Monday, November 30, 2015
2015 11 30
Matthew 21:3-5 (NKJV)
And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.' "
Holy Spirit, help me recognize Jesus when he comes to me.
Matthew 21:9 (NKJV)
Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!"
Father, please help us sing "Hosannas" to Jesus and make joyful melody when he comes among us.
2 Peter 1:5-7 (NKJV)
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.
Lord Jesus, help me to be a disciple who grows into the life of your Spirit with:
Psalm 4:1 (NKJV)
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
Hear my prayer, O God of my righteousness.
Psalm 4:5 (NKJV)
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
Jesus, help me place my trust in you.
Psalm 7:17 (NKJV)
I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
LORD, it is your righteousness that counts, not mine; help me to sing your praises. Thank you.
Word: I will give you songs to sing and place melodies in your heart.
***** Neighborhood Meal Prayer Table, Christ Church, November 29, 2015, Chuck and Theresa Rinaldo
+ received a cross
+ Rianna – Pray for her to do well in school and make more good friends. Pray for her Uncle Joshua and Bo to get along.
+ John – needs God's provision to be able to go back home to Georgia. He is currently working minimum wage and needs something more substantial.
+ Jennifer – Pray for God's provision, peace in the community and for her to have a closer walk with the Lord. Also pray for the woman who left her baby in the trash bin.
+ Kaie – Prayed for Beverly who had a stroke and is in recovery. We asked for healing and quick recovery.
+ Howard – Pray for God to provide a place for him and his family to live.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
2015 11 29
Luke 21:25 (NKJV)
"And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;"
Holy Spirit, help us read the signs of the times.
Luke 21:26 (NKJV)
"men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken."
Jesus, help people beset by fear to turn to you for comfort.
Luke 21:27-28 (NKJV)
"Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!
1 Thessalonians 3:11 (NKJV)
Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you.
Direct my footsteps, Lord, so that I do not falter.
1 Thessalonians 3:13 (NKJV)
so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.
Jesus, establish us blameless before your throne of grace.
Psalm 50:14-15 (NKJV)
14 Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."
LORD, help me make good my vows to you and call upon you in my hour of need.
Word: Look to me in the day of trouble. Look to me for comfort in your sorrow.
Upcoming Healing Service Speaker: Mr. John Iseman. Healing: It's Not Just About Us, Tuesday, December 1, 10:00 a.m., The Healing Center Chapel
John Iseman grew up in Cambridge New York at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He graduated in 2013 from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. Shortly before graduation, John had a near death experience that redirected his life and sent him to participate in the Youth Ministry Internship program at CtK and work at Beaver Cross Camp. John met his wife, Jackie, while working at Beaver Cross in the summer of 2013. He then took over as the Diocesan Youth Ministry Director in September 2014. His interests include hunting, hiking, basketball, football, and reading. John and his wife have been blessed with a five month old daughter named Eliza Grace!
The Healing Service includes Praise and Worship, Scripture and Teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, Anointing, Personal Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation.
A buffet lunch ($11 inc. tax) can be purchased at the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30. All are welcome.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
2015 11 28
Matthew 20:30 (NKJV)
And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!"
O Lord, Son of David, have mercy on the physically blind and the spiritually blind in our generation. Open their eyes that they may see.
1 Peter 4:7-8 (NKJV)
But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."
Holy Spirit, give us watchful prayers and fervent prayers of one another.
Micah 7:18-20 (NKJV)
Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn to our fathers from days of old.
Father, thank you for pardoning our iniquity, for not retaining your righteous anger against us, for having compassion on us, and giving us your truth in the Scriptures and by your Holy Spirit.
Psalm 137:4 (NKJV)
How shall we sing the LORD'S song In a foreign land?
Jesus, how shall we sing your songs in a strange land?
Psalm 144:1 (NKJV)
Blessed be the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle--
LORD, train my hands for the battles ahead.
Psalm 144:15 (NKJV)
Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!
Help me to know and pursue this happiness, LORD God.
Word: Have not fear of old age -- I AM still with you.
2015 11 27
20Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. 21And He said to her, “What do you wish?”She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.”
