Prayer for the Day – Saturday 8 August

Almighty Father,
who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins,
and to rise again for our justification :
Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness,
that we may alway serve thee in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of the same
thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Luke 24.36–53
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

From Psalm 41
    Blessed are those who consider the poor and needy;
   the Lord will deliver them in the time of trouble.
    The Lord preserves them and restores their life,
      that they may be happy in the land;
   he will not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
    The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;
   their sickness, Lord, you will remove.
    And so I said, ‘Lord, be merciful to me;
   heal me, for I have sinned against you.’
    My enemies speak evil about me,
   asking when I shall die and my name perish.
    If they come to see me, they utter empty words;
   their heart gathers mischief;
      when they go out, they tell it abroad.
      But you, O Lord, be merciful to me
   and raise me up, that I may reward them.
      By this I know that you favour me,
   that my enemy does not triumph over me.
      Because of my integrity you uphold me
   and will set me before your face for ever.
      Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.