Prayer for the Day – Saturday 2 May

Merciful Father,
you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,
and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:
keep us always under his protection,
and give us grace to follow in his steps;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Ephesians 3.14–end

14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,15from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

from Psalm 43
1  As the deer longs for the water brooks,
   so longs my soul for you, O God.
2  My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God;
   when shall I come before the presence of God?
3  My tears have been my bread day and night,
   while all day long they say to me, ‘Where is now your God?’
4  Now when I think on these things, I pour out my soul:
   how I went with the multitude
      and led the procession to the house of God,
5  With the voice of praise and thanksgiving,
   among those who kept holy day.
6  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul,
   and why are you so disquieted within me?
7  O put your trust in God;
   for I will yet give him thanks,
      who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

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