Holy Spirit, guide us in our prayers for our children and theirs. Help us discern your true will for them.
1 Peter 3:14
14But even if you should suffer for righteousness’sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”
Jesus, do not let fear stop me from following you to the end.
1 Peter 3:18
18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
Jesus, thank you for breaking into my life and pouring out your life-blood for me.
4Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men, Who have purposed to make my steps stumble.
Lord, in these days of violence and terrorism, help us keep our eyes fixed on you. You are our hope and our sure reward.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
2015 11 25
Matthew 19:23-26 (NKJV)
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Lord, help us cease judging by worldly standards and turn to you in humility.
Matthew 19:29-30 (NKJV)
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life."
Jesus, thank you for the blessings you have poured out on me.
1 Peter 2:7 (NKJV)
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,"
Jesus, you are my cornerstone; help me build everything on you.
Psalm 119:147 (NKJV)
I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word.
Lord, to whom else shall I go?
Psalm 119:160 (NKJV)
The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
Holy Spirit, help me accept the entirety of our word.
Word: Let me have your gifts and talents to build up my kingdom.
Healing Center at CtK, Healing Service Guest Preacher - Mr. John Iseman
The preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, December 1st will be Mr. John Iseman, Diocesan Youth Ministry Director. John grew up in Cambridge, New York at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Shortly before graduating from college, John had a near death experience that re-directed his life and led him to participate in the Youth Ministry Internship program at Christ the King and work at Beaver Cross Camp. He then took over as the Diocesan Youth Ministry Director in September 2014. The Healing Service includes praise and worship, Scripture and teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, anointing, Personal Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation. The service begins at 10 a.m. The service is in the Oratory Chapel for the winter. A light lunch is available for purchase ($11 including tax) in the dining room of the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
2015 11 24
Matthew 19:13-15 (NKJV)
Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.
Jesus, please touch the hearts of those parishes that make having a find music performance more important than having children there (with their noise) with these words.
Matthew 19:20-22 (NKJV)
The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Holy Spirit, give me generosity of spirit
1 Peter 1:22-23 (NKJV)
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
Father, purify my soul by your Holy Spirit and your Word made flesh.
1 Peter 1:24-25 (NKJV)
because "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the LORD endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
Jesus, let your word endure in me forever.
Nahum 1:7 (NKJV)
The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.
LORD, you are my stronghold; help me daily put my trust in you.
Psalm 122:6-9 (NKJV)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces." For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, "Peace be within you." Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.
LORD, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Monday, November 23, 2015
2015 11 23
1 Peter 1:1-2 (NKJV)
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
Father, you knew me before I was born.
Jesus, you have washed me by your blood
Holy Spirit, you have made me holy.
Holy Trinity, One God, thank you for your grace and mercy
1 Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV)
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
Jesus, the trials are grievous and the refining is painful, but don't stop now.
Joel 3:14 (NKJV)
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
Holy Spirit, guide the multitudes in the valley of decision to decide for Jesus.
Word: Come with me into the valley of decision. Make the choice to give over your life to me without reservation.
Friday, November 20, 2015
2015 11 20
Matthew 18:10-11 (NKJV)
"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost."
Jesus, there is so much contempt in our society for the poor and marginalized: bring us to repentance as a people and as a nation.
Matthew 18:12-14 (NKJV)
"What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish."
Lord Jesus, I was a wandering sheep and you brought me into the sheepfold. Thank you.
Matthew 18:18 (NKJV)
"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Holy Spirit, please help me loose every resentment and bondage into your care I am holding onto.
Revelation 22:12-13 (NKJV)
"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."
Jesus, my reward is with you; you are my beginning and my end. Thank you that I got to see Jean cross over to you and to victory in you.
Malachi 3:1 (NKJV)
"Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts.
Come soon, Lord Jesus; come soon!
Malachi 3:2-3 (NKJV)
"But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like launderer's soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness.
Father, do whatever it takes to refine and purify me.
Malachi 3:5a (NKJV)
And I will come near you for judgment;
Jesus, you are judge and you are Lord.
Malachi 3:5b (NKJV)
I will be a swift witness against sorcerers,
Jesus, deal with those who practice sorcery and the occult.
