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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

2017 07 25

I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Matthew 25:36 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me visit those who are sick or in need of companionship.

Also He said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? Mark 4:21 (NKJV)
     Father, don't ever let me be embarrassed about sharing the gospel, about telling what you have done for me through your son Jesus.

Then He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. Mark 4:24 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me be more disciplined in what I hear and what I speak.

And He said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come." Mark 4:26-29 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help me scatter the seed of your word. I leave the growing to you.

But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out and saying, "Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them, Acts 14:14-15 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me turn away from all useless things to you, the living God.

Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:4-5 (NKJV)
     LORD, I know that you have joy to come for me. I may weep now, but I trust you for joy in the future.

Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper! Psalm 30:10 (NKJV)
     LORD, be my helper! Thank you.

A word received: I Am. I Am with you through the storm. Listen for my "Peace, be still!"

Albany Intercessor

Monday, July 24, 2017

 

2017 07 24

And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Mark 4:4 (NKJV)
     Lord, so much of what I have sown has been consumed by the events of life; I give it all to you.

Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. Mark 4:5-6 (NKJV)
     Lord, there is so much stony ground in my life. Please grant me more soil to receive your word.

And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. Mark 4:7 (NKJV)
     Lord, the sins of my past continue to rise up and choke me; have mercy on me and weed them out.

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)
     Lord, only you can make the soil of my heart fertile; flood me with your living water so that I may produce a crop for your kingdom.

And He said to them, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Mark 4:9 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, give me ears to hear you.

And He said to them, "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, Mark 4:11 (NKJV)
     Father, bring those outside in to your kingdom.

Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. Acts 13:43 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me encourage others to continue in the grace of God.

For so the Lord has commanded us: 'I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.' " Acts 13:47 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help me be a light to those outside the church.

You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10 (NKJV)
     LORD, help me love what you love and hate what you hate.

A word received: You are in my hand; don't be afraid.

Albany Intercessor

Sunday, July 23, 2017

 

2017 07 23

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Matthew 25:14-15 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me recognize and use the talents you have given to me for the kingdom of God.

But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. Matthew 25:18 (NKJV)
     Jesus, if I have buried any talents you have given to me, help me repent of that.

And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' Matthew 25:30 (NKJV)
     Father, the Day of Judgment is coming for the unprofitable parts of the church; have mercy on us.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! "For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?" Romans 11:33-34 (NKJV)
     Father, please help me repent of trying to give you my advice and instead let me wait for yours.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, renew and transform my mind so that I may be acceptable to you.

Then Jonathan, Saul's son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God. 1 Samuel 23:16 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help us strengthen one another as Jonathan did with David.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; Psalm 19:7a (NKJV)
     Convert my soul.

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; Psalm 19:7b (NKJV)
     Make me wise.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; Psalm 19:8a (NKJV)
     Bring joy to my heart.

The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; Psalm 19:8b (NKJV)
     Be light for my eyes.

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)
     Amen.

A word received: I love you. Keep turning to me and I will give you rest for your soul.

Albany Intercessor

Saturday, July 22, 2017

 

2017 07 22

(Blessing adapted from the Anglican Christian community in Ceylon, Pakistan, and India:)
     May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, who is mightier than all the hosts of Satan, and more glorious than all the angels of heaven, abide with us in our going out and our coming in; by day and by night; at morning and at evening; at all times and in all places.
     May the Name of Jesus, the Son of God, protect and deliver us from the wrath of evil persons; from the assaults of evil spirits; from foes invisible; from the snares of the Evil One; and from all low passions that beguile the soul and body.
     May the Name of Jesus protect and deliver us.
     And the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with us this day and always. Amen.

And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebub," and, "By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons." So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: "How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mark 3:22-25 (NKJV)
     Lord, your church has become a house divided against itself -- have mercy on us.

"Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation" Mark 3:28-29 (NKJV)
     Jesus, much of your church hardly knows the Holy Spirit exists, let alone speaks evil of him.

And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You." But He answered them, saying, "Who is My mother, or My brothers?" 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 3:32-35 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for making me part of your family.

Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent. Acts 13:26 (NKJV)
     Father, thank you for making me a child of Abraham by faith and one who fears you. Thank you for the word of salvation which was spoken to me; help me speak it to others.

He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. Acts 13:31 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help me to be a faithful witness to what I have seen you do.

But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul. Acts 13:45 (NKJV)
     Father, please help the churches repent of their jealousy towards one another.

These all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season. Psalm 104:27 (NKJV)
     Thank you, Father, for this day's bread.

A word received: You are in my care; care for others.

Albany Intercessor

Friday, July 21, 2017

 

2017 07 21

How easy it is
for me to live with you, Lord.
How easy it is to believe in you
when my mind reels from not understanding,
or when my mind weakens--
when the most intelligent people cannot think
beyond the evening and do not know
what must be done tomorrow.
You convey to me the
lucid assurance that you exist,
that you will see to it that not all paths
toward good will be closed.
At the peak of earthly renown
I look back with amazement at
that road which by no stretch of the imagination
I could have devised--
A remarkable road through despair
which has led me here
where I too have been able
to send mankind
reflections of your rays--
As for what I
won't have time or ability for--
This means that you have
reserved it for others.
     Prayer
     Alexander Solzhenitsyn

But Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed Him, and from Judea Mark 3:7 (NKJV)
     Lord, a great multitude is following you; help us be a faithful part of that multitude.

Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: Mark 3:14-15 (NKJV)
     Jesus, raise up more apostolic witnesses in our day.

And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. Acts 13:21 (NKJV)
     Saul looked like a king but his heart wasn't in it.

And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.' Acts 13:22 (NKJV)
     Father, I pray that you will find in us, men and women, people after your own heart who will do all your will.

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2 (NKJV)
     Have mercy on us, LORD.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight-- That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. Psalm 51:3-4 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us acknowledge our transgressions.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Psalm 51:5-6 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, bring me to inward truth.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:10-11 (NKJV)
     LORD, please accomplish this in me.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart-- These, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17 (NKJV)
     Jesus, give me a broken and contrite heart. Thank you for being broken for me on the cross.

A word received: Let me lead you by the hand, step by step.

Albany Intercessor

Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, July 20, 2017, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.. Chuck Rinaldo from Christ Church Schenectady and Torre Bissell from St. Ann's Amsterdam and Bellevue 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

Charlie (Volunteer) -- For back pain.

Tony (Volunteer) -- For back pain. He has been participating in the City Mission program of Chess in the City where chess boards are set up in front of Proctors Theater on State Street Tuesdays 11:00-1:00.

+ Glenn (Resident) -- For the Father's will to be done here.

Chuck (Volunteer) -- We prayed for a nephew who is getting married.

Luz (woman) -- We prayed for her husband Hediberto, her son and her grandson.

+ Hediberto -- He asked prayer for his daughter, his two sisters and for himself.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

 

2017 07 20

Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain. And the Pharisees said to Him, "Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?" But He said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat, except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?" And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." Mark 2:23-28 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us move beyond condemning others to rejoicing in your work in their lives. Jesus, you are Lord of the Sabbath; be Lord of my life.

And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, "Step forward." Then He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him. Mark 3:1-6 (NKJV)
     Jesus, we grieve you with our hardened hearts. Have mercy on us and help us repent of this.

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. Acts 13:2-3 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us recognize those you have set apart for ministry and lay hands on them and send them forth.

Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. Psalm 16:1 (NKJV)
     I trust in you LORD to preserve me.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. Psalm 16:9 (NKJV)
     Jesus, keep me steady in you.

A word received: Look to me for help in the storm.

Albany Intercessor

PT Report/Jail Report from St. Ann's Amsterdam
     From Deacon Alan -- This is another informal, encouraging note to inform you all that the ministries of the weekly Monday morning prayer table on the lawn in front of our church and the evening reserved sacrament services for the inmates at Montgomery County Correctional Facility went extremely well for the second straight week this past Monday, July 17. Approximately 30 persons came to the prayer table for the anointing and prayers we offer as well as for the free food and clothing. Thank you for the donations that were brought in by parishioners. James Bryant was very busy carefully making sure all of our visiting neighbors received a fair share of the food. We also had quite a few people come for prayer, including JOHN (recent operation on his brain) who came for prayers of thanksgiving for the healing he has gone through and for courage for another upcoming surgery on one of his knees. Please also join us in praying for ALBERT AND TINA, a young couple asking for the Lord to bless and strengthen their relationship. I also noticed a definite recurring "theme" of prayer needs in our midst, which I feel I should mention to you. Many middle-aged and older women (no names) came for anointing with Holy Oil and prayer for protection and safety. There seems to be a high number of women who do not feel safe, and they are afraid of dangers around them. Please pray for these women that the Lord will take their fears and anxieties and replace that with the love, hope and faith which comes only from Him.      Also, I am equally if not more elated to tell you that the services at the jail were well-attended and enthusiastically received. This time, Deacon MaryCarol and lay volunteer Gayle Campbell and myself did the Service From the Reserved Sacrament at three men's pods and the one women's pod. Altogether, we had 13 men and two women hear the Word of the Lord and all received communion. This was the first time in three visits that we were blessed to have any women attend, so we were most pleased that these two ladies came this time.      I ask your prayers for the continued success of these two very vital ministries. We must continue to try to help those around us who are ill, hungry, thirsty, lonely or in prison. It is what Christ has asked us to do in His name. Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:40, "And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' " (By the way, this does not mean I think any of our neighbors or inmates we minister to are at all "the least." Far from it. Certainly many of the people I've mentioned may get into heaven ahead of Me! God bless you all and please continue to pray for these Monday ministries. God is blessing US all just as He is blessing the people we minister to.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

 

2017 07 19

Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them. Mark 2:13 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help us come to you for your teaching.

As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him. Mark 2:14 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us hear Jesus' "Follow me," and then do it.

Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi's house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, "How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?" Mark 2:15 (NKJV)
     Thank you, Jesus, for coming into my home and dining with me.

No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. Mark 2:21 (NKJV)
     Lord, the fabric of your church is being torn asunder by false teaching and denial of your word.

Now Herod had been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; but they came to him with one accord, and having made Blastus the king's personal aide their friend, they asked for peace, because their country was supplied with food by the king's country. So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, "The voice of a god and not of a man!" Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. But the word of God grew and multiplied. Acts 12:20-24 (NKJV)
     Father, teach our rulers true humility.

Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul. 1 Samuel 20:17 (NKJV)
     Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thank you for the love and companionship you gave David and Jonathan. Help us all know such love and companionship in our lives. Thank you.

A word received: I Am your counselor; turn to me for help and guidance.

Albany Intercessor

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