Monday, October 24, 2016
2016 10 24
Jesus, please restore unity to your body the church.
"He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters." Luke 11:23 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us be a church that gathers.
"I went down to the moorings of the mountains; the earth with its bars closed behind me forever; yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God. When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple." Jonah 2:6-7 (NKJV)
LORD, I was plunged in grief and you have brought me up; thank you. Help me to remember you at all times and places.
He shall judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. Psalm 9:8 (NKJV)
Jesus, bring us to your righteousness before the day of judgement. "The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You." Psalm 9:9-10 (NKJV)
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. Arise, O LORD, do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your sight. Put them in fear, O LORD, that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Psalm 9:17-20 (NKJV)
O LORD, help us to know this as we prepare for the election.
Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:1-3 (NKJV)
Father, bring us to purity of heart and keep our feet from stumbling.
If I had said, "I will speak thus," behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children. When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me -- until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end. Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. Psalm 73:15-18 (NKJV)
LORD, you judgments are true and you set the wicked on slippery ground. LORD, thank you that one good thing has come out of this election: that men may not misuse women with impunity.
A word received: I Am a righteous judge and I shall call men to account for their deeds.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
2016 10 23
Holy Spirit, help let go of every bondage I am holding on to.
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10:16 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for pouring out your life blood for me on the cross. Thank you for being broken for me on the cross. Thank you for breaking into my life. Lord, a broken and contrite heart you will not despise.
Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me." Jonah 1:1-2 (NKJV)
LORD, let your word come to us and give us the grace to go where you send us.
So the captain came to him, and said to him, "What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish." Jonah 1:6 (NKJV)
LORD, awaken your people to prayer to you.
Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the LORD and took vows. Jonah 1:16 (NKJV)
Father, please help us fear you. Accept our sacrifices to you and help us keep our vows to you.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Psalm 23:3 (NKJV)
Jesus, restore the soul of this nation and lead us in the paths of righteousness for your name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for walking with me through the valley of the shadow of death and for your comfort there.
A word received: I Am a father to the fatherless, and I grieve for my children who have no home.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
2016 10 22
Jesus, teach us to pray as well. Thank you.
So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Luke 11:2 (NKJV)
Father, we pray that your name will be kept holy. Father, we are undone because we dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips that daily speak profanity. As you did with Isaiah, touch our lips and cleanse us.
Give us day by day our daily bread. Luke 11:3 (NKJV)
Father, you are our provider; carry us through this time.
And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." Luke 11:4 (NKJV)
Father, by your Holy Spirit, bring us to a recognition of our sins and to a true repentance. Help us forgive others so that we may be forgiven. Please deliver us from the power of the evil one.
"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Luke 11:9-10 (NKJV)
Jesus, bring us to that place where we daily ask, seek, and knock to enter into your provision for us.
And he said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings." Revelation 10:11 (NKJV)
Lord Jesus, raise up true prophets in this nation to lead us to repentance and back to you.
Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me. Micah 7:7 (NKJV)
LORD, I look to you for salvation.
Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn to our fathers from days of old. Micah 7:18-20 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for your loving mercy.
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. Psalm 63:1 (NKJV)
Jesus, this has become a dry and thirsty land. Have mercy on us and lead us to living water.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)
LORD, please help me enter your gates with thanksgiving and your courts with praise.
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100:5 (NKJV)
Even in the midst of the foulness of this campaign we give you thanks that mercy and truth endure for all generations.
A word received: I Am with you, even when you are afraid.
Praying the Nicene Creed, a word received 12/29/07: Each day I want you to take a phrase from the Nicene Creed and pray that phrase. My people need to hear what is true and make it their own.
I believe in one God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thank you for being one and thank you for your love for one another. Please help me, help your people live in the reality of your unity and love. Thank you.
the Father Almighty,
Father, thank you for being a father to me. Thank you that by your might you have made your son Jesus known to us so that we can become your children.
maker of heaven and earth,
Thank you, Father, for your creation. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to be better stewards of your creation.
and of all things visible and invisible;
Father, we know that we are surrounded by your angelic hosts and that whole company of heaven, that cloud of witnesses that has gone before us. Help us to be steady in you till we reach that place of rest. Thank you.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
Father, guide us by your Holy Spirit so that every other "lord" in our lives is brought under the sovereign rule of Jesus and he becomes our one Lord. Thank you.
the only begotten Son of God,
Father, thank you for sending your one and only son to us so that we might become your children.
