Prayer for the Day – Tuesday 22 September

Collect
Lord God,
defend your Church from all false teaching
and give to your people knowledge of your truth,
that we may enjoy eternal life
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 11.12-26
On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard it.
Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves; and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. He was teaching and saying, ‘Is it not written,
“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations”?
   But you have made it a den of robbers.’
And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching. And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.
In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. Then Peter remembered and said to him, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, “Be taken up and thrown into the sea”, and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
‘Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.’

from Psalm 33
    Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, 
   for it is good for the just to sing praises.
    Praise the Lord with the lyre; 
   on the ten-stringed harp sing his praise.
    Sing for him a new song; 
   play skilfully, with shouts of praise.
    For the word of the Lord is true 
   and all his works are sure.
    He loves righteousness and justice; 
   the earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Lord.
    By the word of the Lord were the heavens made 
   and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
    He gathers up the waters of the sea as in a waterskin 
   and lays up the deep in his treasury.
    Let all the earth fear the Lord; 
   stand in awe of him, all who dwell in the world.
    For he spoke, and it was done; 
   he commanded, and it stood fast.
      The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to naught; 
   he frustrates the designs of the peoples.
      But the counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever 
   and the designs of his heart from generation to generation.

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