Sunday, March 17, 2019
2019 03 17
And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother." Mark 3:34-35 (NKJV)
Let our home life be filled with the joy of doing your will Father.
But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." Mark 4:8 (NKJV)
Jesus, let the seeds I sow fall on good soil.
each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. 1 Corinthians 3:13 (NKJV)
Jesus, purify my work with the fire of your Holy Spirit.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; 1 Corinthians 3:19 (NKJV)
Jesus, set your church free from the folly of worldly wisdom.
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young-- even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they will still be praising You. Psalm 84:3-4 (NKJV)
Father, please help me find shelter by your altar.
A Word Received: Rest in me; find your rest in my arms.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
2019 03 16
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. John 4:9 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me to reach out to the lost and the least and the rejected among us.
Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." John 4:9 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us know the gift of God and receive living water to drink.
Jesus, it doesn't matter how much water flows over us if we don't open our mouths to drink of it.
but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:9 (NKJV)
Jesus, let your fountain spring up in my heart.
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. John 4:9 (NKJV)
Father, please help us worship you in spirit and truth.
Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. John 4:9 (NKJV)
Father, help us do the work you have set aside for us so that we may feed on this food.
Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! John 4:9 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, give us eyes to see the harvest fields that are all around us and go into them.
A Word Received: Pray that you will recognize and use the opportunities I give you.
CITY MISSION PRAYER TABLE, Torre Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo, March 14, 2019
+ received cross
P – Promises
1. Dan wants his future to be directed and placed in Jesus' hand rather than his own will.
2. Ray is under attack. We pray he cry out to Jesus for his protection from the evil one. We pray for the glory of God the Father to walk with him daily. We pray that he has assurance of being a child of God and that he can claim God as ABBA Father and cry, 'Dad come help me' when he is feeling stressed.
3. Jordan – We give thanks to the Lord for Jordan's gift of being a joy to those who enter the doors of the Mission, and his way of bringing joy, encouragement and enthusiasm to the volunteers. We continue to pray and thank God for Jordan's strength and example.
4. Robert is currently a resident at the Mission in the second level program “Rebuilt” and desires to advance to the “Bridges to Freedom” level. We pray for his success in the program and that God touch his heart to acknowledge his dependence and trust in the Lord's promises and provision. He also asked for prayer for resolution of relational differences between him and his wife. He asked for prayer to find an apartment once out of the program.
5. Donna asked for prayer for her father's state of mind and for relief of pain. He is scheduled for a hip replacement and is fearful. We pray that God's peace and assurance fill him. Donna also asked for prayer to find a safe place to live; for finances to cover her studies; for successful completion of the course; for mental health protection; for freedom of her dependency on nicotine gum and finally for her future in finding a Godly husband and future family. We do lift all these up to the Lord.
6. Wendy asked for prayer to find a new apartment, one that is safe and will feel like home.
7. Gayle asked for prayer for her to find an apartment, one that she can call her own and not have to share. She also asked for prayer for the finances to pay for the apartment.
8. ++ Carlos – We gave thanks to the Lord for Carlos' willingness to witness for Jesus, and we pray for God's continued blessings on him; that living waters fill him to reach others.
9. P+ Tom asked for prayer to become more grateful for all his blessings. We pray he internalize the fact that he is a child of God and that he can cry out to “ABBA” Father (DAD) to help him.
10. ++ Mary Ann asked for prayer to strengthen her faith. We prayed the Armor of God to protect her, help her to stand strong with a sound mind focused on Jesus to empower her to make sound decisions about finances so she can remain on budget.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
2019 03 14
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)
Father, please help us respond to your love for us by loving you.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17 (NKJV)
Jesus, thank you for your saving help for us.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us to believe in the saving work of God the Father and God the Son.
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19 (NKJV)
"Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105 When I was a lay missionary teacher with the Order of the Holy Cross (a monastic order of the Episcopal Church) in Bolahun, Liberia (1962-1963) there were times when I traveled at night using what was called a "bush lantern" (probably what we would call a Hurricane Lantern). Those walking trips through the jungle and the verse above from Psalm 119 have become for me a model of the Christian life. The lantern didn't give off much light, but it did give enough to show me the next step or two. Since I carried it by its wire handle, the lantern was down low next to my feet. Because the lantern was low, any bushes or grass beside the path would throw up large, frightening shadows which I would see if I took my eyes off the light at my feet. Sometimes as I approached a village, I would see the cooking fires in the distance. Their light was a reassurance that I was heading in the right direction, but was useless for seeing where to place the next step. For that I still had to rely on the light from my lantern – going a step at a time. Jesus, I want to walk as a child of the light, please help me to clearly see the next step you want me to take. Thank you.
For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. John 3:20 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us love and walk in your light.
But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." John 3:21 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help me do the truth that is in you.
A Word Received: Let my light shine in your heart. Let me drive the darkness away from you.
Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility Jail Report, St. Ann's Amsterdam, March 11, 2019
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Here's our weekly report on the Monday neighborhood ministries in which we engage -- the morning Prayer Table at our church and the evening Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. These latest events of Monday, March 11, as always showed us clearly that God is working in our very midst.
