Thursday, August 14, 2008

Prayer and Fasting for the Rosebud - DAY 40 (last day of this campaign)

If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery. Psalm 119:92

Thank you for your part in this prayer campaign. Thank you for caring about the people on the Rosebud Reservation, and for praying against the spiritual forces that inflict suicide there.

Remember our Lord's warnings:

"When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation."
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you."
He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."

Matthew 12:43-50
  • It is not enough to cast out the evil - it must be displaced and replaced by the Holy Spirit. Please continue to pray, especially from our guiding Psalm verse (119:92), that the Spirit will make the words of Jesus clear and let his joy flourish on the Rosebud.
  • Demons will look for opportunity to return. Continue, as the Spirit moves you, to plead the blood of Jesus over the people of the Rosebud. Ask the Lord to put them under the protection of his cross.
  • There are historical and social forces working with the spirits - please pray that Christians on the Rosebud will honor their parents and love their communities but not be pulled away from Christ.

Thank you for uniting in prayer, dear intercessors. If I might make one more request, several of us (local Anglicans) will be volunteering time to the Vote Yes for Life campaign here today... please pray for this effort to stop abortion as birth control in South Dakota. The work against "the destroyer" goes on, and we need the Lord's help.

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always. Amen.


Georgia said...

May the promised blessing and priceless treasure of real true eternal love, truth, life through Jesus Christ come to Rosebud, now and forever. Amen

Luke 12:15, 22-26
Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
... Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

John 1:4
In him was life, and that life was the light of men.

John 5:24
I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

John 17:3
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Romans 6:4
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

1John 3:14
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

TLF+ said...

Amen, Georgia.

Thanks for your faithful intercession, and also for the great resources you've shared. I'll be posting from time to time to keep us praying for the Rosebud.

Georgia said...

Fr. Timothy, I was struck by your posts this morning...both on Life...certain that you are His instrument to bring His true Life wherever you go.
His Word of Life, His Holy Presence is in you, upholding, filling, radiating through you. You bring His blessing by your presence.
Rest in that. May His word birth (James 1:18),build (Acts 20:32), sustain (Hebrews 1:3) in your heart light and vision, strength and power, for His will and purposes. Amen

I have been so blessed to 'know' you through your prayers and comments here and elsewhere in this battle for His Church and Kingdom.

David Handy+ said...

Congratulations to all who persevered in prayer and especially in fasting over these 40 days. May the Lord reward you richly.

To Georgia's list of Scriptures above, I might add John 10:10:

"The thief comes only to steal, and KILL and destroy. I came that you may have life in all its fullness."

And I'm reminded of the motto of the Diocese of SD, going back to good old Bishop Hare: "That they may have life." Amen. So be it.

As followers of Jesus, the first-born from the dead, the victor over sin and death, we are called to protect and enhance life, from conception to natural death. And with concern for those inbetween the beginning and end of life who are trapped in bondages of all sorts and not experiencing life as God intended it to be, abundant and joyous and free. Whether out on the forsaken Rosebud Reservation, or in thriving Sioux Falls, or wherever.

Keep up the good work, Tim!

Georgia said...

Amen, Fr. Bishop Hare's motto and the Scripture and your whole comment.