Thursday, June 07, 2018

2018 06 07

Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit at the Diocesan Convention June 8-10 and the General Convention of the Episcopal Church July 5-13 in Austin, Texas.

When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself. But when the multitudes heard it, they followed Him on foot from the cities. Matthew 14:13 (NKJV)
     Father, help us to have time alone with you.

And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." Matthew 14:17 (NKJV)
     Jesus, multiply what we have for the benefit of others.

So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Matthew 14:20 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, there are so many fragments to my life -- gather them up so that none will be lost.

Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. 1 Samuel 12:23 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, renew our life of prayer for each other.

Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Galatians 3:3 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us continue in your Holy Spirit.

"The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. The Lord GOD has opened My ear; Isaiah 50:4-5a (NKJV)
     Father, give me a disciple's tongue. Provide me with speech so that I may know how to reply to the wearied. Each morning wake me to hear, to listen like a disciple. Father, open my ears, I ask in Jesus' name.

So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him? Ecclesiastes 3:22 (NKJV)
     Father, help me rejoice in the life and work you have given me.

Sing aloud to God our strength; make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob. Psalm 81:1 (NKJV)
     God, you are my strength when I am weak.

"Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! Psalm 81:13 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help us hearken to your word to us.

A Word Received: Pray for listening hearts.

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table/Montgomery County Jail Reports, St. Ann's Church, Amsterdam, 6/4/2018
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- This past Monday (June 4) was still another terrific ministry day/evening watching the Lord work in our neighborhood at our Prayer Table and the Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. It is always a joy to be involved in these two of Jesus' ministries and to be able to share these reports with you prayer warriors out there who support us.
     Prayer Table -- The day dawned in a rainy and damp mood, so we held the table activities indoors in the Parish Hall. About 30 people came, including some brand-new visitors along with many regulars who are here every Monday morning. Special thanks to parishioner Don Robertshaw who donated some new and slightly used blankets, sheets, pillows and bedcovers. We are also glad to report that two persons came inside the church sanctuary to pray by themselves during the hour the table was open.
     Montgomery County Correctional Facility -- We had 21 inmates (18 men, three women) attend the services this evening. One of the men's pods did not have anyone choose to come, but one of the other men's pods more than made up for it by having 12 men attend. We were in that pod for an hour and 20 minutes, due in large part to the long and fruitful discussion on the readings of the day. Many of the men (and one of the women in the ladies' pod) shared memories of how as children and teens they had strict rules in their families about what to do and what NOT to do on the Sabbath day. Another young man, who has been reading the Holy Bible more and more and sharing his thoughts with inmates, wanted to know why we should find joy in our toils, setbacks and disappointments. Volunteer Jeff Newell answered that perhaps it is because God knows what we are made of, but He wants each of us to discover for ourselves what we are made of! Excellent response. Another man, a bit older than the young one, recounted how he has had times in his life where he knows God has fed him when he was hungry and healed him when healing seemed impossible. He said he remembers these times because it proves to him that there IS a God who cares, and these events were not just a coincidence. Almost all the people who came to the three services sought to be anointed and prayed for individually.
     Just a little side note: we are coming up on the one-year anniversary (June 19) of when, under Father Neal's direction and authority, our church resumed celebrating these services at MCCF after about a year-and-a-half absence. For some reason, the format we used to follow in past efforts at the facility (every other Thursday afternoon, held in the visiting area) stopped bearing fruit, so we suspended the services for about 18 months. But now that we have been going every Monday evening and visiting each pod individually, the ministry has really taken off! We have seen God at work! We know that the men and women there are hungry for the word, drawing nearer to Christ with each passing visit, and that they are even holding bible discussions among themselves and inviting other inmates to come to the Monday services. And none of this would be happening were it not for the intercessory prayers and support of all of YOU out there. Thank you so much for your support!
     These inmates asked for your prayers for themselves and loved ones back home: Man (name being withheld) for his daughters and his girlfriend, Joe (for himself and daughters Sara and Ayalah), Eric (for himself and family, and Fort Johnson Fire Company members), Mike (for himself and wife, Tricia), Jeremy (and for Mason, Sidney and Lisa), Man, name withheld (for himself and Melissa, Lance and Natalia), Boyd (for girlfriend Alexia, newborn daughter Elle and mother Patricia), Javier, Christopher (and for Tamara and other family members), Daniel (for daughter Maria), Tayshawan (for himself and for Alexis.)

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