Prayer for the Day – Wednesday 26 August

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O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Mark 5.35-43
While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum’, which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’ And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Psalm 91
    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
   and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
    Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold,
   my God, in whom I put my trust.’
    For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
   and from the deadly pestilence.
    He shall cover you with his wings
      and you shall be safe under his feathers;
   his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.
    You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,
   nor of the arrow that flies by day;
    Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
   nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.
    Though a thousand fall at your side
      and ten thousand at your right hand,
   yet it shall not come near you.
    Your eyes have only to behold
   to see the reward of the wicked.
    Because you have made the Lord your refuge
   and the Most High your stronghold,
      There shall no evil happen to you,
   neither shall any plague come near your tent.
      For he shall give his angels charge over you,
   to keep you in all your ways.
      They shall bear you in their hands,
   lest you dash your foot against a stone.
      You shall tread upon the lion and adder;
   the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
      Because they have set their love upon me,
      therefore will I deliver them;
   I will lift them up, because they know my name.
      They will call upon me and I will answer them;
   I am with them in trouble,
      I will deliver them and bring them to honour.
      With long life will I satisfy them
   and show them my salvation.