Prayer for the Day – Wednesday 7 October

Almighty God,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
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 14.26–42
When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. And Jesus said to them, ‘You will all become deserters; for it is written,
“I will strike the shepherd,
   and the sheep will be scattered.”
But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.’ Peter said to him, ‘Even though all become deserters, I will not.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I tell you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.’ But he said vehemently, ‘Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And all of them said the same.
They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. And he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.’ And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. He said, ‘Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.’ He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. He came a third time and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’

from Psalm 119      
My soul is pining for your salvation;
   I have hoped in your word.
      My eyes fail with watching for your word,
   while I say, ‘O when will you comfort me?’
      I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
   yet I do not forget your statutes.
      How many are the days of your servant?
   When will you bring judgement on those who persecute me?
      The proud have dug pits for me
   in defiance of your law.
      All your commandments are true;
   help me, for they persecute me with falsehood.
      They had almost made an end of me on earth,
   but I have not forsaken your commandments.
      Give me life according to your loving-kindness;
   so shall I keep the testimonies of your mouth.
      O Lord, your word is everlasting;
   it ever stands firm in the heavens.
      Your faithfulness also remains from one generation to another;
   you have established the earth and it abides.
      So also your judgements stand firm this day,
   for all things are your servants.
      If your law had not been my delight,
   I should have perished in my trouble.
      I will never forget your commandments,
   for by them you have given me life.
      I am yours, O save me!
   For I have sought your commandments.
      The wicked have waited for me to destroy me,
   but I will meditate on your testimonies.
      I have seen an end of all perfection,
   but your commandment knows no bounds.
      Lord, how I love your law!
   All the day long it is my study.
      Your commandments have made me wiser than my enemies,
   for they are ever with me.
      I have more understanding than all my teachers,
   for your testimonies are my meditation.
        I am wiser than the aged,
   because I keep your commandments.
        I restrain my feet from every evil way,
   that I may keep your word.
        I have not turned aside from your judgements,
   for you have been my teacher.
        How sweet are your words on my tongue!
   They are sweeter than honey to my mouth.
        Through your commandments I get understanding;
   therefore I hate all lying ways.