Prayer for the Day – Monday 3 August

Collect
Almighty God,
who shewest to them that be in error the light of thy truth,
to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness :
Grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of  Christ’s religion,
that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Jeremiah 28
In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of King Zedekiah of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the Lord, in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the Lord’s house, which King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. I will also bring back to this place King Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim of Judah, and all the exiles from Judah who went to Babylon, says the Lord, for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’
Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; and the prophet Jeremiah said, ‘Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfil the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.’
Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke from the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, and broke it. And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: This is how I will break the yoke of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon from the neck of all the nations within two years.’ At this, the prophet Jeremiah went his way.
Some time after the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke from the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: Go, tell Hananiah, Thus says the Lord: You have broken wooden bars only to forge iron bars in place of them! For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: I have put an iron yoke on the neck of all these nations so that they may serve King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, and they shall indeed serve him; I have even given him the wild animals. And the prophet Jeremiah said to the prophet Hananiah, ‘Listen, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, and you made this people trust in a lie. Therefore thus says the Lord: I am going to send you off the face of the earth. Within this year you will be dead, because you have spoken rebellion against the Lord.’
In that same year, in the seventh month, the prophet Hananiah died.

From Psalm 27
    The Lord is my light and my salvation;
      whom then shall I fear?
   The Lord is the strength of my life;
      of whom then shall I be afraid?
    When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes,
      came upon me to eat up my flesh,
   they stumbled and fell.
    Though a host encamp against me,
      my heart shall not be afraid,
   and though there rise up war against me,
      yet will I put my trust in him.
    One thing have I asked of the Lord
      and that alone I seek:
   that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
      all the days of my life,
    To behold the fair beauty of the Lord
   and to seek his will in his temple.
    For in the day of trouble
      he shall hide me in his shelter;
   in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me
      and set me high upon a rock.
    And now shall he lift up my head
   above my enemies round about me;
    Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation
      with great gladness;
   I will sing and make music to the Lord.
    Hear my voice, O Lord, when I call;
   have mercy upon me and answer me.
      My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’
   Your face, Lord, will I seek.
      Hide not your face from me,
   nor cast your servant away in displeasure.
      You have been my helper;
   leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
      Though my father and my mother forsake me,
   the Lord will take me up.
      Teach me your way, O Lord;
   lead me on a level path