Prayer Table -- We were starting to get discouraged at first, because only five Spanish-speaking women showed up for the first half hour or so of the table, and none of them asked for prayer. They just sought some of the free, clean clothing we offer and they also asked for some canned goods to help them get through the next few days. We were glad to oblige. But just when we were thinking of closing up shop for the day, two different men in need came in about 15 minutes apart and were needing food because they literally had nothing to eat for the next few days. We were able to help both of them with soups, stews, mac and cheese boxes, beans, rice, etc. They were extremely grateful. We prayed for the second man, who is struggling to get back on his feet. The Lord knows the details.
MCCF -- Numbers were down a bit from usual at the correctional facility, even though at the moment there are about twice as many inmates there as there were a couple of months ago. We had 12 men come to the three men's pod services, and six women attended the one service in the ladies' pod. However, attendance does not tell the whole story. The people who came were attentive and active participants, and this week they had a lot of questions and a lot of opinions. We can tell that they are interacting with bible study, bible conversations, etc., during the week when we are not there. It is obvious. One man was struck by the phrase in Paul's letter to the Romans, "No one who believes in Him will be put to shame." The man said, "I believe that!" One woman asked of the Luke gospel account of Jesus' temptations from the devil in the desert, "How could Jesus go 40 days without eating like that? That's impossible." Deacon MaryCarol pointed out to the women that Satan is the King of Liars, and that he had absolutely no power to promise Jesus any of the things he tempted him with. One man asked for a few minutes of counsel after the service in his pod, and he said "My mother raised me as a Catholic, but my grandmother is a Christian. What's the difference between a Catholic and a Christian?" (Note: That one took more than a "few minutes" to dissect and explain!) Another man asked during his service, "Why does the devil keep saying 'If you are the son of God ...?' Doesn't he know who Jesus is?" We told him, oh, you bet he does!
Please pray for these inmates who asked for your intercessory prayers for themselves and the loved ones noted: Ray (and family), Danny, Anthony (Catherine), Austin, Man (name withheld; two daughters, girlfriend), Eli, Dupree (and family), Israel (and Triniti), Diane (and Katie, Rianna), Kylie, Woman (name withheld; Richard, Jadelyn.)
Please continue your wonderful prayers in support of these ministries. God bless you!
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
2019 03 13
Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 (NKJV)
Jesus, bring your people to new birth by your Holy Spirit.
Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' John 3:5-7 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, bring us to new birth throughout this diocese.
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." John 3:8 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me go where your holy wind moves me.
Nicodemus answered and said to Him, "How can these things be?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? John 3:9-10 (NKJV)
Father, so many teachers are ignorant of the new life in your Spirit.
Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; Hebrews 3:12 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us beware of those who have departed from the faith once for all given to the saints.
And I looked, and behold, you had sinned against the LORD your God--had made for yourselves a molded calf! You had turned aside quickly from the way which the LORD had commanded you. Then I took the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes. Deuteronomy 9:16-17 (NKJV)
LORD, what would Moses do with the apostasy of the church as it blesses what you have not blessed.
For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with You. Psalm 5:4 (NKJV)
Father, you take no pleasure in our wickedness; bring us to new life in your Holy Spirit. Thank you.
A Word Received: Wait on me and see what I will bless.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
2019 03 12
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 (NKJV)
LORD, help me bless and praise you at all times.
My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Psalm 34:2 (NKJV)
Jesus, bless the humble with hearing your word.
Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:3 (NKJV)
Father, help me bring honor to your name.
I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, set me free from my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. Psalm 34:5 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me never be ashamed to confess you before others.
This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. Psalm 34:6 (NKJV)
LORD, help the poor in this land.
The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Psalm 34:7 (NKJV)
Father, send your angels to do battle for us.
A Word Received: I Am with you when you cry out to me.
Monday, March 11, 2019
2019 03 11
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. John 2:1-2 (NKJV)
Jesus, I pray that you will be invited into the marriages in this diocese.
His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it." John 2:5 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us follow Mary's advice to do whatever Jesus tells us to do.
And he said to him, "Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!" John 2:10 (NKJV)
Jesus, I know that you have more and better for us in the future.
"Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers. Deuteronomy 8:1 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us obey your commandments so that we can multiply.
So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:3 (NKJV)
Father, help us live by your word.
Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. Psalm 119:73 (NKJV)
LORD, please give us understanding so that we may learn and keep your commands.
A Word Received: Wait on me. My timing is perfect.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
2019 03 10
Holy Spirit, help us seek out what Jesus has for us.
But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days. Mark 2:20 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, restore fasting to the life of your church.
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins." Mark 2:22 (NKJV)
Jesus, please create new wineskins for your Spirit.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." 1 Corinthians 1:18-19 (NKJV)
Father, help us seek out your wisdom rather than man's wisdom.
"I believe in order to understand." St. Augustine
But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the LORD. Jeremiah 9:24 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me know and understand you.
How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:1-2 (NKJV)
LORD, I long to be where you are.
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young -- even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they will still be praising You. Psalm 84:3-4 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help your little ones find a resting place by your altars.
A Word Received: Keep crying out to me for my little ones -- the lost and the least.