Prayer for the Day – Wednesday 15 July

Almighty God,
by whose grace we celebrate again
the feast of your servant Swithun:
grant that, as he governed with gentleness
   the people committed to his care,
so we, rejoicing in our Christian inheritance,
may always seek to build up your Church in unity and love;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Proverbs 3.1-8
  My child, do not forget my teaching,
   but let your heart keep my commandments;
2 for length of days and years of life
   and abundant welfare they will give you.
3 Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
   bind them round your neck,
   write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favour and good repute
   in the sight of God and of people.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
   and do not rely on your own insight.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
   and he will make straight your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
   fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be a healing for your flesh
   and a refreshment for your body.

from Psalm 20
    May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble,
   the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
    Send you help from his sanctuary
   and strengthen you out of Zion;
    Remember all your offerings
   and accept your burnt sacrifice;
    Grant you your heart’s desire
   and fulfil all your mind.
    May we rejoice in your salvation
      and triumph in the name of our God;
   may the Lord perform all your petitions.
    Now I know that the Lord will save his anointed;
   he will answer him from his holy heaven,
      with the mighty strength of his right hand.
    Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses,
   but we will call only on the name of the Lord our God.
    O Lord, save the king
   and answer us when we call upon you.