Malachi 3:5c (NKJV)
Lord, adultery is honored among us and mariage is not; have mercy on us.
Malachi 3:5d (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, let our "Yea" be yea and our "Nay" be nay: let our word be our bond.
Malachi 3:5e (NKJV)
Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,
Father, bring down those who exploit wage earners, widows and orphans.
Malachi 3:5 (NKJV)
And againstf those who turn away an alien --
Father, let there be just one law for both the native born and the alien in our midst.
Malachi 3:5g (NKJV)
Because they do not fear Me," Says the LORD of hosts.
LORD, bring this nation to a holy fear of you.
Malachi 3:10 (NKJV)
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.
Lord, help us bring our tithes and offerings into the churches so that the poor may be fed.
Psalm 102:1 (NKJV)
A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before the LORD. Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come to You.
Psalm 102:20 (NKJV)
To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to release those appointed to death,
Jesus, you hear the groaning of the prisoner; release those appointed to death.
Psalm 102:28 (NKJV)
The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.
Father, establish our children and their descendants before you. Thank you.
Word: Let my word take root in your heart. Let the good soil of your heart produce a wonderful crop for my kingdom.
St. Ann's Church in Amsterdam, NY is having a Healing Eucharist at 4 pm on Saturday, November 21st.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
2015 11 19
Matthew 18:1-5 (NKJV)
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
Thank you, Jesus, that your measuring stick is not the same as ours. Help me see things from your perspective.
Matthew 18:6-7 (NKJV)
"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!"
Holy Spirit, bring to repentance to those who push pornography and drugs on our youth; and where our youth have been ensnared by these, set them free in Jesus.
Matthew 18:9 (NKJV)
"And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire."
Father, please help us get rid of everything that stands in the way of drawing close to you.
Revelation 22:5 (NKJV)
There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
Lord God, help me to see and live by your light.
Malachi 2:10 (NKJV)
Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another by profaning the covenant of the fathers?
Father, help us all live into this relationship with you and your love.
Psalm 105:1 (NKJV)
Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!
Jesus, I call up your name; please help me make your deeds know among the people.
Psalm 105:3 (NKJV)
Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!
LORD, I seek you; help me rejoice in you.
Psalm 105:17-20 (NKJV)
He sent a man before them-- Joseph--who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free.
LORD, test and purify me by your word as you did Joseph.
Word: Pray for ears that hear and respond to my word to you. The way to freedom is before you: follow me.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
2015 11 18
Matthew 17:26-27 (NKJV)
Peter said to Him, "From strangers." Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you."
Thank you, Jesus, for the years (1976, 1977, and 1999) when you sent the fish so that we could pay our taxes.
Ezekiel 47:5 (NKJV)
Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.
Jesus, give me the courage to take my feet off the bottom and flow in the river of your Spirit.
Malachi 1:6 (NKJV)
"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence? Says the LORD of hosts to you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, 'In what way have we despised Your name?'
Father, help me honor you by my words and deeds and reverence.
Psalm 109:26-27 (NKJV)
Help me, O LORD my God! Oh, save me according to Your mercy, that they may know that this is Your hand -- that You, LORD, have done it!
Thank you, LORD my God, for all that you have done for me.
Word: I AM at you right hand and I hold you up. Keep looking to me when you are afraid.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
2015 11 17
Matthew 17:14-15 (NKJV)
And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.
Jesus, please help me come to you in humility as this man did for all the needs of my family.
Matthew 17:21 (NKJV)
"However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
Holy Spirit, bring us to a life of prayer and fasting in this diocese.
Revelation 21:2 (NKJV)
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Lord, I long to be a part of that New Jerusalem.
Revelation 21:4 (NKJV)
"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
Lord Jesus, wipe away our tears.
Revelation 21:6-7 (NKJV)
And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son."
Jesus, I thirst; help me overcome.
Habakkuk 3:2 (NKJV)
O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.
Father, revive you work among us!
Habakkuk 3:18 (NKJV)
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
LORD, I choose to joy in you, the God of my salvation.
Psalm 97:10 (NKJV)
You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
Father, please help me hate every evil you hate in me. Cast out the evil in my soul.
