Prayer for the Day – Wednesday 12 August

Gracious Father,
revive your Church in our day,
and make her holy, strong and faithful,
for your glory’s sake
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 1.21–28
They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’ At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

From Psalm 60
    O God, you have cast us off and broken us;
   you have been angry; restore us to yourself again.
    You have shaken the earth and torn it apart;
   heal its wounds, for it trembles.
    You have made your people drink bitter things;
   we reel from the deadly wine you have given us.
    You have made those who fear you to flee,
   to escape from the range of the bow.
    That your beloved may be delivered,
   save us by your right hand and answer us.
    God has spoken in his holiness:
   ‘I will triumph and divide Shechem,
      and share out the valley of Succoth.
    ‘Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine;
   Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my sceptre.
    ‘Moab shall be my washpot;
      over Edom will I cast my sandal;
   across Philistia will I shout in triumph.’
    Who will lead me into the strong city?
   Who will bring me into Edom?
      Have you not cast us off, O God?
   Will you no longer go forth with our troops?
      Grant us your help against the enemy,
   for earthly help is in vain.