Prayer for the Day – Wednesday 9 September

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Almighty God,
you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength
and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 8.27–9.1
Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’ And he said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.’

from Psalm 135
Praise the name of the Lord;
give praise, you servants of the Lord,
      You that stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
      Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
make music to his name, for it is lovely.
      For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself
and Israel for his own possession.
      For I know that the Lord is great
and that our Lord is above all gods.
      The Lord does whatever he pleases
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and in all the deeps.
      He brings up the clouds from the ends of the earth;
he makes lightning with the rain
and brings the winds out of his treasuries.