Prayer of Hope

A prayer of Hope in times of danger, distress, and terror.

July, 2016

I was feeling great sorrow and distress over the turmoil in our nation and world. It is obvious God has been pulling away as we have been pushing him out. The acts of terror, racial and police violence, and political uncertainty and division.

But, Christ is in me, the hope of glory! (Colossians 1:27)

In my Scripture reading and meditation today:

1. I prayed from the Psalms “I am weary from grief; strengthen me through Your word.” (Psalm 119:28)

2. I was both encouraged and challenged that when God had twice revealed plans for the ultimate destruction of Israel, twice he relented after the intercessory prayer and pleading of the prophet Amos. All is not lost, but we must plead and pray and repent! “‘Lord God, please forgive! How will Jacob survive since he is so small?’ The Lord relented concerning this. ‘It will not happen, He said.” (Amos 7:2-3)

3. I marveled in the hope of glory! “God’s mystery—Christ. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.” (Colossians 1:2b-3)

So, have hope, do not be deceived and be thankful! (Colossians 1:4,7)

Pray

“O Lord, whose power is infinite and wisdom infallible… let us dwell in Your most secret place under Your shadow, where there is safe protection…

Help us to be entirely dependent on You for support, counsel, and consolation.

Strengthen us by Your Holy Spirit for every purpose of our Christian life.

In Jesus Christ’s name we pray – Amen!”

Prayer adpated from the “Puritan Prayers: Refuge”

Reading plan From the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings for Year C, Monday (July 18, 2016): Psalm 119:17-32; Amos 7:1-6; Colossians 1:27-2:7.

Prayer for Healing

“Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, You became man and died on the cross for our salvation. You healed people of sickness and affliction through Your love and compassion. Visit me, Lord, and grant me strength to bear this sickness with which I am afflicted, with patience, submission to Your will and trust in Your loving care. I pray that You will bless the means used for my recovery and those who administer them. Grant that my sickness may be to my spiritual benefit and that I may live the rest of my life more faithfully according to Your will. For You are the source of life and healing and to You I give praise and glory, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.”

“My Orthodox Prayer Book” by Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Rev. Theodore Stylianopoulos

See Healing https://ministry.family.blog/2020/01/05/healing/

Hong Kong: faith and liberty

In support of Desert Storm, underway to support the fleet in the Persian Gulf, I had Christmas dinner December 1992 at the Jumbo Floating restaurant in Hong Kong.

When asked what my favorite port was during my deployment the answer is Hong Kong.

My heart weeps for the church and souls in Communist China and Hong Kong. My heart weeps for the sleeping church in America and the American businesses and consumers choosing profit and cheap goods over God, freedom, and liberty! May these events shake the American church to wake up! Please, God.

Please watch this important video to understand what is going in in Hong Kong. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2vFQtg3jltg&feature=youtu.be

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2vFQtg3jltg&feature=youtu.be

The battle against Communist China in America

China is at war with America. It is a social, political, and trade war. And it appears they are winning.

The Campaign for Working Families reports “The corporate cave in to communist China continues.  Apple bowed to demands of the Chinese government by removing an app sold on iPhones in Hong Kong.  The app enabled Hong Kong’s residents to know where the police are… We were told that trade with China would bring more civil liberties there.  But trade with China is now restricting our civil liberties here in America.  Yes, you read that right… Beijing’s communists are putting our companies on notice:  Tell your employees to shut up.  ESPN and others have already obliged.  Just how much liberty are we willing to surrender in order to pay a few dollars less for a TV or cellphone made in a Chinese sweatshop? (End of Day Report Thursday, October 10, 2019)

Below are some examples of China censoring speech and controlling American businesses.

“#China has begun an aggressive campaign demanding complete obedience from all foreign businesses on political issues. Prez #Trump was right on Aug 23 to order US companies to consider alternatives to China. #Apple #NBA #HoustonRockets #ESPN #SaveOurDemocracy” https://twitter.com/gordongchang/status/1181890573151678464?s=21

“@Apple removes a police-tracking app, that’s been used in Hong Kong protests from its App Store.” https://twitter.com/elmaaksalic/status/1182131837323268096?s=21

“Just had our “Free Hong Kong” sign confiscated at Capitol One Arena at the Wizards game against the Guangzhou Long Lions. #FreeHongKong #NBA #Censorship” Note, the video shows it was confiscated during the national anthem. https://twitter.com/jonschweppe/status/1182070459355009027?s=21

