Sunday, December 18, 2016
2016 12 18 Sunday
Note: Starting this week I will be visiting my brother in Connecticut, our son in California and our daughter in the Philippines until the end of January and will be off-line.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 (NKJV)
Father, please help us to be found with your life in us through your Holy Spirit - the life of Jesus.
But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:20 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us receive and accept all those who have found new faith through your Holy Spirit.
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)
Jesus, save your people from their sins. Be the conviction of your Holy Spirit, help us all recognize our need for your saving work in our lives.
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, Romans 1:1-2 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, separate us to the gospel of God which you have promised through your word.
Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, Romans 1:5 (NKJV)
Jesus, bring us to the obedience of faith and send us forth into our community and to the nations.
Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, "Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above." But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!" Then he said, "Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Isaiah 7:10-13 (NKJV)
LORD, have mercy on us when we weary you by refusing to do what you ask of us. Bring us to repentance.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (NKJV)
Emmanuel, come among us with your power.
Restore us, O God; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved! Psalm 80:3 (NKJV)
Restore us, O God of hosts; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved! Psalm 80:7 (NKJV)
A word received: Look to me for my light to shine forth in you this Christmas.
Friday, December 16, 2016
2016 12 16 Friday
Holy Spirit, please give me ears to hear.
These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. 2 Peter 2:17-19 (NKJV)
Jesus, preserve me from such dry wells. Let your living water flood my soul.
You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her, yes, the set time, has come. Psalm 102:13 (NKJV)
Jesus, come now with your favor on your people.
He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer. Psalm 102:17 (NKJV)
Father, hear the prayers of the destitute.
The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You." Psalm 102:28 (NKJV)
Jesus, establish my children and theirs before you.
A word received: Rest in my arms; I will carry you and never drop you.
Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, December 16, 2016, 4:30 - 6:00 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
Ted (volunteer) -- Pray for continued recovery of strength.
Tyara (Resident) -- She asked prayer for her children and for provision.
+ Dabid (Resident) -- He had passed on the cross he had received last week and wanted another to give away.
+ Mike (Resident) -- We prayed that he would be a positive influence on the other men.
Dan (Staff) -- "For my girls Summer, Shannon and Julia that they will see Christ in Christmas.
+ Patti (woman) -- She asked prayer for people who have cancer.
+ (deaf man) -- I prayed that he will hear.
+ Shamiqua (man) -- We prayed for sobriety for him.
Carolyn (volunteer) -- She asked prayer for her granddaughter Catherine who says she is gay. We prayed that Catherine would find her identity in Jesus.
Shiraz (man) -- He asked prayer for forgiveness of his sins.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
2016 12 15 Thursday
Jesus, help me respond to you and your kingdom.
Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. Matthew 3:5-6 (NKJV)
Lord, I pray for such a people movement in our day.
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Matthew 3:8-9 (NKJV)
Jesus, I can claim nothing except your cross and blood and resurrection.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matthew 3:11 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, come upon me with your fire.
His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Matthew 3:12 (NKJV)
A word received (11/18/06) Pray for the day of my threshing. Pray that none of the wheat will be lost with the chaff. Pray for my little ones who are being led astray by lies. Pray for my will to be done.
Please burn away all the chaff in our lives and help us bear fruit worthy of repentance.
They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man's voice restrained the madness of the prophet. 2 Peter 2:15-16 (NKJV)
Father, rebuke me whenever I need it and get me back on the right path.
"Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune, which they have prescribed to rob the needy of justice, and to take what is right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless. Isaiah 10:1-2 (NKJV)
LORD, bring our government to repentance for its underfunding the VA hospitals.
For You will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. Psalm 18:28 (NKJV)
Lord Jesus Christ, be my light for the way.
For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. Psalm 18:29 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, with your help I can leap over every wall and barrier before me.
A word received: Look to me. Look to me for guidance and light.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
2016 12 14 Wednesday
Lord, these words are true in our day.
then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. 2 Peter 2:9-10a (NKJV)
Jesus, continue to deliver me out of temptation.
As it is written in the Prophets: "Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You." Mark 1:2 (NKJV)
Thank you, Jesus, for the messengers you sent before me to lead me to you.
