Prayer for the Day – Thursday 9 July

Though you be mocked in our world,
may we see you, the truth, as you are,
having our eyes opened and our wills changed,
to the praise of your glory.  Amen.

Luke 18.31-43
Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.’ But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’ Then he shouted, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

from Psalm 90
    Lord, you have been our refuge
   from one generation to another.
    Before the mountains were brought forth,
      or the earth and the world were formed,
   from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
    You turn us back to dust and say:
   ‘Turn back, O children of earth.’
    For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday,
   which passes like a watch in the night.
    You sweep them away like a dream;
   they fade away suddenly like the grass.
    In the morning it is green and flourishes;
   in the evening it is dried up and withered.
    For we consume away in your displeasure;
   we are afraid at your wrathful indignation.
    You have set our misdeeds before you
   and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
    When you are angry, all our days are gone;
   our years come to an end like a sigh.
      The days of our life are three score years and ten,
      or if our strength endures, even four score;
   yet the sum of them is but labour and sorrow,
      for they soon pass away and we are gone.
      Who regards the power of your wrath
   and your indignation like those who fear you?
      So teach us to number our days
   that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
      Turn again, O Lord; how long will you delay?
   Have compassion on your servants.
      Satisfy us with your loving-kindness in the morning,
   that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
      Give us gladness for the days you have afflicted us,
   and for the years in which we have seen adversity.
      Show your servants your works,
   and let your glory be over their children.
      May the gracious favour of the Lord our God be upon us;
   prosper our handiwork; O prosper the work of our hands.