Prayer for the Day – Saturday 18 July

Almighty God,
send down upon your Church
the riches of your Spirit,
and kindle in all who minister the gospel
your countless gifts of grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Matthew 12.14-21
But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.
    When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them,   and he ordered them not to make him known.   This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
   ‘Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,
   my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
   and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
 He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
   nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
 He will not break a bruised reed
   or quench a smouldering wick
until he brings justice to victory.
   And in his name the Gentiles will hope.’

from Psalm 10
    Why stand so far off, O Lord?
   Why hide yourself in time of trouble?
    The wicked in their pride persecute the poor;
   let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
    The wicked boast of their heart’s desire;
   the covetous curse and revile the Lord.
    The wicked in their arrogance say, ‘God will not avenge it’;
   in all their scheming God counts for nothing.
    They are stubborn in all their ways,
      for your judgements are far above out of their sight;
   they scoff at all their adversaries.
      Arise, O Lord God, and lift up your hand;
   forget not the poor.