Prayer for the Day – Wednesday 6 May

Almighty God,
who shewest to them that be in error the light of thy truth,
to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness:
Grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Exodus 33.1-6

33The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go, leave this place, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, and go to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, “To your descendants I will give it.” 2I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 3Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, or I would consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.’
4 When the people heard these harsh words, they mourned, and no one put on ornaments. 5For the Lord had said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, “You are a stiff-necked people; if for a single moment I should go up among you, I would consume you. So now take off your ornaments, and I will decide what to do to you.” ’ 6Therefore the Israelites stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onwards.

from Psalm 119

  I entreat you with all my heart,
    be merciful to me according to your promise.
  I have considered my ways
    and turned my feet back to your testimonies.
  I made haste and did not delay
    to keep your commandments.
  Though the cords of the wicked entangle me,
    I do not forget your law.
  At midnight I will rise to give you thanks,
    because of your righteous judgements.