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Friday, August 04, 2017

 

2017 08 04

And she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs." Mark 7:28 (NKJV)
     Lord Jesus, I will take whatever crumbs fall from your table.

Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue. Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. Mark 7:32-35 (NKJV)
     Lord, open our ears to your word and gree our tongues to speak your word.

Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, Acts 17:2 (NKJV)
"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me reason with others about the truth of the gospel.

But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Acts 17:6 (NKJV)
     Father, help my actions and words bring such an accusation against me: that I have turned the world upside down for Jesus.

These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Acts 17:11 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, give us all a heart to search the Scriptures daily.

Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the LORD said to you, 'You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel.' " 2 Samuel 5:2 (NKJV)
     Father, raise up shepherds after your own heart to lead your people now.

Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David). 2 Samuel 5:7 (NKJV)
     LORD, take the strongholds of Albany and Washington that they become your cities.

Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. Psalm 6:8-9 (NKJV)
     LORD, thank you for hearing me.

A Word Received: I Am holding you up. I will not let go of you.

Albany Intercessor

PT/Jail Report, St. Ann's Church Amsterdam
FROM DEACON ALAN -- Just a note to let you all know that yet another great morning/evening of neighborhood ministry went well this past Monday, July 31. James Bryant and I had about 25-30 persons come to the prayer table for prayer, food and clothing. Many thanks to Gloria Ray and Mother Nancy for their recent, generous donations. James and I do want to encourage you to donate paper goods (toilet tissue, paper towels) as well as non-perishable food items, if you would. These are items that cannot be purchased with food stamps and our neighbors are in great need of them.

PRAYER CONCERNS -- Please pray for DARCY's brother JOSE, who she said for the second straight week is "very sick." Darcy has been caring for her brother's two sons while he has been a resident patient at Pathways Rehab Center in Niskayuna the past two years or so.

JOHN, survivor of a serious brain operation early last month (he says he was given Last Rites by a Catholic priest one night), came again for more anointing of Holy Oil before prayers for healing. John insisted last week that when I anointed him back on July 17, the pain he was having in his head went away. It's tempting for us to say that simply being anointed with the outward sacramental sign of oil cannot heal a person, but ... who are we to say what Jesus can and cannot do? If God wants to heal with oil, He's going to do it!

Also please pray for MADEA, who came for a personal, private issue. God knows the details.

Now ... the jail services at Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Deacon MaryCarol, Anne DeGroff and myself ministered to six men from three separate pods and two women in the female pod. Number-wise , this is down from the four previous weeks we have been there, but numbers are not nearly as important as the attention and participation of the inmates who attend, and that has been intense. Lives are being changed. People there are hungry for the love and hope that the word of Christ gives them. All of them seem eager for a second chance and are grateful that St. Ann's cares about them enough to come and visit them. We also prayed individually this time for all eight adults and anointed them with Holy Oil. We also prayed for a minor who is there, a young man named Jesus (pronounced Hey-ZOOS.)

We ask your continued intercessory prayers for these vital ministries.

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