Wednesday, September 28, 2016
2016 09 28
Jesus, help me answer your call when you say to me, "Follow me."
And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, "Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." Luke 5:30-32 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for calling me.
"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved." Luke 5:37-38 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us find those new wineskins in the life of your church to carry what you are doing among us.
From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. And when they had come to him, he said to them: "You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:17-21 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help us hold back nothing of the gospel of Christ that would help others.
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me testify with joy in the ministry you have given me.
Then the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the LORD for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans." Hosea 3:1 (NKJV)
Father, help us live out your prophetic words to us.
Behold, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who by night stand in the house of the LORD! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. Psalm 134:1-2 (NKJV)
LORD, I lift up my hands to praise you.
A word received: Be at peace, rest in my arms
"Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man's opinion, even if he is our father. I, at any rate, cannot separate the two ideas of democracy and tradition; it seems evident to me that they are the same idea. We will have the dead at our councils. The ancient Greeks voted by stones; these shall vote by tombstones. It is all quite regular and official, for most tombstones, like most ballot papers, are marked with a cross." Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton, Doubleday Image Book, page 48 © 1908, 1936 by Dodd, Mead & Company
Monday, September 26, 2016
2016 09 26
Lord, I am willing to launch out into the deep at your word.
So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him. Luke 5:11 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me forsake all to follow Jesus.
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24 (NKJV)
Jesus, I pray for myself and for all you have called to ministry that we may finish our race with joy in testifying to the gospel of the grace of God.
For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Acts 20:29-30 (NKJV)
Father, have mercy on your flock, for savage wolves have come in among us.
I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " Acts 20:35 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us give freely of ourselves.
"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. Hosea 2:14-15 (NKJV)
Jesus, bring your church back to you. You are our doorway of hope.
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)
Jesus, I seek you; I desire you to have control of my life.
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 9:19-20 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help the candidates to know that they are but men.
But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works. Psalm 73:28 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me by your Holy Spirit to be a faithful witness.
A word received: Clothe yourself with my armor.
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)
Sunday, September 25, 2016
2016 09 25
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Jim Elliot, martyr who entered into glory January 8, 1956, age 28, in an attempt to bring the gospel to the Waodani people of Ecuador.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away." Matthew 13:47-48 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help me cast away what is worthless in my life to gain what is good in you.
Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:10 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me control what comes out of my mouth.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. James 3:13 (NKJV)
Lord, bring me to the "meekness of wisdom".
And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him: "Call her name Lo-Ruhamah, for I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel, but I will utterly take them away. Hosea 1:6 (NKJV)
LORD, there comes a day when we so transgress against you will that will make an end of us. Have mercy on this nation; for we have gone against your word and your will.
Say to your brethren, 'My people,' and to your sisters, 'Mercy is shown.' Hosea 2:1 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us speak these words of hope to your people.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; Psalm 19:7 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, convert my soul and give me wisdom.
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. Psalm 19:12-13 (NKJV)
Cleanse me, Jesus, and keep me from presumptuous sin.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Psalm 46:1-3 (NKJV)
Lord, set me free from fear of circumstances; for I know that you will be with me through it all.
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. Psalm 46:4 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me flow in that river of God (See Ezekiel 47:1-9).
A word received: Come, sit down at the banquet of the kingdom and make merry with me.
This is Pamela Miller from St.John's in Johnstown NY. Our prayer table is open 9-10:00 every Wednesday. We prayed for Caleb who is in search of employment. We prayed with Francis thanksgivings. We prayed with Claudette and Larry.for heath and life's blessings.
Please continue to keep this ministry in your heart
Saturday, September 24, 2016
2016 09 24
Lord Jesus, rebuke our illnesses so that we may serve you.
but He said to them, "I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent." Luke 4:43 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, let the kingdom of God be preached in every community in this region.
And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, "Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him." Acts 20:9-10 (NKJV)
Father, I fall asleep during sermons as well; bring me to new life in Jesus.
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1 (NKJV)
Thank you, LORD, for your enduring goodness and mercy.
To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn, for His mercy endures forever; and brought out Israel from among them, for His mercy endures forever; with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, for His mercy endures forever; to Him who divided the Red Sea in two, for His mercy endures forever; and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for His mercy endures forever; but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, for His mercy endures forever; Psalm 136:10-15 (NKJV)
Father, overthrow all those rulers who would oppress you people.
