people may stand.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: Psalm 122:6a (NKJV)
     "May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces." For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, "Peace be within you." Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good. Psalm 122:6b-9 (NKJV)

A Word Received: Pray for my people to listen to me.
     LORD, give us ears and hearts to hearken to your word.

Albany Intercessor

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 7, 2017, 4:20 - 6:00 p.m. Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady and Torre Bissell from St. Ann's Amsterdam. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.

+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Charlie (volunteer) -- prayed for his truck to get back on the road
Calvin (resident) -- prayed for peace. He has been clean for 5 months. Prayed for God's help for others.
+ Ken (resident) -- Friend's son died; we prayed for the hoe of the resurrection for him.
Torre & Chuck (volunteers) -- prayed for Tony (volunteer) who is have seizures.
Dan (staff) -- His daughter Shannon is doing OK and is interviewing for job. We prayed for Alvena, Summer's son's father who has an alcohol problem.
+ Glenn (resident) -- We prayed for the Father's will for him.
Deb (woman) -- We prayed for Vicki (volunteer) and for her son Calvin. We prayed for a witness to reach Calvin.
+ Antonio (man) -- for health
(woman) -- homeless
8+ Edward got one for himself, his wife and his 6 grandchildren as Christmas presents.
+ Rodney (man) -- He came to give thanks for an answered prayer by Chuck: a friend who was incarcerated is going to a halfway house. He asked us to read Isaiah 43:18-19 to him.
+ Manny (man) -- He asked prayer for a dead aunt in Dallas.
Stephen (Jewish man) -- He was very excited about the US recognizing Jerusalem as the capital.
Carlos (man) -- He came and greeted us.
Becky (woman) -- She asked prayer for Charles who was admitted to Albany Med coughing up blood.

Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility Jail report St. Ann's Amsterdam December 4, 2017
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Prayer Table and the Services from the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility were both eventful on this past Monday, Dec. 4. Our Lord is working mightily in both these St. Ann's ministries, and we like to keep you all up to date on what has happened.

Prayer Table --- Truthfully, not as many people came as usual. Perhaps 29 to 30 instead of the usual 40 or 50. But people came and gratefully took some great, clean used toys (donated by the Longe children!) and also the clean, used clothing we offer and the free, non-perishable food we put out for our neighbors. There also were very serious prayer concerns. DONNA, a young lady who has often come to the table but recently has been away, came up for anointing and prayer because last week she experienced some "shaking" and uncontrollable tremors. She went to St. Mary's and was then transferred to Albany Med. She was found to have some kind of cyst in the back of her head and she is going to have further testing, so she is fearful of a serious illness coming on. Please also pray for YVONNE, another regular visitor to the table. A friend of hers (no name) committed suicide last week. She was the mother of three young daughters. Such a tragic thing. Please pray for those girls to endure and carry on somehow. Please pray also for REBECCA, who attends Morning Prayer each Monday and then helps James Bryant and I with the table. Rebecca broke her right thumb in two places last weekend falling i9n the shower. Here are other people who signed our weekly sheet "For Healing and for Special Needs." It is the same sheet we offer in the back our church each Sunday: Dacy, Anthony, Jonathan, Angelo, Selena.

Montgomery County Correctional Facility -- We had 20 men and two women attend our services this week, which is down from recent weeks, but this is a ministry which should not be reflected just by numbers. Take into consideration that quite a few men and a few women have been released since mid-November and have returned to society. Pray for all those who have been released to make wise decisions from now on and live the productive lives God meant for them to have. These people asked for your prayers: Anthony, Boyd (and Alexia and Elle), Stephen (and Jeremiah, his little brother), Carlos (and Rhonda), Cliffored (and Joyce and kids), Cody, Edgardo, Nelson R. (and Zambrana and family), Jesus O., Raymond, Haji, Corey, Ed, Kevin.

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