Prayer for the Day – Friday 24 July

Collect
O Lord,
raise up (we pray thee)
thy power, and come among us,
and with great might succour us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness,
we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us,
thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us;
through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord,
to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost
be honour and glory,
world without end.  Amen.

Luke 22.1-13
Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people.
Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.’ They asked him, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for it?’ ‘Listen,’ he said to them, ‘when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters and say to the owner of the house, “The teacher asks you, ‘Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ ” He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.’ So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

Psalm 142
    I cry aloud to the Lord;
   to the Lord I make my supplication.
    I pour out my complaint before him
   and tell him of my trouble.
    When my spirit faints within me, you know my path;
   in the way wherein I walk have they laid a snare for me.
    I look to my right hand, and find no one who knows me;
   I have no place to flee to, and no one cares for my soul.
    I cry out to you, O Lord, and say:
   ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.
    ‘Listen to my cry, for I am brought very low;
   save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.
    ‘Bring my soul out of prison,
      that I may give thanks to your name;
   when you have dealt bountifully with me,
      then shall the righteous gather around me.’