Prayer for the Day – Thursday 1 October

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Lord of creation,
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives’ end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 13.14-23
‘But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; someone on the housetop must not go down or enter the house to take anything away; someone in the field must not turn back to get a coat. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that it may not be in winter. For in those days there will be suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, no, and never will be. And if the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he has cut short those days. And if anyone says to you at that time, “Look! Here is the Messiah!” or “Look! There he is!”—do not believe it. False messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be alert; I have already told you everything.

Psalm 62
    On God alone my soul in stillness waits; 
   from him comes my salvation.
    He alone is my rock and my salvation, 
   my stronghold, so that I shall never be shaken.
    How long will all of you assail me to destroy me, 
   as you would a tottering wall or a leaning fence?
    They plot only to thrust me down from my place of honour;
      lies are their chief delight; 
   they bless with their mouth, but in their heart they curse.
    Wait on God alone in stillness, O my soul; 
   for in him is my hope.
    He alone is my rock and my salvation, 
   my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
    In God is my strength and my glory; 
   God is my strong rock; in him is my refuge.
    Put your trust in him always, my people; 
   pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
    The peoples are but a breath,
      the whole human race a deceit; 
   on the scales they are altogether lighter than air.
      Put no trust in oppression; in robbery take no empty pride; 
   though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
      God spoke once, and twice have I heard the same, 
   that power belongs to God.
      Steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord, 
   for you repay everyone according to their deeds.