Prayer for the Day – Tuesday 25 August

Lord of all mercy,
keep us firm on the foundation of the gospel
and preserve us from all sin;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 5.21–34
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’ Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?” ’ He looked all round to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’

From Psalm 89
    My song shall be always of the loving-kindness of the Lord:
   with my mouth will I proclaim your faithfulness
      throughout all generations.
    I will declare that your love is established for ever;
   you have set your faithfulness as firm as the heavens.
    For you said: ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
   I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
    ‘ “Your seed will I establish for ever
   and build up your throne for all generations.” ’
    The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
   and your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
    For who among the clouds can be compared to the Lord?
   Who is like the Lord among the host of heaven?
    A God feared in the council of the holy ones,
   great and terrible above all those round about him.
    Who is like you, Lord God of hosts?
   Mighty Lord, your faithfulness is all around you.
    You rule the raging of the sea;
   you still its waves when they arise.
      You crushed Rahab with a deadly wound
   and scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
      Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours;
   you established the world and all that fills it.
      You created the north and the south;
   Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your name.
      You have a mighty arm;
   strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
      Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
   steadfast love and faithfulness go before your face.
      Happy are the people who know the shout of triumph:
   they walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance.
      In your name they rejoice all the day long
   and are exalted in your righteousness.
      For you are the glory of their strength,
   and in your favour you lift up our heads.
      Truly the Lord is our shield;
   the Holy One of Israel is our king.