Prayer for the Day – Thursday 13 August

We beseech thee, Almighty God,
look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants,
and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty,
to be our defence against all our enemies;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Matthew 18.21–35
Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.” And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, “Pay what you owe.” Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.” But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, “You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you?” And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’

From Psalm 56
    Have mercy on me, O God, for they trample over me;
   all day long they assault and oppress me.
    My adversaries trample over me all the day long;
   many are they that make proud war against me.
    In the day of my fear I put my trust in you,
   in God whose word I praise.
    In God I trust, and will not fear,
   for what can flesh do to me?
    All day long they wound me with words;
   their every thought is to do me evil.
    They stir up trouble; they lie in wait;
   marking my steps, they seek my life.
    Shall they escape for all their wickedness?
   In anger, O God, cast the peoples down.
    You have counted up my groaning;
      put my tears into your bottle;
   are they not written in your book?
    Then shall my enemies turn back
      on the day when I call upon you;
   this I know, for God is on my side.
      In God whose word I praise,
      in the Lord whose word I praise,
   in God I trust and will not fear:
      what can flesh do to me?