To Him who led His people through the wilderness, for His mercy endures forever; Psalm 136:16 (NKJV)
Jesus, guide us through the wilderness times of our lives; help us follow you. Thank you, Lord, for your great mercy to us.
A word received: Listen to me. Pray for listening ears. Pray that you will be guided by what you hear from me. Pray for discernment of my word to you.
A Prayer of Confession for America from Daniel 9
Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. (Daniel 9:3)
LORD, move our hearts to come before you in humility to pray.
And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant and mercy with those who love him, and with those who keep his commandments, (Daniel 9:4)
LORD, please give us hearts made pure by confession. You are great and awesome and you keep your covenant and mercy with those who love you and keep your commandments. Help us walk in your ways.
we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from your precepts and your judgments. (Daniel 9:5)
Father, we in the America have sinned and committed iniquity and have done wickedly and rebelled by departing from your precepts and judgments.
Neither have we heeded your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. (Daniel 9:6)
Holy Spirit, we have ignored what you have said through your prophets who speak even now to the leaders of our nation.
O Lord, righteousness belongs to you, but to us shame of face, as it is this day--to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which you have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against you. (Daniel 9:7)
Jesus, we have sinned against your righteousness in this country because of the unfaithfulness which we have committed against you.
O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against you. (Daniel 9:8 )
O Lord, to us belongs shame of face: to our officials and church and lay leaders because we have sinned against you. Bring us back to you.
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him. (Daniel 9:9)
Jesus, you are fountain of mercy and forgiveness even though we have rebelled against you. Wash us clean by your blood.
We have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. (Daniel 9:10)
LORD, we have not obeyed your voice; we have not walked in your laws which you have set before us by your servants the prophets in the Scriptures.
Yes, all Israel has transgressed your law, and has departed so as not to obey your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against him. (Daniel 9:11)
Yes, Father, America has transgressed your law and has departed from the words you have spoken; therefore we are under judgment because we have sinned against you. Have mercy on us for the sake of your son Jesus.
And he has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster; for under the whole heaven such has never been done as what has been done to Jerusalem. (Daniel 9:12)
Jesus, the present cultural wars in America are a sign of your great displeasure and judgment on us. Turn our hearts back to you and your ways.
As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us; yet we have not made our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand your truth. (Daniel 9:13)
Holy Spirit, please help us turn from our iniquities and understand your truth so that we cry out to you in Spirit and in Truth.
Therefore the LORD has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which he does, though we have not obeyed his voice. (Daniel 9:14)
Jesus, the division and discord in America are a sign of our disobedience to your word; help us return to your righteousness ways.
And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and made yourself a name, as it is this day--we have sinned, we have done wickedly! (Daniel 9:15)
Father, bring us out of the house of bondage as you did the children of Israel -- we have sinned, we have done wickedly!
O Lord, according to all your righteousness, I pray, let your anger and your fury be turned away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people are a reproach to all those around us. (Daniel 9:16)
Lord, in your righteousness, let your anger and your fury be turned away from America; because for our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, America and your people are a reproach to all those around us.
Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord's sake cause your face to shine on your sanctuary, which is desolate. (Daniel 9:17)
Father, hear the prayer of your servants and for Jesus' sake cause your face to shine on your sanctuary which is desolate.
O my God, incline your ear and hear; open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by your name; for we do not present our supplications before you because of our righteous deeds, but because of your great mercies. (Daniel 9:18 )
O my God, incline your ear and hear, open your eyes and see our desolation, and the church which is called by your name; our righteousness is as filthy rags but we plead your great mercy.
O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for your own sake, my God, for your city and your people are called by your name. (Daniel 9:19)
O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for your own sake, my God, for your church and your people are called by your name.
Friday, September 23, 2016
2016 09 23
Jesus, I pray that your word will have authority with us.
Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands. Acts 19:26 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us repent of worshiping the works of our hands.
And in every province and city, wherever the king's command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them. Esther 8:17 (NKJV)
Father, help us to have feasts and celebrations to mark the mighty works of salvation you have wrought for us in your son Jesus.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NKJV)
Father, help me abide under your shadow.
