"There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. Luke 16:19-21 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help us see and respond to the poor and those in need who are all around us.
So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Luke 16:22-23 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us see the cost of our blindness to the needs of the poor.
Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.' Luke 16:24 (NKJV)
Father, even hell the rich man still saw Lazarus as someone to serve him.
But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.' Luke 16:25-26 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please give us eyes to see that great gulf fixed for the spiritually blind.
Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.' Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' Luke 16:27-29 (NKJV)
Father, help us hear what you are saying to us through Moses and the prophets.
And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' " Luke 16:30-31 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us hear your word in the Scriptures and repent. Thank you.
A Word Received: Keep asking for eyes to see those in need all around you.
Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility report, St. Ann's Amsterdam, November 12, 2018
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Just reporting in to all of you prayer warriors that last Monday's (Nov. 12) morning Prayer Table in the Parish Hall of our church and the evening Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility both went well and were blessed by our Lord and Savior -- Jesus Christ. It is a joy to us and our faithful volunteers to see God at work in these two neighborhood ministries. As always, we appreciate the support of all you intercessors, and there are so many of you! Our dear Torre Bissell informs us that friends from as far away as Maine and Texas are reading these reports and sharing in our joy.
Prayer Table -- This was a legal holiday (Veterans Day observance), and a Monday holiday usually means very few neighbors come by. This particular morning was a case in point as only four persons stopped in on a rainy, cold morning. But ... never judge ministry by numbers. Two of the three women who came were able to get winter coats they badly needed for themselves and family members, and a man who stopped in from the apartment building next door also got some footwear and warm sweaters he needed. Finally a woman (LUCY) came strictly for prayer of thanks. She was anointed and we prayed together in thanksgiving for the tremendous healing that has gone on with her in her left leg which required surgery this summer. She could hardly walk after the surgery even with the aid of a walking cane, but she is much better now and doesn't need the cane anymore.
MCCF services -- We deacons and volunteer Anne DeGroff had persons from all three men's pods and the one ladies' pod attend. We had 21 men and seven women come to the services. Lively discussions followed the readings this week. We have in recent months begun to encourage any inmates who wish to read the Old Testament and Epistles or Psalms to do so, and the response has been a wonderful thing to behold. They enjoy readings the bible verses aloud to the rest of us! The psalm mentioned that "the Lord has set the prisoners free," and one male inmate observed that this could be interpreted in many ways. There are among us many people who create their own "prisons and cells" and cannot get out of them or feel like they cannot escape them, yet a person who is literally in a prison can still be free in the Lord. Wow! There was a lengthy discussion concerning how very serious it was to be a widow (with no husband or son) in biblical days trying to survive and not die. Someone else pointed out that God in advance commanded Elijah to go and save that woman (and her son) before it actually happened. Even before Elijah went to the woman and asked her to prepare a meal for him (and herself and her son) even though it was the last oil and food supplies she had, God knew what he was going to do! That is a healthy reminder to all of us that He is in control and is with us through whatever we face in life.
The following inmates asked for your prayers for themselves and indicated loved ones: Christopher (and Nancy), David (and Barbara), Carl (and Melanie, Carol, Mary and Mike), Nicanor (and Alice), Tom (and Heather), Bob (and daughters, girlfriend), Cam (and Alicia), Kaiden, Jaquan, Morgan, Derek (and Augie), Charles, Herberto (and ellana), Kyle (and family), Cara, Joanne, Yadira, Jessica, Melissa, Laura.
CITY MISSION PRAYER TABLE, Torre Bissell and Chuck Rinaldo, November 15, 2018
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1. Fred – Asked for prayer for God's spiritual strength so he can keep going in the program. Lord, we pray You give him your confidence and hope.
2. Ken – Seeking a blessing from the Lord for the apartment he looks to have. Lord help him to see your provision in what he is seeking.
3. Greg – PTL he got a medical report that said he is cancer free. We pray for God to continue cleansing his body and to keep him cancer free.
4. Paul – Pray a blessing on him to stay on the path that God has laid out for him, and that his future apartment will be a safe environment.
5. Dan – Pray for the father of his grandson, Jackson, who is making Dan's daughter's life very difficult. We pray for a softening of his heart and that God will transform him like He transformed Saul into Paul.
6. ++ Jenna and her son Sam are leaving a domestic abuse situation. We pray for protection for her and her son, and for God's provision to help her get the care she and her son needs.
7. Justin - Bless him on his daily walk that he give God the thanks and praise for all that the Lord has done for him. Pray that the charges against him will be dropped and that the court will release him from all charges. Free him from the anxiety he is experiencing.
8. + Rita – She has a very bad cough, so much so that she coughed so hard that she hurt her back. We pray for her health, for God to heal her cough and her back. She also asked for prayer for protection from bad thoughts.
9. Gayle – Pray for all those who are affected by the fires in California.
10. + Alicia – Going through hard times and is presently homeless. We pray for God's protection and comfort. We pray for God's strength to sustain her through her difficult times.
11. Mark – PTL the disability hearing went in his favor.
12. + Terry – She just got a call that her friend, Terran, was just arrested. We pray for his safety and protection. We pray for an advocate to help him.
13. Annie – Also asked for prayer for Terran.