Prayer for the Day – Saturday 1 August

Generous God,
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Isaiah 55.1-7
Ho, everyone who thirsts,
   come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
   come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
   without money and without price.
 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
   and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
   and delight yourselves in rich food.
 Incline your ear, and come to me;
   listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
   my steadfast, sure love for David.
 See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
   a leader and commander for the peoples.
 See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
   and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
   for he has glorified you.
 Seek the Lord while he may be found,
   call upon him while he is near;
 let the wicked forsake their way,
   and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
   and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

from Psalm 69
      But as for me, I make my prayer to you, O Lord;
   at an acceptable time, O God.
      Answer me, O God, in the abundance of your mercy
   and with your sure salvation.
      Draw me out of the mire, that I sink not;
   let me be rescued from those who hate me
      and out of the deep waters.
      Let not the water flood drown me,
      neither the deep swallow me up;
   let not the Pit shut its mouth upon me.
      Answer me, Lord, for your loving-kindness is good;
   turn to me in the multitude of your mercies.
      Hide not your face from your servant;
   be swift to answer me, for I am in trouble.
      Draw near to my soul and redeem me;
   deliver me because of my enemies.