Thursday, May 09, 2019

2019 05 09

Pray that the Diocesan Convention will seek the mind of Christ in all things.

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13 (NKJV)
     Jesus, I believe in the power of your name.

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please help me pray according to your will.

And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:15 (NKJV)
     Jesus, thank you for hearing our petitions.

If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 1 John 5:16 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please guide us in speaking to those caught in sin’s grip.

All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. 1 John 5:17 (NKJV)
     Father, please help us bring the lost and the least to Jesus.

For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding. Psalm 47:7 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me sing God’s praises with understanding.

A Word Received: Wait on me; don't rush ahead. Wait for my times and purposes to be revealed. I will guide you if you seek me with your whole heart.

Albany Intercessor

PT/MC Jail Reports, St Ann's Amsterdam, May 6, 2019
     DCN ALAN and DCN MARYCAROL -- This past Monday (May 6) was a terrific day of watching God work in our midst with the neighborhood ministries of our Prayer Table and the Services from the Reserved Sacrament at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
     Prayer Table -- Hallelujah! It was a bright, sunny day so we set up the table outdoors on the front lawn. Some women (Lucy, Susan, Virginia, two older ladies -- no names given-- and Irene) were prayed for. About 20 persons in all came and many took from the ample supply of clean, used clothing that was offered. Two people also took paper goods. No one asked for food this week, but we always have some in storage in case a needy person comes by during the week needing help to get through the week. (They often do.)
     MCCF -- This week we had 16 men and 4 women attend our four services, and it was a delight to behold the Lord teaching the inmates through His word. It is so obvious to us deacons (and volunteers Anne DeGroff and Jeff Newell) that these neighbors are growing in their faith journeys and helping each other find the lighted path God is showing them. We had the usual lively discussions on the readings of the week. They were especially drawn to the story of Saul (who becomes the apostle Paul) and his conversion on the road to Damascus. One male inmate pointed out, "I love this story, because it proves that God is always willing to give us a second chance -- no matter how badly we've screwed up." A man in another pod said, "This is another example of how God chooses the most unlikely people to do his work among others. Look at Moses. Look at most of the disciples -- one of them was a hated tax collector. And now -- Saul!" A woman inmate enjoyed the Psalm 30 verse, "Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me. O Lord, be my helper." She remarked, "I FEEL that when I pray to him."
     Good stuff!
     The following inmates asked for your prayers for themselves and loved ones indicated: Christopher (and Kimberly, Christian, Michael, Phonessa,), Ray, Catherine, Austin, Justin (and family), Eli (and Nay), Adrian (and Clifton and family), Daycon (and family), DePree (and Depree II, London, Avignon, Damian), Sherry, Marissa (and family), Woman (no name-- and Lemuel.)

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