Prayer for the Day – Monday 19 October

Almighty God,
who by your Holy Spirit gave Henry Martyn
a longing to tell the good news of Christ
and skill to translate the Scriptures:
by the same Spirit give us grace to offer you our gifts,
wherever you may lead, at whatever the cost;
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.

(Henry Martyn: a Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India and Persia, 1812)

John 13.1–11
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’

Psalm 105
    O give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name;
   make known his deeds among the peoples.
    Sing to him, sing praises,
   and tell of all his marvellous works.
    Rejoice in the praise of his holy name;
   let the hearts of them rejoice who seek the Lord.
    Seek the Lord and his strength;
   seek his face continually.
    Remember the marvels he has done,
   his wonders and the judgements of his mouth,
    O seed of Abraham his servant,
   O children of Jacob his chosen.
    He is the Lord our God;
   his judgements are in all the earth.
    He has always been mindful of his covenant,
   the promise that he made for a thousand generations:
    The covenant he made with Abraham,
   the oath that he swore to Isaac,
      Which he established as a statute for Jacob,
   an everlasting covenant for Israel,
      Saying, ‘To you will I give the land of Canaan
   to be the portion of your inheritance.’
      When they were but few in number,
   of little account, and sojourners in the land,
      Wandering from nation to nation,
   from one kingdom to another people,
      He suffered no one to do them wrong
   and rebuked even kings for their sake,
      Saying, ‘Touch not my anointed
   and do my prophets no harm.’
      Then he called down famine over the land
   and broke every staff of bread.
      But he had sent a man before them,
   Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
      They shackled his feet with fetters;
   his neck was ringed with iron.
      Until all he foretold came to pass,
   the word of the Lord tested him.
      The king sent and released him;
   the ruler of peoples set him free.
      He appointed him lord of his household
   and ruler of all he possessed,
      To instruct his princes as he willed
   and to teach his counsellors wisdom.
      Then Israel came into Egypt;
   Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
      And the Lord made his people exceedingly fruitful;
   he made them too many for their adversaries,
      Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people
   and dealt craftily with his servants.
      Then sent he Moses his servant
   and Aaron whom he had chosen.
      He showed his signs through their word
   and his wonders in the land of Ham.
      He sent darkness and it grew dark;
   yet they did not heed his words.
      He turned their waters into blood
   and slew all their fish.
      Their land swarmed with frogs,
   even in their kings’ chambers.
      He spoke the word, and there came clouds of flies,
   swarms of gnats within all their borders.
      He gave them hailstones for rain
   and flames of lightning in their land.
      He blasted their vines and their fig trees
   and shattered trees across their country.
      He spoke the word, and the grasshoppers came
   and young locusts without number;
      They ate every plant in their land
   and devoured the fruit of their soil.
      He smote all the firstborn in their land,
   the first fruits of all their strength.
      Then he brought them out with silver and gold;
   there was not one among their tribes that stumbled.
      Egypt was glad at their departing,
   for a dread of them had fallen upon them.
      He spread out a cloud for a covering
   and a fire to light up the night.
      They asked and he brought them quails;
   he satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
      He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out
   and ran in the dry places like a river.
      For he remembered his holy word
   and Abraham, his servant.
      So he brought forth his people with joy,
   his chosen ones with singing.
      He gave them the lands of the nations
   and they took possession of the fruit of their toil,
      That they might keep his statutes
   and faithfully observe his laws.

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