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
Jesus, you have always been there; help us receive you into every part of our lives.
God of God, Light of Light,
Jesus, you are God and you are the light to take us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. You are the word of God and are a lamp to our feet.
very God of very God,
Jesus, you and the Father are one; please help us come to know you and him better.
begotten, not made,
Father, thank you for choosing Mary to bring Jesus to us. Help us to respond as she did.
being of one substance with the Father;
Jesus, you came to us bearing the image of the Father so that we might know his love for us. You are one with him and there is no division between you. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to know the unity and character that you share with the Father.
by whom all things were made;
Jesus, everything we have was made by you, there is nothing that we can have that we can call our own except for your cross and resurrection. It is all a free gift of yours; thank you.
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
Jesus, thank you for being willing to give up the glory of heaven to come and live with us. Thank you that day by day your Holy Spirit is willing to live in us in the midst of all our sin.
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
Holy Spirit, thank you for Mary's willingness to receive your over-shadowing and her willingness to risk all to bear Jesus for us.
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
Thank you, Jesus, for what you endured on the cross for us.
he suffered and was buried;
Jesus, thank you for dying for us while we were still sinners. You went to the cross and the grave for us because of your love for your father and for us. Thank you.
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
Holy Spirit, thank you that you enabled Jesus to rise from the dead. Thank you for his victory over sin and death. Please bring us to new life in him.
and ascended into heaven,
Jesus, thank you for your ascension into heaven to sit at the right hand of your father. Thank you that you ever live to make intercession for us.
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
Father, thank you for giving Jesus such a place of honor; please help us honor him by our words and deeds and belief.
and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead;
Jesus, you are Lord and you are judge; help us to fall into your hands and not the hands of men.
whose kingdom shall have no end.
Thank you, Jesus, for your endurance to the end on the cross. Thank you for establishing an eternal kingdom.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
Father, we desperately need the renewing power of your Holy Spirit in the life of the Episcopal Church
who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
Holy Spirit, thank you for helping us know both the Father and the Son!
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
Holy Spirit, please help us know you, worship you, and glorify you.
who spake by the Prophets.
Thank you for your word in Scripture and your words to us today.
And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church;
Holy Spirit, I believe that apostolic teaching which has been taught in all places and in all times. Thank you for the faith that you delivered to the saints. Help us to keep steady in your teaching and grace. Thank you.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins;
Jesus, thank you for washing away my sins. Thank you for baptizing me with your Holy Spirit. Please help me to live day by day in the hope of the resurrection. Thank you.
and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, please help us live in the hope of the resurrection and the life of the world to come. Thank you.
Friday, October 21, 2016
2016 10 21
Jesus, I welcome you into my home.
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. Luke 10:39 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me sit at the feet of Jesus and receive his instruction into my heart.
But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." Luke 10:40 (NKJV)
Father, help me set aside the distractions of life and sit with Mary at Jesus' feet.
And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:41-42 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me take your rebuke to heart.
And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. Revelation 9:21 (NKJV)
Lord, even now as we look at the evil which has come upon us, help us repent and turn to you.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 (NKJV)
LORD, let this be on our hearts as we go to vote. LORD, lead us to springs of living water.
"You shall sow, but not reap; you shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; and make sweet wine, but not drink wine. For the statutes of Omri are kept; all the works of Ahab's house are done; and you walk in their counsels, that I may make you a desolation, and your inhabitants a hissing. Therefore you shall bear the reproach of My people." Micah 6:15-16 (NKJV)
Lord, in your mercy, spare us from the desolation we deserve. "O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure." Psalm 6:1 (NKJV)
Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. Psalm 6:8-9 (NKJV)
LORD, you have heard the voice of my weeping; thank you.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 (NKJV)
LORD, I trust in you; help me remember your name at all times.
A word received: Look to me when you are weighed down with heavy burdens. I will carry them for you.
ST. ANN'S AMSTERDAM PRAYER TABLE REPORT -- (Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, 10-11 a.m. on the lawn in front of our church. Windy and damp but NOT raining. We were able to stay outside. James Bryant and Deacon Alan presiding at His table today.)
For about the fourth week in a row, a young mother who had never been to the table came to have a child blessed. This was her baby boy, PAVRE. This seems to be a case of "word getting around" that we give blessings for babies and young children. It is a wonderful privilege to bless a child! ...
Please pray for HELEN, another first-time visitor who obviously has heard about us. She came for prayer only. She is quite sick and facing surgery before she drives to Florida for the winter. Please join us in prayer for her. She is very afraid of the operation.
