Living To Intercede

“He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” ~Hebrews 7:21

Nearly 90 men of the Legacy Church of Christ met in our worship center this past weekend to pray over 1,500+ requests from our church family and the North Richland Hills community. Groups ranged in size from two or three to seven or eight. Continuously for 24 straight hours. Lots of overlap as most of the groups needed much longer than an hour to pray for the 50-60 requests they were assigned and for each other.

We opened up the floor during our prayer breakfast Saturday morning to process the previous 24 Hours of Prayer. And the discussion was inspiring.

Everyone expressed a genuine sense of humility and awe as they sat down in the presence of God with that many requests from our brothers and sisters. What a responsibility. Some felt a great sense of unworthiness. What great faith our church family has in prayer and in our God to take the time to write down their pleas. What great trust they have in us to take those requests to the Father. It was said many times that they learned more about their own brothers with whom they prayed for one hour than if they’d spent all weekend with them doing something else. There’s something about listening and participating as someone pours out their heart to God. There’s a true bonding that takes place that can’t really be described, it can only be experienced. I know my life will never be the same after having spent 90-minutes praying with Quincy and Manuel Friday afternoon. And neither will our friendships. I see them differently now. I know them differently. Lord, bless Quincy. Your Word dwells in him. He is really living in you. Please bless him. We were all amazed to realize that people we run into in the halls of our church building two or three times a week, for years, are dealing with some of the things they’re dealing with. Who knew? It never would have occured to me. I see them differently now. I treat them differently now. What great ministry opportunities something like this creates. God, please give me the sensitivity to recognize those people who are all around me and the power to jump in and hug them and love them and minister to them. It’s amazing to read the requests of the strongest and most faithful people I know. They’re asking for forgiveness. They’re asking for strength. They’re asking for answers. They’re asking for the power to be better. And I can’t imagine them being any better. God, I’ve got such a long, long way to go. Please help me be more like your Son. More like them. Al Grant prayed with four different groups from 1:00 am to 5:00 am Saturday. And he began each of those hours by confessing his own sins to our Lord. He ended each of those hours by making all the men hold hands in a circle, encouraging them to feel the same love he was feeling. Father, please help me be more like Al.

The prayers were raw. And they were all for other people.

We are Christ-like when we pray for other people. When we bear one another’s burdens to God’s throne, we are being like Jesus. When we lift up our brothers and sisters, when we carry their concerns, when we take their problems to God, we’re imitating Christ.

When I mentioned at the close of our breakfast that the next 24 Hours of Prayer was already set for September 18-19 next year, we nearly had a revolt on our hands. We can’t wait that long. We need to do this at least twice a year. At least. They’re right.

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October 8, 2008

This week’s poll has the same ten teams at the top, just in a little different order. OU & Mizzou remain #1 & #2. LSU drops from #3 to #5. So Alabama, Texas, and Texas Tech all move up a slot. South Florida drops from #12 to #19. Auburn falls seven spaces to #20. And the undefeated Commodores bolt from #19 all the way up to #13. Wisconsin is out. Virginia Tech is in. Charlie gives us another Mangino crack. Steve has this week’s only prediction on the outcome of this week’s Shootout at the Cotton Bowl. I’ll throw mine in right now: Texas 52, OU 10.

1. Oklahoma (10 1st place votes, 294 total votes) – “Last week for OU to be number one this year: Texas 29, OU 27.” SF; “Baylor will have to leave the Big 12 ‘Sooner’ or later.” JR; “Would love to see Texas whoop up on some Boomer Sooner.” JennG; “Winners of the Big 12.” JS; “Their defense will help them prevail in the Red River Shootout.” JimG; “Can they play defense against a real team?” PD; “Gotta vote ‘em high while I can.” RA; “Next poll, #12.” MH;   

2. Missouri (1, 293) – “Oh, my word, they are good.” JennG; “Chase Daniel is starting to make me sick.” JR; “Potent.” JimG; “I really think they can outscore anybody.” PD; “Still impressive, biggest test in Austin in two weeks.” SF; “Still in the ‘chase’ for #1.” CJ; “That mean boy from Nebraska spit on me.” RA; “Looked unstoppable against the Huskers.” DM; “Great win in Lincoln.” BW; “Could beat ANY SEC team.” MH;
3.  Alabama (276) – “Continues to ‘roll.’” JR; “Should not have been so close.” BW; “After last week, a let down was inevitable; a W is a W.” CJ; “The luster is gone.” PD; “Winners of the SEC.” JS;

4.  Texas (2, 271) – “Will be my #1 after this week.” SF; “Will need big defensive effort to win Saturday.” JimG; “Colt is looking like a Heisman Trophy winner.” CJ; “Look out, OU.” DM; “Go Horns!” MH; “I hate to say it, but they are ready for the Sooners.” PD.  5.  LSU (2, 262) – “Still under the radar?” CJ; “Can’t drop them yet.” PD; “Tigers deserve the top spot until someone beats them.” JimG; “Still undefeated defending champion.” BW;  

6.  Penn St. (240) – “Playing well in a weak Big 10.” BW; “Joe Pa onside kick demonstration scheduled for Thursday.” JimG; “Not the best in the Big 10. Bet the farm they lose to OSU.” CJ; “Love the vanilla unis.” MH; “Joe Pa demonstrating extreme domination all the while having nothing to do with the game plan.” DM;  

7.  Texas Tech (222) – “Impressive win Saturday.” CJ; “When you’re hot, you’re hot.” PD; “4th & 9 from their 10-yard line, Leach will go for it. Do they have a punter on scholarship?” SF; “Mike Leach is the strangest coach ever.” JimG; “Still surviving without a D.” MH.
 8.  USC (200) – “Have they righted the ship?” BW; “Highest ranked one-loss team. Trojans hoping everybody else falls.” MH; “If Sanchez is OK, USC is OK.” PD.  

