Prayer for the Day – Monday 20 July

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God of our pilgrimage,
you have led us to the living water:
refresh and sustain us
as we go forward on our journey,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Luke 20.41-21.4
Then he said to them, ‘How can they say that the Messiah is David’s son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms,
“The Lord said to my Lord,
‘Sit at my right hand,
  until I make your enemies your footstool.’ ”
David thus calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?’
In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples, ‘Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.’
He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’

from Psalm 125
    Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
   which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
    As the hills stand about Jerusalem,
   so the Lord stands round about his people,
      from this time forth for evermore.
    The sceptre of wickedness shall not hold sway
      over the land allotted to the righteous,
   lest the righteous turn their hands to evil.
    Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
   and to those who are true of heart.
    Those who turn aside to crooked ways
      the Lord shall take away with the evildoers;
   but let there be peace upon Israel.