July 28, 2022

Prayer for Thursday from A New Zealand Prayer Book

Look kindly on our world, our God,
as we suffer and struggle with one another.
Look kindly on your Church,
driven by the same necessity;
and may the light we have seen in Jesus
illuminate and brighten all the world.
Amen.

Psalm 71

In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; *

let me never be ashamed.
In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *

incline your ear to me and save me.
Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *

you are my crag and my stronghold.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *

from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.
For you are my hope, O Lord God, *

my confidence since I was young.
I have been sustained by you ever since I was born;
from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; *

my praise shall be always of you.
I have become a portent to many; *

but you are my refuge and my strength.
Let my mouth be full of your praise *

and your glory all the day long.
Do not cast me off in my old age; *

forsake me not when my strength fails.
For my enemies are talking against me, *

and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.
They say, “God has forsaken him;
go after him and seize him; *

because there is none who will save.”
O God, be not far from me; *

come quickly to help me, O my God.
Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and be disgraced; *

let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn and reproach.
But I shall always wait in patience, *

and shall praise you more and more.
My mouth shall recount your mighty acts
and saving deeds all day long; *

though I cannot know the number of them.
I will begin with the mighty works of the Lord God; *

I will recall your righteousness, yours alone.
O God, you have taught me since I was young, *

and to this day I tell of your wonderful works.
And now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, *

till I make known your strength to this generation
and your power to all who are to come.
Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens; *

you have done great things;
who is like you, O God?
You have showed me great troubles and adversities, *

but you will restore my life
and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth.
You strengthen me more and more; *

you enfold and comfort me,
Therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God; *

I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.
My lips will sing with joy when I play to you, *

and so will my soul, which you have redeemed.
My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long, *

for they are ashamed and disgraced who sought to do me harm.

Image: “I am the light of this world” by syam. is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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