Prayer for the Day – Saturday 30 May

Christ has gone up on high
and has led captivity captive.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people
and kindle in us the fire of your love.
All who are led by the Spirit of God
are children of God and fellow-heirs with Christ.
Renew the face of your creation, Lord,
pouring on us the gifts of your Spirit,
and kindle in us the fire of your love.
For the creation waits with eager longing
for the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your people
and kindle in us the fire of your love.  Amen.

1 John 3.18–23

18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 19And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him 20whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; 22and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.
23 And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

from Psalm 42
  As the deer longs for the water brooks,
   so longs my soul for you, O God.
  My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God;
   when shall I come before the presence of God?
  My tears have been my bread day and night,
   while all day long they say to me, ‘Where is now your God?’
  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,
  With the voice of praise and thanksgiving,
   among those who kept holy day.
  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul,
   and why are you so disquieted within me?
  O put your trust in God;
   for I will yet give him thanks,
      who is the help of my countenance, and my God.