Come and Listen! Come and Pray! Here’s the Edited Podcast of Friday Morning Prayer with Father Wade. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is true FREEDOM. For God has not given us a SPIRIT of Fear but of LOVE, POWER, and a Sound MIND. Those that are led by the Spirit of God are the Sons of God. Not every spirit is of God. Test the spirits to see. Those that do not confess Jesus Christ is Lord and has come in the flesh are not of God but of the evil one and the anti-Christ. NATIVITY FAST – Friday Morning Prayer with Father Wade 20181207
Friday Morning Prayer with Father Wade for November 9, 2018. You’re invited to join with us as we pray for others. Prayer Requests, Submissions, Intentions are accepted as well as encouraging comments! JOIN US LIVE at 6:30 AM Florida Time!
What will you do “eternal” this week? (Thanks to my friend, Tony Allen, for asking me that question!)
You and I may have grand plans for this week.
BUT, may I encourage you, before Monday’s Sun rises,
to capture five-minutes of distraction-free solitude?
Examine your motivation — the underlying motives for your upcoming work, actions, plans, and achievements.
Will your actions bring material and emotional gain or
will your activities build up treasure in heaven?
In every effort, what would you estimate will be your “eternal” return on investment (Your EROI)?
Will your actions be rated “works of the law,” “dead works,” “faith works,” “good works?” Will you work to provide for your family grudgingly, out of legal responsibility or joyfully, because it is your bounden duty, your sacred honor, your love-debt? Are you giving to the poor out of necessity, thinking you can use the tax-deduction and business recognition or is your giving empowered by faith working by love? Are you sharing your faith, giving thanks publicly in prayer over your meals, and inviting others to church to maintain your reputation and standing or because your heart and soul are full of thanksgiving, gratitude, and genuine love for your God and neighbor? Shepherds, are you taking the faith-risk of leaving the 99 and searching for that one lost lamb?
By outward appearances, your actions may seem noble and praiseworthy. But through spiritual discernment, experience, your spiritual father, director, godfather, godmother, pastor, and priest, you can REDEEM the time, “revenge all disobedience,” turn “dead works” into “good works,” and develop your treasures in heaven.
(REMEMBER: “laying up for yourselves treasure in heaven” as described in Matthew 6, is not just about increasing your pension to withdraw after you die. Even TODAY – this very week, many “now-refined,” heavenly treasures are needed. These preordained, manifestations of and by the Holy Spirit are given to us for profit. So we work, not in vain for the food that perishes. But we, as Day–Laborors, work in the already white harvest fields.
In our continual prayer to the Holy Spirit, we faith-speak, “O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Everywhere Present and Filling All Things, TREASURER of blessings (good things), and Giver of Life,
Come, abide in us, cleanse us from every stain of sin and save our souls, O Good One.” (The beginning of the Trisagion Prayers).
It is THE SAME Holy Spirit who baptized you into Christ, that sealed you at your Confirmation and Chrismation. The Holy Spirit, abiding in you, is THE Treasurer of these “good things” – these “Heavenly Blessings” in Christ Jesus! The Holy Spirit is willing, are you?
Capture Five Minutes before the morning mayhem cranks up.
Reserve, Redeem, and Defend this time and PRAY…
“O Lord, grant that I may greet the coming day in peace.
Help me to rely on your holy will at every moment.
In every hour of the day, reveal your will to me.
Bless my time with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat whatever may happen to me
throughout the day with peace of soul and
with firm conviction that your will governs all.
In all my deeds and words, guide my thoughts and feelings.
In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by you.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely,
without embittering or embarrassing others.
Give me the strength to bear the fatigue of the
coming day with all that it will bring.
Direct my will.
Teach me to pray, and pray yourself in me. Amen.”
(A Prayer by Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow)
You may want to, (as you have seen others do), deliberately consecrate every new hour and activity by purposefully making the Sign of the Cross, invoking the Holy Trinity. You are conscientiously building the eternal Kingdom of Heaven right here, right now. The Eternal Return on Investment (EROI) could be thirtyfold, sixtyfold, or even a hundredfold, now, and in the age to come life ETERNAL!
Glory to God for All Things!
Love, in Christ!
Rev. Fr. Wade Fahnestock+
St. Andrew the First Called
Orthodox Catholic Church Mission
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.†
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.†
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.”
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?”†
27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
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.
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?”†
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.
16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.†
17 “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!†
18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.†
19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.†
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.†
34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
1 And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”†
QUESTION: How Come We Are Too Often Foolish, Slow of Heart to Really Believe in All the Prophets have Spoken?
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.†
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For each one shall bear his own load.
6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.†
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs.
48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”
49 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,†
50 nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”
51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,
52 and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.
53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.
54 Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples.
8 But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.
9 But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?
10 You observe days and months and seasons and years.†
11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.
12 Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. You have not injured me at all.
13 You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first.†
14 And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.†
15 What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me.
16 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?
17 They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them.
18 But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you.
19 My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you,
20 I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.
An Allegory: Slavery and Sonship
21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?†
Mark 6 Jesus Walks on Water
45 Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away.
46 And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.
47 Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land.
48 Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night, He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.
49 And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out;
50 for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
51 Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure and marveled.
52 For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.†
Many Made Whole
53 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there.