Wednesday, July 08, 2020

2020 07 08

12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. Luke 24 (NKJV)
     Lord, help me rush to see what you are doing.

13 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. Luke 24 (NKJV)
     Jesus, please join us when we hold sweet conversation about you.

17 And He said to them, "What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?" 18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, "Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?" 19 And He said to them, "What things?" So they said to Him, "The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Luke 24 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me talk openly and plainly about Jesus’ resurrection.

22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see." Luke 24 (NKJV)
     Father, please help me believe the witnesses you have sent to me.

25 Then He said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?" Luke 24 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, please help me be quick to believe your witness.

27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Luke 24 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help us see the unity of the witness of Scripture.

28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, "Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent." And He went in to stay with them. 30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. Luke 24 (NKJV)
     Jesus, open our eyes and help us recognize you in the breaking of bread.

32 And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?" Luke 24 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, I pray that my heart will burn with joy when I encounter Jesus.

33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. Luke 24 (NKJV)
     Father, help us bear witness to the apostolic witness of those who encountered the risen Christ.

A Word Received: Pray for open eyes and ears among my people. Pray that they will testify to what they have seen and heard of me.

Note from Torre: I will be off line for a couple of weeks.

St. Ann's Amsterdam
     DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- We had six persons come to the Prayer Table this morning, Monday July 6th. NANCY came for a free bag of assorted food and some clothing. ROBIN, who has been to our table each of the past two Mondays, also took food and a pair of shoes, and she asked for prayer. Her husband passed away last November and still grieves. She also is contemplating surgery which her primary doctor has advised, but she isn't sure she wants to do it. IRENE, a frequent visitor to the table in the past, returned today and took both food and clothing. ED took one of our wooden crosses. ROSA took food and clothing and received prayer for a private matter. JUAN asked for prayer and a cross. He has lost five family members to death in the past six months. He took a couple items of food and a T-shirt.
     We have not yet resumed our visits to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Please continue your intercessory prayers for these vital neighborhood ministries. We value your support!

Albany Intercessor

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