Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2019 01 16

Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. Mark 1:29-31 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please come into our homes and heal the sick.

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. Mark 1:35 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me have solitary times in prayer with the Father.

But He said to them, "Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth." Mark 1:38 (NKJV)
     Jesus, come and preach in all our churches and parishes.

Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, "If You are willing, You can make me clean." Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed." As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. Mark 1:40-42 (NKJV)
     Lord, stretch out your hand to me and make me clean.

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, Ephesians 2:1 (NKJV)
     Lord Jesus, bring to life those who are dead in trespasses and sins in our day.

among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. Ephesians 2:3 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, cleanse my mind.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
     Father, thank you for your gift of grace. I have nothing to boast of except what you have done in me and given me.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
     LORD, strengthen me and hold me up.

For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.' Isaiah 41:13 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help me hear your words of comfort.

Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance. Psalm 89:15 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me walk in that joyful sound.

A Word Received: Let go of all of the chaff in your life -- rejoice in my threshing.

Albany Intercessor

PT/MC Jail Report, St Ann's Amsterday, January 14, 2019
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Just reporting in on the weekly neighborhood ministries of Prayer Table and Services from the Reserved Sacrament at MCCF this Monday (January 14.) Please continue your intercessory prayers for these ministries so vital to the people we are asked to bring to Christ.
     Prayer Table -- Very low turnout of only 3 persons came to the indoor (Parish Hall) table this time. That matches our lowest attendance total ever, and that was the very first table back on July 9, 2012. It was very, very cold (10 degrees at 9 o'clock) so that meant very little people were out and about, especially walking. One woman came actually to give us something to give to fellow neighbors, not to receive anything. Another woman who is a regular asked if we had any "cold weather bottoms" to give out, and we found her a pair of corduroy pants which fit her. And a man from the apartment building next door said he is going through a rough patch and asked for some food and paper goods. We fixed him up with some canned goods and pasta and some paper goods to get through the next few days until he gets his check later this week. No one wanted anointing or prayer. I feel bad about that, because that is the main reason we are out there.
     MCCF -- Not as many inmates came as last week when we had a record 43 people attend, but a healthy total of 32 men and 5 women come to the four pod services. There was a real theme of inmates praying for each other and asking for justice and freedom for everyone, as there appears to be a lot of inmates having court dates this week. Please pray for them. Our services were lively with inmates volunteering to read the readings, and we had good conversations to follow. One poignant note came from a man who has been a volunteer fireman and fire warden in the county before his arrest early last year. He was struck by the Isaiah reading "... when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you." He said, " I know I am in jail, but I can't despair. I know God has protected me all my life when I have been to hundreds of fires and in water rescues in the Mohawk River I was there when the Thruway bridge collapsed 30 years or so ago." We all sat in awe as we heard his story and how grateful he is to have been protected all his life. Another man was moved by the line in Luke's gospel of John the Baptist warning the listeners that the Messiah is coming and he will "... gather the wheat into his granary, and the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." The young man said, "He's talking about Jesus will send some people to Heaven and others to Hell, isn't he?" It really hit home with us all.
     Please pray for these inmates and their noted family members and friends. Daniel (daughter Maria), Danny (my 5 kids back home), Bob (daughters and girlfriend), Eric (family), Charles (and all fellow inmates, male and female), Shawn (family), Richard, Nathaniel (and family), Israel (and Triniti and Flora), Depree (and family), Joanne.

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