A Psalm. A song for the Sabbath day. It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; Psalm 92:1 (NKJV)
Thank you, LORD, for all that you have done for me and Jean.
They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, Psalm 92:14 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me bear fruit in old age.
A word received: You are in my care; don't be afraid. Give your fears to me. I will deliver you.
These prayers are also posted on my blog http://albanyintercessor.blogspot.com/ .
Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, September 22, 2016, 4:30 - 6:10 p.m.. Torre Bissell from St. Ann's Amsterdam, and Chuck Rinaldo from Christ 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
+ Roman (Resident) -- He has bad arthritis in his hand and wrist. Prayed for freedom of motion.
Ted (volunteer) -- Prayed that he will continue to live independently. We prayed for Camille to continue her medication.
Dan (staff) -- We prayed for his daughter, Summer, and her husband Al and their newborn baby Jackson.
Gary (staff) -- We prayed for healing of a bad cold.
+Janice (older woman)
+Eric (man) -- His wife is expecting and they are looking for an apartment.
Davon (man) -- We prayed for rest and sleep for him.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
2016 09 22
Jesus, return among us in the power of your Spirit and come through this whole region.
So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." Luke 4:16-19 (NKJV)
Jesus, come and fulfill this among us in our day.
Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches." Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?" Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. Acts 19:13-16 (NKJV)
Just using your name is not sufficient; we have to have a relationship with you, Jesus. Holy Spirit, help us daily grow in that relationship with Jesus.
Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease. Psalm 85:4 (NKJV)
LORD, we have walked after many false gods in our day; restore us and save us.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. Psalm 86:5 (NKJV)
LORD, hear our cries to you.
Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. Psalm 86:11 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, give me an undivided heart.
A word received: Look to me for help when you are discouraged.
St. Ann's Amsterdam Prayer Table Report -- (Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, 10-11 a.m. on the lawn in front of our church on Division Street. James Bryant and Deacon Alan presiding at His table on this muggy, humid morning.) --- PRAYER CONCERNS:
Please join us in praying for CONSUELA, a woman who has seen remarkable healing as she has battled a serious illness for two years now. She frequently comes for Holy Oil and a prayer with her caregiver BELINDA, who also asked for prayer. (She said to Deacon Alan holding the oil stock, "Give ME some of that, too, please!")...l
We prayed a blessing for baby MIA, and a minute or so later another young mother brought two young boys to us for a similar blessing.
We prayed that both DANTE and HAYDEN would come to know and love the Lord. ...
ANGELO, a frequent visitor to the table and also to our monthly Community Meals, came specifically for prayer. This man has been coming to the table for food and clothing for quite awhile, but only in the last half-year or so has begun to trust the prayer aspect. He is a prime example for us to remember to never give up on praying for people, because sometimes it takes awhile to gain their trust and that we don't want or expect anything from them in return.
SCENES -- There were only about 20-25 people today, due to the fact that the weekly meal at the Masonic Temple is not in operation at present. This is because a person drove their car into the right side of the building and caved in the wall there. ... Despite the lesser numbers of people, we still gave out a great deal of clothing and ALL the non-perishable food we offer. Both the clothing and food are free. ...
Please keep ETHEL in your prayers. She is the older woman who walks all over the city delivering food items to family and friends. She is having a lot of hip pain, making it hard for her to walk.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
2016 09 21
Holy Spirit, help me confront temptation as Jesus did: by living in your word.
Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. Luke 4:13 (NKJV)
Jesus, show me how to confront temptation in the "opportune times" when I am vulnerable.
And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Acts 19:6 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me speak and pray according to your mind.
But when some were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he departed from them and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. Acts 19:9 (NKJV)
Father, help us recognize when it is time to withdraw in the face of willful unbelief.
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. Psalm 91:3-4 (NKJV)
LORD, you are my shield of faith.
In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:12 (NKJV)
LORD, bear me up in your hands.
With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation." Psalm 91:16 (NKJV)
Jesus, show me your salvation, and help me show others.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest On the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity. Psalm 125:3 (NKJV)
LORD, bring us to your righteousness so that the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on us. Guide us in voting in November.
A word received: You have nothing to give except what you have received from me.