Psalm 98:8 (NKJV)
Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills be joyful together before the LORD,
LORD, I joy in you.
Psalm 99:8 (NKJV)
You answered them, O LORD our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, Though You took vengeance on their deeds.
Jesus, thank you for forgiving me.
Psalm 100:5 (NKJV)
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
LORD, let your goodness, mercy and truth endure in our generation.
Word: I AM with you in your sorrows and in your joys. Keep looking to me in every situation you find yourself in.
Monday, November 16, 2015
2015 11 16
Matthew 17:5 (NKJV)
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"
Father, please help us by your Holy Spirit to hear what Jesus is saying to us.
Matthew 17:10-13 (NKJV)
And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.
Jesus, thank you for John the Baptist and all those witnesses who were faithful to the death in their testimony about you.
Revelation 20:15 (NKJV)
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Lord, I pray that my name will be written in the Book of Life.
Habakkuk 2:1 (NKJV)
I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected.
Holy Spirit, as I stand watch, please correct me.
Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV)
"Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.
Father, help us to live by faith in Jesus.
Psalm 89:1 (NKJV)
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
Holy Spirit, with my mouth help me to make Jesus' faithfulness known to the next generation. Thank you.
Word: Blow the trumpets in Zion: proclaim my salvation. Let the people rejoice in me. Let them say, "God has done what we could not!"
Sunday, November 15, 2015
2015 11 15
Hebrews 10:16-18 (NKJV)
"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them," then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
LORD, please write you laws on my heart and remember my sins no more.
Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Holy Spirit, help me hold fast to that confession of my hope without wavering.
Hebrews 10:36 (NKJV)
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
Jesus, through the power of your Holy Spirit help me endure to the end so that I may receive the promise that comes from doing the will of God. Thank you.
Psalm 16:8 (NKJV)
I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Jesus, be at my right hand and hold me up.
Word: You are in my hands; don't be afraid.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
2015 11 14
Matthew 16:21 (NKJV)
21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
Holy Spirit, please help me comprehend what Jesus is trying to show me.
Matthew 16:24-25 (NKJV)
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Holy Spirit, give me the strength to deny myself and take up my cross. Help me to give us what I cannot hold onto in order to gain what I cannot lose. ["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.]
Revelation 20:4-6 (NKJV)
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Father, I give you my fears about how I shall die and I choose to live in the hope of the resurrection.
Joel 3:9-11 (NKJV)
9 Proclaim this among the nations: "Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. 10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, 'I am strong.' " 11 Assemble and come, all you nations, and gather together all around. cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O LORD.
Jesus, all my strength is in you. Prepare my heart for the battle ahead.
Joel 3:14 (NKJV)
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
LORD, wake up your church to face the decisions that are before it.
Psalm 87:5 (NKJV)
5 And of Zion it will be said, "This one and that one were born in her; and the Most High Himself shall establish her."
Lord, let it be said of me that I was born again in Zion.
Word: Look to me to establish you in my strength. You cannot do this in your own. Look to me with hope and expectation. I will do what you cannot.
Friday, November 13, 2015
2015 11 13
Matthew 16:15 (NKJV)
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Jesus, you are the one who has rescued me from sin and death and given me new life. Thank you.
Matthew 16:19 (NKJV)
"And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Jesus, help me loose every burden into your care.
Revelation 19:16 (NKJV)
And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Jesus, thank you for being my "KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS". Thank you for being in charge -- help me surrender every care to you, for you care for me.
Joel 2:28-29 (NKJV)
"And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
Holy Spirit, thank you for what you have done in my life.
Word: I AM with you in sorrow and in joy. Keep turning to me no matter how you feel; I will be there with you.
Schenectady City Mission prayer table November 12, 2015
+--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
Ted (volunteer) -- He popped his artificial hip and may need further surgery.
Charles (volunteer) -- That the palsy in his right arm will get better.
Jordan (staff) -- That his cancer treatment will be effective.
Helen (volunteer) -- We gave thanks that things are going well for her.
+ 199 Thompson (man) -- "I've got problems."
Chuck (volunteer) -- He asked for prayer for his sister who has cancer.