SCENES, REQUESTS -- A lot of people came this day, but many more will come in the next two weeks because people in our neighborhood are running out of money near the end of the month and are grateful for anything we can give them to eat. You donations of canned goods, mac and cheese, etc., are greatly needed and appreciated. ... Please go through your closets and see if you have any clean, used winter coats you no longer want or need. The weather is getting colder and the need is great. That coat hanging in the back of your closet that you no longer wear just might help some neighbor get through the coming cold winter. God bless you all!
Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 20, 2016, 4:30 - 6:10 p.m.. 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
Jordan (staff) -- Great pain in leg for four weeks.
Kermit (staff) -- Prayer for steadiness in Jesus.
+William (Resident) -- Prayer to ge forward steadily with Jesus and no backsliding.
Dan (staff) -- Prayer for protection of the community meal from disruption and drama.
Ted (volunteer in 80s) -- Prayer that he will continue to live independently and for his daughter Camille.
Gary (staff) -- Prayer for peace at the community meal and for his message at the beginning of the meal.
Stephen (man) -- Prayer about the instability in our country.
+Janice (older woman)
Ronnie (woman) -- She is trying to stop smoking. Where she lives is surrounded by drugs.
+Nelson (boy 9) -- Prayers for birthday blessings. +Jessily (his mom) -- Prayer that she will be guided in raising Nelson.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
2016 10 20
Forgive me, Lord, for the times I have tested you.
He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.' " And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." Luke 10:26-28 (NKJV)
Father, help me love and honor you with all that I have and am.
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Luke 10:29 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me learn who my neighbors are.
Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:30-37 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me show mercy to those who are in need. Help me have the compassion of the Samaritan.
And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury On the nations that have not heard." Micah 5:15 (NKJV)
LORD, we have not been listening to you; have mercy on us.
"I removed his shoulder from the burden; his hands were freed from the baskets. You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Psalm 81:6-7 (NKJV)
Hear and answer when I call to you, LORD. Help me in the day of loneliness and trouble.
"But My people would not heed My voice, and Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels. Psalm 81:11-12 (NKJV)
Lord Jesus, help us heed your voice -- do not give us over to our own stubborn hearts.
I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2 (NKJV)
LORD, I love you. Dad, thank you for caring for me.
Return to your rest, O my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. Psalm 116:7 (NKJV)
LORD, thank you for your bounty and your rest.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. Psalm 116:15 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me die to myself.
A word received: Place your hope in me. I Am able.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
2016 10 19
Holy Spirit, help me live in the power of Jesus' name.
"Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven." Luke 10:20 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me daily live in the hope of the resurrection.
Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it." Luke 10:23-24 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for the things I have gotten to see.
Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, and the mountain of the temple Like the bare hills of the forest. Micah 3:12 (NKJV)
Lord, your church and your people are be plowed as a field and everything is being turned over as furrows. Have mercy on us.
Many nations shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Micah 4:2 (NKJV)
Father, teach us your ways so that we may walk in your paths.
He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off; 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. Micah 4:3 (NKJV)
LORD, we cry out to you for the people of Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, that they would beat their swords into plowshares.
For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11 (NKJV)
Father, let your angels have charge over me to keep me in all my ways..
Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. Psalm 125:1 (NKJV)
LORD, I trust in you.
A word received: I Am faithful and true. Place your hope in me.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
2016 10 18
Lord, please send out laborers into the harvest.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." Isaiah 6:8 (NKJV)
Lord, here I am; send me.
Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. Luke 10:4 (NKJV)
Jesus, I trust in your provision for me.
"And heal the sick there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.' " Luke 10:9 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me heal the sick and proclaim that the kingdom of God has come near.
"He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me." Luke 10:16 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me hear you and all those you send to me.
And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Revelation 7:14-17 (NKJV)
Lord, I long to be in that great throng around your throne giving you praise and honor. Shepherd me day by day and wipe away ever tear.
But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. Micah 3:8 (NKJV)
LORD, we have become a sinful people and gone after false gods.
To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock: do not be silent to me, lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Psalm 28:1 (NKJV)
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.
Blessed be the LORD, because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28:6-7 (NKJV)
LORD, I put my trust in you.
The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed. Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; shepherd them also, and bear them up forever. Psalm 28:8-9 (NKJV)
LORD, you are my strength and my shepherd.
A word received: You are in my care -- keep turning to me amidst the chaos of these times.