9.  BYU (197) – “As a diehard Euless Trinity supporter, I’m obligated to vote for a team with players named Vakapuna, Latu, and Mahuika.” JR; “BCS-crashing party starts in SaltLake.” CJ; “Could BYU be QBU again?” MH; “They will enjoy conference play.” BW.  

10.  Georgia (166) – “Black, white, red, pink; whatever jerseys Georgia wears, the Vols are in trouble.” SF; “Still walking around with their tails between their legs.” CJ; “Have I said the SEC is overrated?” MH;  

11.  Florida (146) – “It was just Arkansas.” BW; “Don’t have quite the teeth they had three weeks ago.” CJ;  

12.  Utah (130) – “Still beating everyone they play.” BW.
 13.  Vanderbilt (127) – “Still best team in Tennessee.” SF; “Daydream becoming reality.” CJ; “Proof you can win with smart guys.” DM; “The nerds are here.” PD; “Can’t believe they are here.” BW; “Too high.” JS;   



14.  Ohio St. (113) – “Wisconsin missed its band.” SF; “Would not want to play them in a bowl as young one gains experience at QB.” CJ; “Still vastly overrated.” RA; “Also ran.” PD; “Will continue to win ugly.” BW; “May still win the Big 10 and lose again to USC.” DM.  

15.  Kansas (89) – “Beat Iowa State by a basket at the buzzer. Not bad for a hardwood school on grass.” MH; “Big comeback against who?” BW; “Leaky defense.” PD; “I’m taking a sabbatical on Mark Mangino waistline cracks.” JimG; “Mangino takes a bite out of Cyclones’ chances for an upset.” CJ (Charlie’s riding last week’s momentum, he can’t let it go. Thank you, Charlie.); 




16.  Oklahoma St. (86) – “Their defense scored more points than their offense.” JennG; “Aggies exposed weaknesses in their D. Missouri will capitalize this weekend.” CJ; “Scary running the ball.” JS;  

17.  Boise St. (82) – “Will they face a challenge?” BW; “I would rather eat my shoe than watch one of their games.” CJ;  

18.  Virginia Tech (38) – “Starting to get going.” BW; “Bouncing back nicely as they always do.” CJ;   19.  South Florida (35) – “On my list because of a complete lack of choices.” CJ;  

20.  Auburn (21) –   Also receiving votes:

Michigan St. (17); Wake Forest (14); TCU (13); North Carolina (7) “Butch Davis should be in Fayetteville, not Chapel Hill.” JimG; Illinois (4); Kentucky (3); Clemson (2); Northwestern (2); Pittsburgh (2); Wisconsin (2); Ball St. (1); Florida St. (1) “Bobby B has ‘em on the mend.” MH; Fresno St.(1); Nebraska (1) “only losses are to Top 20 teams.” DM; Notre Dame (1); Texas A&M (1) “A model of consistency.” CJ;

5 Comments

  1. Paul

    Nor to be picky but I submitted predictions on both
    OU – UT and also for MZ – OSU
    MZ 35 – OSU 28
    OU 28 – UT 24

  2. Jim Gardner

    Nice pick. Who’s the clown who gave one vote to Fresno State? They don’t deserve another vote all year.

  3. Richard

    OUtrage!!!!! My #1 vote and my comment about voting them high while I can were both in favor of Texas, however my comment was stated in conjuction with ZERO U! How can we trust the rest of the poll is conducted accurately? I expected more integrity/accuracy from a former professional journalist (those two don’t really seem to mix, now that I think about it). I’m watching you Stanglin, and don’t think I won’t take matters into my own hands if this kind of travesty persists!

  4. Dan Miller

    90 Men praying through the day. “Look Out Legacy, The Lord is among you.” “That had to be a grand day.” “Congrats, I wish I was there.” Just some random thoughts from a man who has been blessed by prayer from you.

    Smile

  5. Allan

    I’ve gone back through all the polls from this week and checked and re-checked my work. I’ll take these in order:
    PaulD did submit the predictions. PaulD also submits, every week, two different Excel spreadsheets that contain information and comments on 61 different teams. He gives me the coaches poll, the AP poll, and a couple of other polls along with his own week-by-week rankings dating back to the beginning of this season. Paul’s spreadsheets contain last year’s records for all 61 teams and a running look at this season’s records. It looks like a Howard Stein Small Groups slide show. The two predictions got lost in the shuffle. Thanks for pointing it out. My bad.
    PaulB is the one who cast a lone vote for Fresno State, putting them at #20 in his poll. I think he, uh…well… maybe he just, uh… or…. No. Nevermind. I can’t begin to explain it.
    Richard, I’ll not have my good name and honor besmirched in such a way. Your #1 vote for the Longhorns was registered properly. You and Hooper were the two who voted Texas at the top. Your comment, yes, was inadvertendly placed next to OU. Placing your comment next to Texas implied that you believe the Sooners will win in the Cotton Bowl Saturday. That didn’t make sense to me. So I tried to fix it. “Behold, I thought…” My bad. I was trying to help you. No good deed goes unpunished.
    Dan, yes, it was amazing. And I wish you had been here, too.

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