Dan (staff) -- He is sore from hauling wood. He asked for prayer for Jordan who sees his oncologist again on Friday and has his second chemo treatment two days before Thanksgiving.
+++++Anthony (staff) -- He prayed for us.
+Scott (man) -- He is thankful for having his nephew living with him now. We prayed that it would go well.
Upcoming Healing Service Speaker -- Pastor David Martin
Pastor Dave is from Hope United Methodist Church, Brunswick, NY Pastor Dave is an Elder in the Upper New York Conference of the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Pastor of Hope United Methodist Church in Troy, NY for 16 years. He has served on CtK prayer team for many years, and is a facilitator of School of Healing prayer. Married to Judy, they have 3 grown children.
Wait on the Lord...Abide in God's Love
Thursday, November 12, 2015
2015 11 12
Matthew 16:1-4 (NKJV)
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red'; and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." And He left them and departed.
Lord, we are a generation that seems unable to read the signs of the times and seeks a sign rather than seeking you. Have mercy on us.
Revelation 19:1 (NKJV)
After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!
Holy Spirit, please help us join in that great throng saying, "Alleluia!" to our God.
Revelation 19:9 (NKJV)
Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!' " And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."
Father, I too want that blessing: being called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!
Joel 2:25 (NKJV)
"So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.
Father, restore to us what the locusts of sin have consumed.
Psalm 23:1 (NKJV)
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Jesus, Son of David, thank you for being my shepherd.
Psalm 23:2 (NKJV)
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
Jesus, thank you for times of rest and refreshment.
Psalm 23:3 (NKJV)
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Father, lead me in your righteous ways.
Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Jesus, thank you for the comfort of your rod and staff gave me in the valley of the shadow of death.
Psalm 23:5 (NKJV)
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Holy Spirit, thank you for your anointing.
Psalm 23:6 (NKJV)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
Jesus, thank you for stepping between me and all my past sins -- for following close behind me.
Psalm 27:1 (NKJV)
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
Thank you, Jesus, for the martyrs who were not afraid and confessed your name, even at the hour of their death.
Word: Come into my presence and rejoice with me. When you rejoice with me, heaven's gates swing open wide and lost souls come into my presence.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
2015 11 11 Remembrance Day
Matthew 15:30 (NKJV)
Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus' feet, and He healed them.
Jesus, help me bring all the wounded places in my life to you for healing.
Matthew 15:36 (NKJV)
And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude.
Holy Spirit, multiply my loaves and fishes so that others may be fed.
Matthew 15:37 (NKJV)
So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left.
Jesus, gather up the fragments of my life so that nothing is lost. Thank you.
Nehemiah 8:3 (NKJV)
Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
Holy Spirit, help us hear your word with understanding and be attentive to your word.
Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
LORD, help me walk by the light of your word.
Psalm 119:107 (NKJV)
I am afflicted very much; revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.
LORD, heal my affliction and sorrow, and revive me.
Psalm 119:120 (NKJV)
My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments.
Luke 18:9-14 (NKJV)
Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Father, give me a heart like that of the tax collector.
Word: I tell you that the tax collector was justified in my sight. Blessed are those who mourn, for the shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4) Pray for hearts that mourn before me for their sins. Pray for hearts like the penitent theif on the cross who in his hour of greatest need turn to me and said, "Remember me when yhou come into your kingdom." (Luke 23:42)
Healing Center at CtK, Healing Service Guest Preacher - Pastor Dave Martin
The preacher at the Service of Healing at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center on Tuesday, November 17th will be Pastor Dave Martin, Pastor of Hope United Methodist Church, Brunswick, NY. Pastor Dave is also an Elder in the Upper New York Conference of the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served on CtK prayer teams for many years, and is a facilitator of the School of Healing Prayer. The Healing Service includes praise and worship, Scripture and teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, anointing, Personal Prayer Ministry and Reconciliation. The service begins at 10 a.m. The service is in the Oratory Chapel for the winter. A light lunch is available for purchase ($11 including tax) in the dining room of the Welcome Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
2015 11 10
Matthew 15:21-28 (NKJV)
Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed." But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
Jesus, I accept whatever crumbs fall from your table. You know my needs -- none better. Please do what is best in your eyes for me.
