Prayer for the Day – Thursday 27 August

Collect
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 6.1-13
He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, ‘Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Psalm 94
    Lord God to whom vengeance belongs,
   O God to whom vengeance belongs, shine out in majesty.
    Rise up, O Judge of the earth;
   give the arrogant their just deserts.
    Lord, how long shall the wicked,
   how long shall the wicked triumph?
    How long shall the evildoers boast
   and pour out such impudent words?
    They crush your people, O Lord,
   and afflict your heritage.
    They murder the widow and the stranger;
   the orphans they put to death.
    And yet they say, ‘The Lord will not see,
   neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.’
    Consider, most stupid of people;
   you fools, when will you understand?
    He that planted the ear, shall he not hear?
   He that formed the eye, shall he not see?
      He who corrects the nations, shall he not punish?
   He who teaches the peoples, does he lack knowledge?
      The Lord knows every human thought,
   that they are but a breath.
      Blessed are those whom you chasten, O Lord,
   whom you instruct from your law;
      That you may give them rest in days of adversity,
   until a pit is dug for the wicked.
      For the Lord will not fail his people,
   neither will he forsake his inheritance.
      For justice shall return to the righteous,
   and all that are true of heart shall follow it.
      Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
   Who will take my part against the evildoers?
      If the Lord had not helped me,
   my soul would soon have been put to silence.
      And when I said, ‘My foot has slipped’,
   your loving mercy, O Lord, upheld me.
      In the multitude of cares that troubled my heart,
   your comforts have refreshed my soul.
      Will you have anything to do with the throne of wickedness,
   which fashions evil through its law?
      They gather together against the life of the righteous
   and condemn the innocent to death.
      But the Lord has become my stronghold
   and my God the rock of my trust.
      He will turn against them their own wickedness
      and silence them through their own malice;
   the Lord our God will put them to silence.