‪@NBA is the Emporer’s circus. Are you not entertained?‬

“”No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Matthew‬ ‭6:24‬ ‭ESV https://www.bible.com/59/mat.6.24.esv

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40 Days for Life: Walk Worthy

In his book, Fishers of Men, Dr. Sumner Wemp describes what it means to be an ambassador of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings:

God has chosen us (John 15:16)

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

https://www.bible.com/bible/59/JHN.15.16.ESV

We are sent into a world that is not our home (1 Peter 2:11)

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

https://www.bible.com/bible/59/1PE.2.11.ESV

Our walk must match our talk (1 Timothy 3:7)

‘Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. ‘

1 Timothy 3:7 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/1TI.3.7

We must abide in Him for daily instruction (John 15:5)

‘I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. ‘

John 15:5 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/JHN.15.5

Know our purpose — to seek and to save that which is lost (Luke 19:10)

‘For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” ‘

Luke 19:10 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/LUK.19.10

We are to reconcile others to God with His authority (Matthew 28:19-20)

‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ‘

Matthew 28:19-20 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/MAT.28.19-20

Do not let kindness and truth leave you (Proverbs 3:3-4)

‘ Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.’

Proverbs 3:3-4 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/PRO.3.3-4

Our service is to be grounded and rooted in love (Ephesians 3:17)

‘so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, ‘

Ephesians 3:17 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/EPH.3.17

Pray that we each will walk worthy of the calling with which we were called!

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/cdn.40daysforlife.com/media/devotional/devotionals%2bfall2019_17-17.pdf

40 Days for Life 2019 Prayer

Heavenly Father,

In your mercy I pray that compassion and a love for life would overcome Peoria.

I pray in your power, in the mighty name of Jesus, that this abortion facility would close.

I pray for forgiveness and healing for all the women that have killed their children. Save them. Rescue them, Lord.

I pray your church would reach out in mercy and love and compassion.

Forgive us, God, for too often ignoring and remaining silent about this issue. Help us to serve you and to stand for the forgotten, the unwanted, the orphan, and the widow.

I pray that any men, fathers, husbands, or others, that enabled women to kill their children rather than protect mother and child, would be pierced in their hearts with the guilt of their sin and would turn to you for forgiveness and healing.

I pray, Lord Jesus, that any predators that use abortion to hide their crimes, or traffickers that use abortion to keep victims available would be brought to justice.

I pray, Heavenly Father, for an end to abortion in America.

“… [We] bow [our] knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant [us], according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in [our] hearts through faith; that [we], being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that [we] may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
‭‭(Ephesians‬ ‭3:14-21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/114/eph.3.14-21.nkjv)

Memorial to the Lost Children

Memorial to the lost children of this now closed abortion clinic.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.

— 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Heavenly Father, we cry out for Your mercy and ask You to remove the scourge of abortion from our land. Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your truth to our nation once again.”

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/cdn.40daysforlife.com/media/devotional/devotionals_fall2019_6-6.pdf

40 Days for Life fall 2019

“Illinois Family Institute wants to encourage Christians everywhere to prayerfully consider taking part in the upcoming peaceful campaign known as 40 Days for Life. It is an important pro-life effort to save lives and share truth.”

https://illinoisfamily.org/life/pastor-jim-nicodem-on-40-days-for-life/#.XXzbTOL8w9g.twitter

https://www.40daysforlife.com/
“Why Pro-Life?” Randy Alcorn

“I witnessed, while visiting a surgical suite as an OB/GYN resident, the abortion of a fetus that weighed approximately two pounds. It was placed in a bucket, crying and struggling to breathe, and the medical personnel pretended not to notice. Soon the crying stopped…”

“Some people believe that being pro-choice is being on the side of freedom. I’ve never understood how an act of violence, killing a human being, albeit a small one in a special place, is portrayed as a precious right. To speak only of the mother’s cost in carrying a baby to term ignores all thought of any legal rights of the unborn. I believe that the moral consequence of cavalierly accepting abortion diminishes the value of all life…”

“The only issue that should be debated is the moral one: whether or not a fetus has any right to life. Scientifically, there’s no debate over whether the fetus is alive and human—if not killed, it matures into an adult human being. It is that simple. So the time line of when we consider a fetus ‘human’ is arbitrary after conception, in my mind…”

“One thing I believe for certain is that the federal government should never tax pro-life citizens to pay for abortions.”

Quotes from “Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom” by Ron Paul