Psalm 78:2-3 (NKJV)
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
Holy Spirit, help me to be faithful in telling the next generation of your praise and your works.
Psalm 78:5-7 (NKJV)
For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments;
Father, establish Sunday Schools and youth ministries throughout this diocese so that the youth will set their hope in you.
Psalm 78:36-38 (NKJV)
Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, and they lied to Him with their tongue; for their heart was not steadfast with Him, nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, and did not stir up all His wrath;
Jesus, forgive us our iniquity and help us turn back to you with undivided hearts. Thank you.
Word: Look to me, my people, in your hour of need. Look to me for mercy and peace, even in the midst of your sin. I died for you while you were yet sinners.
Monday, November 09, 2015
2015 11 09
Matthew 15:1-9 (NKJV)
Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread." He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.' But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God"-- then he need not honor his father or mother.' Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.' "
Holy Spirit, help us recognize our own hypocrisy and repent of it.
Matthew 15:12-15 (NKJV)
Then His disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch." Then Peter answered and said to Him, "Explain this parable to us."
Jesus, help us cease from fearing to offend when you are leading us.
Nehemiah 9:16-17 (NKJV)
"But they and our fathers acted proudly, hardened their necks, and did not heed Your commandments. They refused to obey, and they were not mindful of Your wonders that You did among them. But they hardened their necks, and in their rebellion they appointed a leader To return to their bondage. But You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness, and did not forsake them.
Father, I fear that the Episcopal Church has appointed a leader to lead us back into bondage, but you are merciful and ready to pardon; do not forsake us.
Psalm 80:1-2 (NKJV)
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth! Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, stir up Your strength, and come and save us!
Come and save us, O Shepherd of Israel.
Psalm 80:8-9 (NKJV)
You have brought a vine out of Egypt; you have cast out the nations, and planted it. You prepared room for it, and caused it to take deep root, and it filled the land.
Jesus, help us take deep root in you in this diocese.
Word: I want you to be gentle gardeners of the young Christian plants I have placed among you. Nourish them and care for them.
Sunday, November 08, 2015
2015 11 08
Mark 12:41-44 (NKJV)
Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."
"Blessed are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3) Jesus, help me know my poverty before you so that I may give in such a way that I enter the riches of heaven.
Hebrews 9:27-28 (NKJV)
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
"I know that my redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19:25-27)
1 Kings 17:13-16 (NKJV)
And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.' " So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.
Father, thank you for the faithfulness of your word to Elijah and to the widow of Zaraphath and to us.
Psalm 146:5 (NKJV)
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Holy Spirit, help me enter into the joy of those who have the God of Jacob for their hope and their help.
Word: I have walked with you all these years. You have never been alone.
Saturday, November 07, 2015
2015 11 07
Matthew 14:22 (NKJV)
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
Jesus, please help me respond immediately when you bid me do something.
Matthew 14:27 (NKJV)
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid."
Holy Spirit, write Jesus' words on my heart and set me free from fear.
Matthew 14:29 (NKJV)
So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
Lord, help me come when you call me.
Revelation 17:14 (NKJV)
These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful."
Jesus, you are the Lamb of God; overcome the evil that surrounds us and be our Lord of lords and King of kings.
Psalm 76:11 (NKJV)
Make vows to the LORD your God, and pay them; Let all who are around Him bring presents to Him who ought to be feared.
LORD our God, help us keep our vows to you.
Word: Speak my word that I give you.
City Mission Prayer Table, Chuck Rinaldo, November 5, 2015
Ted fell and dislocated his hip. Pray for God's leading him to the right orthopedic and for relief of pain.
Jordan – Has lymphoma. Pray for him to tolerate his treatments.
+ Ariel – 4 year old girl asked for a cross to give away.
+ Johnny – Lost his job and asked for God's provision to be able to return home to Alabama.
Chuck – PTL we prayed for him last week and God has been working in his life. Chuck has uncontrollable emotional issues, but he has held on to the cross he was given for his comfort.
