Prayer for the Day – Tuesday 11 August

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Almighty God,
who didst give such grace
unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew,
that he readily obeyed
the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ,
and followed him without delay :
Grant unto us all, that we,
being called by thy holy word,
may forthwith give up ourselves
obediently to fulfil thy holy commandments;
through the same
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 1.14–20
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

From Psalm 50
    The Lord, the most mighty God, has spoken
   and called the world from the rising of the sun to its setting.
    Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth;
   our God comes and will not keep silence.
    Consuming fire goes out before him
   and a mighty tempest stirs about him.
    He calls the heaven above,
   and the earth, that he may judge his people:
    ‘Gather to me my faithful,
   who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.’
      ‘Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving
   and fulfil your vows to God Most High.
      ‘Call upon me in the day of trouble;
   I will deliver you and you shall honour me.’
      But to the wicked, says God:
   ‘Why do you recite my statutes
      and take my covenant upon your lips,
      ‘Since you refuse to be disciplined
   and have cast my words behind you?
      ‘When you saw a thief, you made friends with him
   and you threw in your lot with adulterers.
      ‘You have loosed your lips for evil
   and harnessed your tongue to deceit.
      ‘You sit and speak evil of your brother;
   you slander your own mother’s son.
      ‘These things have you done, and should I keep silence?
   Did you think that I am even such a one as yourself?
      ‘But no, I must reprove you,
   and set before your eyes the things that you have done.
      ‘You that forget God, consider this well,
   lest I tear you apart and there is none to deliver you.
      ‘Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honours me
   and to those who keep my way
      will I show the salvation of God.’