Prayer for the Day – Thursday 6 August

Father in heaven,
whose Son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured
before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain,
and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem:
give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross
that in the world to come we may see him as he is;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Luke 9.28–36
Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

From Psalm 97
    The Lord is king: let the earth rejoice;
   let the multitude of the isles be glad.
    Clouds and darkness are round about him;
   righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
    Fire goes before him
   and burns up his enemies on every side.
    His lightnings lit up the world;
   the earth saw it and trembled.
    The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord,
   at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
    The heavens declared his righteousness,
   and all the peoples have seen his glory.
    Confounded be all who worship carved images
      and delight in mere idols.
   Bow down before him, all you gods.