Prayer for the Day – Thursday 16 July

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Grant, O Lord, we beseech you,
that the course of this world
   may be so peaceably ordered
      by your governance,
that your Church may joyfully serve you
   in all godly quietness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Matthew 11.28-30
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

from Psalm 102
      You will arise and have pity on Zion;
   it is time to have mercy upon her;
      surely the time has come.
      For your servants love her very stones
   and feel compassion for her dust.
      Then shall the nations fear your name, O Lord,
   and all the kings of the earth your glory,
      When the Lord has built up Zion
   and shown himself in glory;
      When he has turned to the prayer of the destitute
   and has not despised their plea.
      This shall be written for those that come after,
   and a people yet unborn shall praise the Lord.
      For he has looked down from his holy height;
   from the heavens he beheld the earth,
      That he might hear the sighings of the prisoner
   and set free those condemned to die;