The Pharisees came and asked Him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" testing Him. And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?" They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her." And Jesus answered and said to them, "Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." Mark 10:2-9 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, heal the marriages in this diocese. Graft your word, Jesus, into our hearts.
But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." Mark 10:14-15 (NKJV)
Jesus, I pray that every parish will receive with joy the children you bring to them.
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV)
Father, bring forth faithful witnesses among us.
This is a faithful saying: for if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 2 Timothy 2:11-13 (NKJV)
Jesus, write these words on our hearts.
Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. Isaiah 59:1 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help me live in the hope of your saving work in my life.
No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity. Isaiah 59:4 (NKJV)
LORD, speak to our leaders and call them to repentance. Help them heed your words.
So truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him. Isaiah 59:15-16 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, give us your spirit of intercession.
Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance. Psalm 89:15 (NKJV)
Jesus, help me hear that joyful sound and walk in your ways.
A Word Received: Look to me for help in the storm.
Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility Jail Reports, St. Ann's Amsterdam, February 11, 2019
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- So pleased and honored to report in to all you faithful prayer warriors that Monday (Feb. 11) was still another inspiring date of ministry in our neighborhood -- in the morning at the Prayer Table on out front porch entrance, and the evening Services From the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
Prayer Table -- It was clear and not-too-cold morning of right around 30 degrees, so Don Clifford helped set up the table on the porch entrance. (We prefer to be outdoors so we are more visible to passersby.) Truthfully, not many people were out and about on this day, either on foot or driving by. But about 20 people came by and availed themselves of the free used, warm winter clothing we offered on the table. Some neighbors also were in need of some canned and boxed food to get through the next few days, so even though this was not the last Monday of the month (when we set up for a large distribution of non-perishable food and paper goods) we were pleased to be able to help out friends around us who asked for help in this regard. Two women also came for anointing and prayer. EBONY asked for prayer for healing (God knows the details) and another woman (no name given) sought prayer for a private concern.
MCCF -- Numbers have been down in persons attending the three men's services and the service in the one ladies' pod, but the services still have been lively with attentive inmates taking part and giving opinions, asking questions about the readings of the night as well as what they have been reading and studying during the week We had 14 men and 5 women come to services this week. That's about half the attendance we had before the holidays, but many inmates since that time have been released or sent to state facilities.
Interestingly, one man and also one woman both remarked that the Isaiah 6: 1-8, 9-13 reading is very similar to a reading in Revelation with Seraphs calling to each other "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts." We looked it up on the spot to compare, and they are absolutely right. (See Revelation 9:7-9.) Another male inmate remarked that he felt comforted by the Psalm 138 verse 7, "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe." Still another man pointed out the great faith shown by Simon Peter, James and John to drop whatever they were doing (their livelihood, their families, their homes) to follow Jesus and have their lives changed forever. "That had to take great faith. I'm not sure I could do that," he said.
The following inmates have asked for your intercessory prayers for themselves and loved ones: Ray (and family), Dakota (and family), Nicholas (and family), Christopher (and Kimberly), Joe (and Phanessa), Man (name kept private -- daughters and girlfriend), Eric (and family and Fort Johnson Fire Company), Eliot, Nate, Charles, Israel (and Triniti), Depree (and Depress Jr., London, Angela and Dominique), Rhonda, Melissa (and Jodeleyn), Diane (and Katie and Miana.)
One last comment: if any of you St. Ann's parishioners may be feeling God to call you to join us in this rewarding ministry, please feel free to talk to us deacons or to Father Neal about possibly coming aboard. We would certainly welcome you to our ministry team. It takes about three hours of your time on Monday evenings, but you would find it to be a life-changing experience. It is a marvelous thing to behold God working right before your eyes and ears in such a powerful way! If you're not sure, spend some time in prayer and ask God to light the path for you if are trying to discern his plans for you.
[Note from Torre: Matthew 25:36 (NKJV) I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' There are prisons all around us; pray about visiting them. Talk with Deacon Alan Hart about how to do this.]