Thursday, March 07, 2019
2019 03 07
LORD, help us feed on your word.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 (NKJV)
Jesus, please help us behold you as you are.
I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' John 1:33 (NKJV)
Father, baptize us anew with your Holy Spirit.
And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God." John 1:34 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me testify that Jesus is the Son of God.
To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. Titus 1:4 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, let the grace and mercy of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior come upon us.
"For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. Deuteronomy 7:6 (NKJV)
LORD, help us to be a holy people.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Psalm 27:1-2 (NKJV)
Jesus, please set us free from fear over what the wicked will do; for you are a shield and our great reward. Thank you.
A Word Received: Don't be afraid; I Am with you.
Prayer Table/Montgomery County Correctional Facility, St. Ann's Amsterdam, 3/3/2019
DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- Our weekly Prayer Table sessions and our Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility every Monday morning and evening are always special, and never the same. But we have to tell you that the visit to the jail for the four services this past Monday night (March 4) was especially uplifting. Please keep sending up your intercessory prayers for these two neighborhood ministries, because we can sense them and see them working in a powerful way.
Prayer Table -- Thankfully the Sunday snowstorm fell far short of everyone's fears and only about 4 inches fell, but it was enough to move the Prayer Table inside in the Parish Hall again. A special moment occurred when two older ladies who are regulars every Monday came in specifically for prayer and anointing this time. We have prayed for them before, including on one occasion when we ran into them at the food area of Rotterdam Square. This time it was very serious because one of them (name withheld) is having open heart surgery this week and is scared as can be. We prayed for both of the ladies at the same time. Many other visitors came by for the clean, used clothing we offer each week. There are people still seeking winter clothing items and are grateful for things like gloves, hats, coats and footwear. We also gave out the remainder of the rolls that were served at the Sunday fellowship brunch the previous day.
Montgomery County Correctional Facility -- We have been doing services at the three men's pods and the one ladies' pod at this facility since June of 2017 nearly every Monday night, and this was the first time that we attracted more women than men to the services. Only 10 men attended which is about half of the normal total, but 11 women came! It was a wonderful thing to experience, because some of the ladies who have been at the jail awhile obviously invited some of the newer female inmates to come and take part in the service, and they came! Praise God.
We had lively discussions at all the pods this week. One man asked of the Luke's gospel reading, "Why is Jesus so harsh in talking to his disciples in this reading?" (Note: Jesus said of the disciples' inability to drove the demon out of the boy, "You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you?") We explained that Jesus knows he is about to travel to Jerusalem and go to the cross, and he is starting to get restless, nervous and naturally upset because he knows his mission on Earth for us is about to happen. Another man in a different pod had that same reaction, and he even added "Yes, and a few days later He got upset with the moneychangers at the temple and overturned their tables. He was showing them that you can't serve God and desire earthly things. You can't have both!" We also remarked at the women's pod that we all, whether we are in a jail or free at home or somewhere else "safe," need to remember that God is always with us and goes through whatever troubles we are experiencing in our lives. We told them that in the 2nd Corinthians reading, the verse that states "... Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom" has meaning to each and every one of us. We can be in a jail cell because we may have made a mistake. We all do. But God is still there with us, so we always have freedom with Him. And by contrast, there are people in their homes who are "prisoners" to something in the past, perhaps unhappy in a relationship or family setting, or seeking to be freed from an addiction or a sinful habit.
These inmates requested your intercessory prayers for themselves and their specified loved ones: Joshua (and girlfriend), Ricardo (and Catherine), Anthony, Johnny, Man (name withheld; and daughters and girlfriend), Israel (and Triniti), Eliot, Richard (and Jadelyn), Gina, Jamie, Rene, Geiska, Natalie, Hannah, Marsha, Melissa.