And he preached, saying, "There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." Mark 1:7-8 (NKJV)
Jesus, baptize us afresh with your Holy Spirit.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, heal the broken hearted in our day and bind up their wounds.
The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy. Psalm 147:11 (NKJV)
Father, please help me give you pleasure, for I place my hope in your love and mercy.
Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God." Psalm 50:23 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me order my conduct aright so that I may see your salvation.
A word received: Look to me for help in the storm.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
2016 12 13 Tuesday
Lord, so many of your disciples follow you at a distance; help us draw near to you in all circumstances.
But he denied Him, saying, "Woman, I do not know Him." Luke 22:57 (NKJV)
Jesus, forgive us and restore us as you did with Peter when we deny you.
And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." Luke 22:61 (NKJV)
Father, so much that goes on at Christmas is a mockery of your son Jesus; have mercy on us.
"If You are the Christ, tell us." But He said to them, "If I tell you, you will by no means believe. And if I also ask you, you will by no means answer Me or let Me go. Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God." Luke 22:67-69 (NKJV)
Lord, we ask, but don't want to know. Instruct us by your Holy Spirit.
Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease [Greek: Exodus]. 2 Peter 1:15 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, keep reminding me of what I need to know.
knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, move us and help us discern your word to us.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. Isaiah 9:2 (NKJV)
Father, help those who walk in darkness to see the light of Jesus.
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
Jesus, Savior, Son of God, we pray that our government will be upon your shoulders and that you will give counsel to those in authority.
He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works. Psalm 33:15 (NKJV)
LORD, fashion my heart.
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, Psalm 33:18 (NKJV)
LORD, I do hope in your mercy.
A word received: Look to me when your plans fail; mine are certain and you can trust me.
Monday, December 12, 2016
2016 12 12 Monday
Our Father, we pray that we will not be lead into temptation or hard testing.
And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." Luke 22:41-42 (NKJV)
Father, help us join with Jesus in accepting whatever cup you give us.
When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. Then He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation." Luke 22:45-46 (NKJV)
Jesus, your church is asleep -- call it to a life of prayer by your Holy Spirit.
And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, "Permit even this." And He touched his ear and healed him. Luke 22:50-51 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us bring healing, even to those who afflict us.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 2 Peter 1:5-7 (NKJV)
Jesus, lead us through this sequence so that we may with diligence go from faith to godliness and on to love.
Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion. Isaiah 8:18 (NKJV)
LORD, here am I and the children you have given me; help us to be signs of your love.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, Psalm 145:11 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us speak of your kingdom and power.
The LORD upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145:14 (NKJV)
A word received: I have held you up all these years.
Thank you, LORD.
A word received: Look to me when your strength is not sufficient.
NOTES FROM CHURCH ON SUNDAY:
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; Deuteronomy 33:27a (NKJV)
A word received: Give me your burdens; let me carry them.
A word received: Let my Holy Spirit bring the fruit of patience in your life.
A word received: Let me take hold of your life.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; Psalm 23:6a (NKJV)
A word received: I will stand between you and your past.
A word received: Keep me in sight, I will give you vision for the future.
A word received: I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
2016 12 11 Sunday
Lord GOD, help my soul magnify you.
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. Luke 1:47 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me daily rejoice in your saving work.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. Luke 1:48 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for all the blessings I have received from you.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. Luke 1:49 (NKJV)
Jesus, you have carried me and nurtured me and shown me the power and holiness of your name. Thank you.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. Luke 1:50 (NKJV)
LORD, thank you for teaching me to fear you and for your mercy which you have shown my children and theirs.
He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. Luke 1:51 (NKJV)
Jesus, in the many spiritual battles I have faced, it was your strength that carried me through. Thank you.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. Luke 1:52 (NKJV)
Father, thank you that with you there is both justice and mercy.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. Luke 1:53 (NKJV)
Jesus, you have provided for us all these years; thank you.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, Luke 1:54 (NKJV)
Jesus, you have never forgotten me and continue to help me.
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever." Luke 1:55 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, thank you for making me an heir of Abraham by faith in Jesus and the power of his name.
A word received: I long for my people to submit themselves as Mary did.