Wednesday, March 22, 2017
2017 03 22
Jesus, please help me walk by your light.
You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. John 8:15-16 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me join in your fellowship with your Father.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me rejoice in my present tribulations and the hope they will produce in me.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
Father, thank you.
Listen! The voice, The cry of the daughter of my people From a far country: "Is not the LORD in Zion? Is not her King in her?" "Why have they provoked Me to anger With their carved images-- With foreign idols?" Jeremiah 8:19 (NKJV)
LORD, I long for your balm -- your healing touch.
Make Your way straight before my face. Psalm 5:8b (NKJV)
Jesus, I hope for your straight path.
A word received: Put your hand in mine.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
2017 03 21 Home again
Jesus, I believe in you; let your living water flow through me to others.
Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" John 7:45-46 (NKJV)
Jesus, you have spoken to my heart like no other.
Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." John 7:47-49 (NKJV)
Jesus, set you church and your people free from rulers who don't believe in you.
(as it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations") in the presence of Him whom he believed--God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, "So shall your descendants be." Romans 4:17-18 (NKJV)
Father, you have caused me to live in hope.
But this is what I commanded them, saying, 'Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.' Jeremiah 7:23 (NKJV)
Father, please help me walk in your ways; guide me by your Holy Spirit.
And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long. Psalm 35:28 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help speak of all that you have done for me.
A word received: I have held you up; I have not dropped you.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report
+--indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199--"199 Promises of God", a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
Al (Staff) -- Got the job this past week that he had applied for.
+ Peter (Resident) -- Traveling to Atlanta, needs a job and ability to reconnect with his family.
+ Ray (Resident) -- "stay calm and sober"
199 + Stephen (young man) -- He recommitted his life to Jesus.
++ Gary (Staff) -- We prayed for his marriage, and Jordan, and he prayed for me.
Tony (volunteer) -- We prayed for his very painful back, and "that God will intervene in his family relationships"
+ (young man)
+ Nathan (young man) -- "for those struggling with mental illness including me."
Bruce (volunteer) -- We prayed for the students from Scotia-Glenville schools that were volunteering to serve at the mission meal.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
2017 03 15
I will be out of circulation for a week or two as I am scheduled to have a hip replacement on Friday, March 17th.
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. John 5:2-4 (NKJV)
Lord, so many of us wait for the moving of the waters; help us meet you there.
Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." John 5:8 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us by the power of your Holy Spirit to rise up and walk.
But Jesus answered them, "My Father has been working until now, and I have been working." John 5:17 (NKJV)
Father, keep on working in my life and the lives of my children and theirs.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; Romans 1:28 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, set us free from a debased mind.
And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15 (NKJV)
LORD, give us shepherds after your own heart.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up. Psalm 5:3 (NKJV)
LORD, help me hear you morning by morning.
A word received: Be at peace; I Am your provider.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
2017 03 14
Holy Spirit, please help me believe Jesus' words to me.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16 (NKJV)
Jesus, forgive me for the times I have been ashamed to speak up when I had the opportunity to do so.
"For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns--broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13 (NKJV)
Father, please help me repent of these two sins.
The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Psalm 34:7 (NKJV)
LORD, encomp around me and set me free from fear.
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 (NKJV)
Father, hear me and deliver me.
A word received: Place your hand in mine; I will lead you.
PRAYER TABLE REPORT -- (St. Ann's of Amsterdam, on the lawn in front of our church on Division Street each Monday, 10 a.m.) -- I am sorry that I have been truant in putting out prayer table reports lately. I've just been involved with a lot of things lately. But please know that we ARE out there every Monday and the people of our neighborhood ARE coming to, usually in great number. The weather has been against us the last few weeks with nasty cold temps and winds, but the people still come for our prayer offerings, free used, clean clothing and free non-perishable food. Deacon Alan, James Bryant and Rebecca Lohmeyer presiding at His table. SOME PRAYER TABLE SCENES -- We have a lot of "regulars" who come every week like clockwork, but we have also noticed lately many people coming for the first time. This is usually because they have heard about us by word of mouth, and sometimes it is because they just arrived in Amsterdam and are not prepared for the cold weather up here. Therefore, your generous donations of all kinds of clothing and shoes and even sheets and towels have been greatly appreciated. ... We have also noticed a growing trend among the people who know us and trust us to take only what they really need and saving the rest for others who are also in need. This is a wonderful sign of Christ working in the midst of want and need as people help each other. PRAYER CONCERNS -- Please pray for ANDREA, who comes every week and is among the first to arrive. Her needs are many and great. (We often have people arrive as early as 9:30 and we let them in the church parish hall to stay warm until we put the clothing and food out. Some have even joined us for Morning Prayer at 9:15.) ... CARMELLA and CECILIA are two women who have been coming to the table in recent weeks. They always head right over for prayer before going for food and clothing. ... A woman (No name) had an unusual prayer request last week. She asked for prayer for her little dog LOKIE, a Chihuahua who is blind. She brought him along. He's 14. (Yes, we certainly DO pray for animals as well as humans!) ... Please keep DARCY in your prayers. She cares for the teenaged sons of her brother JOSE, who is very ill and living at Pathways Rehab in Schenectady -- the home where Deacon MaryCarol celebrates a Protestant service twice each month. ... Finally, THANK YOU for your support of this ministry. Your intercessory prayers and your contributions of food and clothing are much appreciated. In your love and care for our neighbors you are living out the Gospel.
Monday, March 13, 2017
2017 03 13
Jesus, we often marvel at whom you reach out to and touch. Help us rejoice in what you are doing.
Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work." John 4:34 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us also do the Father's will.
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 4:35 (NKJV)
Father, please give me eyes to see the harvest fields and go into them.
"I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors." John 4:38 (NKJV)
Father, bless the labor of those who have gone before us.
To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7 (NKJV)
Lord, help us in our community heed your call to be saints.
A word received: You have confessed your sins to me; accept my forgiveness.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
2017 03 12
Holy Spirit, help us have this larger vision of family life.
"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 my heart and soul be good soil for the seed of your word.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV)
Jesus, cleanse this temple of your Spirit and cast out anything that defiles it.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; and again, "The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile." 1 Corinthians 3:19-20 (NKJV)
Father, please help me seek after your wisdom.
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:4-5 (NKJV)
LORD, thank you for knowing me -- all of me, the good and the bad, and still loving me.
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 in your presence in your courts.
Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they will still be praising You. Psalm 84:4 (NKJV)
Father, help me dwell in your house.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. Psalm 84:10 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help me spend my days in your house.
O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You! Psalm 84:12 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help me daily trust in you.
A word received: I have blessed you with generations. Give thanks for my mercy to you.