Thursday, November 05, 2015
2015 11 05
Matthew 14:7-9 (NKJV)
Therefore he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, "Give me John the Baptist's head here on a platter." And the king was sorry; nevertheless, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he commanded it to be given to her.
Holy Spirit, guide me in the oaths and vows I make so that they accord with your will.
Revelation 14:5 (NKJV)
And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Father, I pray that you will find no deceit in my mouth.
Revelation 14:13 (NKJV)
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' " "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them."
Jesus, thank you that Jean died in you and now rests from her labors.
Ezra 7:10 (NKJV)
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.
Father as you did with Ezra, help me prepare my heart to seek after your ways.
Ezra 7:16 (NKJV)
and whereas all the silver and gold that you may find in all the province of Babylon, along with the freewill offering of the people and the priests, are to be freely offered for the house of their God in Jerusalem--
Lord, help me make a freewill offering for your kingdom puirposes.
Psalm 70:4 (NKJV)
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, "Let God be magnified!"
Jesus, I seek you -- be magnified in my heart.
Psalm 70:5 (NKJV)
But I am poor and needy; Make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.
Lord, I am poor in spirit, come speedily to help and deliver me.
Psalm 71:9 (NKJV)
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.
LORD, be my strength and my refutge.
Word: Keep turning to me in good times and bad. I AM your help and your refuge. Flee into my arms and rest there.
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
2015 11 03
Matthew 13:44-46 (NKJV)
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Father, help me by your Holy Spirit to joyfully give all to gain the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 13:52 (NKJV)
Then He said to them, "Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old."
Jesus, instruct me so that daily I may bring out treasures new and old for others.
Revelation 11:15 (NKJV)
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"
Father, let your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Nehemiah 12:40,43 (NKJV)
So the two thanksgiving choirs stood in the house of God, likewise I and the half of the rulers with me... Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.
LORD, fill our churches with thanksgiving choirs so that young and old may rejoice in you.
Nehemiah 12:44 (NKJV)
And at the same time some were appointed over the rooms of the storehouse for the offerings, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions specified by the Law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who ministered.
Jesus, help me bring in the first fruits of my life to you.
Psalm 61:1-2 (NKJV)
Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Jesus, you are my rock -- lead me to you by your Holy Spirit.
Psalm 62:8 (NKJV)
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
Jesus, I pour out my heart to you. Fill me anew with your Holy Spirit.
Word: Let me be your guide. You will not stumble if you follow me.
Monday, November 02, 2015
2015 11 02
Matthew 13:41-42 (NKJV)
The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Holy Spirit, set us free from lawlessness.
Judges 21:25 (NKJV)
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Jesus, we ask you to be king of our hearts and set us free from the tyranny of self-indulgence.
Matthew 13:43 (NKJV)
Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Jesus, let the righteous among us shine forth to be our light in the darkness.
Psalm 56:10-11 (NKJV)
In God (I will praise His word), in the LORD (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
O God, you are my trust and my hope. I will not fear.
Psalm 58:11 (NKJV)
So that men will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely He is God who judges in the earth."
Jesus, you are my judge and my sure reward.
Word: Welcome me into your home. Let me be master of your household.
Sunday, November 01, 2015
2015 11 01
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Holy Spirit, help us recognize our poverty of spirit.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Thank you, Jesus, for the friends you have given me to mourn with me. I pray for those who mourn alone.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Thank you, Father, for all those who have gone humbly to their deaths to testify to the gospel.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Jesus, please give us such a hunger and thirst for your righteousness that our wills will be transformed.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Jesus, please help us show forth your mercy, even to those who have no mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Holy Spirit, please bring us to purity of heart so that we may see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Holy Spirit, help us bring the peace of Jesus to our communities and neighborhoods.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Father, help us always remember those who are persecuted for righteousness sake.
"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Holy Spirit, give me a will to turn the other cheek.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Jesus, help me rejoice in being numbered in that great company of witnesses who have given the lives to you.
Revelation 7:9-12 (NKJV)
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
An icon depicting the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christian men in Libya in February, 2015. Each of them was given the choice of becoming a Muslim or beheading. The last words on each of their lips were, "Ya Rabbi Yasou," or "My Lord Jesus."