Prayer for the Day – Friday 3 July

Collect
Almighty and eternal God,
who, for the firmer foundation of our faith,
allowed your holy apostle Thomas
   to doubt the resurrection of your Son
till word and sight convinced him:
grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe
and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

John 20.24–29
24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’
26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 27Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ 28Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’

from Psalm 31.1–6
   In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;
      let me never be put to shame;
   deliver me in your righteousness.
   Incline your ear to me;
   make haste to deliver me.
   Be my strong rock, a fortress to save me,
      for you are my rock and my stronghold;
   guide me, and lead me for your name’s sake.
   Take me out of the net
      that they have laid secretly for me,
   for you are my strength.
   Into your hands I commend my spirit,
   for you have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
   I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
   I put my trust in the Lord.