Wednesday, August 12, 2020

2020 08 12

1 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     LORD, let your word come to us.

2 "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me." Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help me go where you send me.

3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     Lord, so many flee from God's specific will for us.

4 But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     Jesus, we are in the midst of a great storm; have mercy on us.

5 Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, many are afraid. Help us hear your word: "Fear not."

6 So the captain came to him, and said to him, "What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish." Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help me heed your call to prayer.

7 And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     Father, put your hand on my sin and purify me.

8 Then they said to him, "Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?" 9 So he said to them, "I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land." Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     Father, Let our awe of you leard us to worship you.

10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, "Why have you done this?" For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, "What shall we do to you that the sea may be calm for us?"--for the sea was growing more tempestuous. Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     Holy Spirit, help us seek your will.

12 And he said to them, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will become calm for you. For I know that this great tempest is because of me." 13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them. Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     Jesus, help me face the consequences of my sin.

14 Therefore they cried out to the LORD and said, "We pray, O LORD, please do not let us perish for this man's life, and do not charge us with innocent blood; for You, O LORD, have done as it pleased You." 15 So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice to the LORD and took vows. Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     Lord, help us play our part in your kingdom story.

17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1 (NKJV)
     Father, thank you for the fish you have sent into my life to bring me back to you.

1 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish's belly. 2 And he said: "I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, And He answered me. "Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice. Jonah 2 (NKJV)
     LORD my God, I cry out to you for your redeeming work in my life.

A Word Received: Behold, I stand at the door and knock; invite me in.


St. Ann's Amsterdam
     DEACON ALAN and DEACON MARYCAROL -- Only two neighbors came by our Prayer Table yesterday (Monday, Aug. 10) on a sunny, very humid morning on our church lawn. NANCY took some clothing and a bag of the non-perishable food we offer, and she also took one of the hygiene packs that an anonymous church member has donated. (They have toothpaste, a razor, soap, body lotion, etc. Thank you, whoever you are!) REBECCA, who was the very first neighbor to ever come to our Prayer Table way back on July 9, 2012, was the other person to visit us. She also took some clothing, a bag of food and a hygiene pack, and she asked for prayer. She is having an endoscopy procedure next Tuesday. Not much foot traffic -- or even automobile traffic -- on Division Street this particular day. But we continue our Monday morning weekly ministry just the same, for the people who do come. We intend to resume the Monday evening jail services at Montgomery County Correctional Facility in late September.

Albany Intercessor

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