On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Jn 7:37 (NKJV)
Jesus, I come to you to drink in your Spirit.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." Jn 7:38 (NKJV)
Jesus, I believe - let your rivers of living water flow out of my heart.
Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why have you not brought Him?" The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" Jn 7:45-46 (NKJV)
Jesus, you have spoken to my heart. Thank you.
Then the Pharisees answered them, "Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." Jn 7:47-49 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, soften the hearts of those who hold your little ones in contempt.
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Col 1:17 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, keep me free from trying to rush ahead of Jesus.
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Col 1:19-20 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for your good pleasure.
if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. Col 1:23 (NKJV)
Father, please bring to new life those who would quench the hope of the gospel. Protect your little ones from their deceptions. Thank you.
A Word Received: There is hope in my word. Continue to feast on my word.
Prayer Table/Prison Report, St. Ann’s Amsterdam, January 6, 2020
DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- After having missed the past two Mondays of Prayer Table at St. Ann's and Services From the Reserved Sacrament at Montgomery County Correctional Facility, we were delighted to resume those ministries yesterday morning and evening, January 6. (We were both feeling ill on Dec. 23 and the weather on Dec. 30 was too risky to attempt driving to MCCF.)
Prayer Table -- Six women attended the Prayer Table, which again was held indoors in the Parish Hall due to snowy, cold weather. This pattern of bad weather on Mondays definitely has affected the attendance for this ministry in an adverse way. When people on the streets don't see us out there on the lawn or porch to offer prayer, free clothing and free non-perishable food, they just don't come by. We have hopes that this ministry will turn around and greater numbers will follow. One woman (Omyra) sought anointing and prayer for healing.
MCCF -- We had 13 men and one woman come to the four pod services, which was a great uptick in attendance. Not only were the numbers up (we've been in single digits since late fall), but the discussions and readings were lively and many new faces were to be seen. One male inmate had a good question: he wanted to know why the people of Israel were called "God's chosen." Kind of hard to answer that one in a few sentences, but faithful volunteer Jeff Newell did a good job. He hastened to add that we are ALL God's people who believe in Him and accept Him as our savior. "Jesus said I have other sheep that are not of my flock; they hear my voice too" Jeff reminded us. Another person got hope and assurance from verse 10 of Psalm 84, "For the Lord God is both my sun and shield. He will give grace and glory." In the last pod we visited, a man took great solace from Paul's letter to the Ephesians. The man said, "As I have come to know Jesus more and more, He HAS brought me wisdom and revelation. Now that I am sober and I see the path my life has been taking, I'm just not going to go back to that lifestyle of getting drunk all the time. I'm NOT! I'm 26 years old now and it is time I started growing up and figuring it out."
Please pray for these inmates and their indicated loved ones: Tiffany (and children),Jonathan (and Justin, Betsy and Lidius), Ron (and Shirley), Keith (and Gerry), Jeff, Neville (and Amanda), Brandon (and fiancée and child-soon-to-be-born),Christopher. Rob (and family.)
Thank you for your intercessory prayers for these ministries. God bless you all!