Prayer for the Day – Tuesday 24 November

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Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people;
that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Isaiah 40.12–26
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
  and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure,
  and weighed the mountains in scales
  and the hills in a balance?
Who has directed the spirit of the Lord,
  or as his counsellor has instructed him?
Whom did he consult for his enlightenment,
  and who taught him the path of justice?
Who taught him knowledge,
  and showed him the way of understanding?
Even the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
  and are accounted as dust on the scales;
  see, he takes up the isles like fine dust.
Lebanon would not provide fuel enough,
  nor are its animals enough for a burnt-offering.
All the nations are as nothing before him;
  they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
To whom then will you liken God,
  or what likeness compare with him?
An idol? —A workman casts it,
  and a goldsmith overlays it with gold,
  and casts for it silver chains.
As a gift one chooses mulberry wood
  —wood that will not rot—
then seeks out a skilled artisan
  to set up an image that will not topple.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
  Has it not been told you from the beginning?
  Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
  and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
  and spreads them like a tent to live in;
who brings princes to naught,
  and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
  scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows upon them, and they wither,
  and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25 To whom then will you compare me,
   or who is my equal? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:
   Who created these?
He who brings out their host and numbers them,
   calling them all by name;
because he is great in strength,
   mighty in power,
   not one is missing.

from Psalm 98
Sing to the Lord a new song,
   for he has done marvellous things.
His own right hand and his holy arm
   have won for him the victory.
The Lord has made known his salvation;
   his deliverance has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness
      towards the house of Israel,
   and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Sound praises to the Lord, all the earth;
   break into singing and make music.
Make music to the Lord with the lyre,
   with the lyre and the voice of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
   sound praises before the Lord, the King.
Let the sea thunder and all that fills it,
   the world and all that dwell upon it.
Let the rivers clap their hands
   and let the hills ring out together before the Lord,
      for he comes to judge the earth.
In righteousness shall he judge the world
   and the peoples with equity.