Prayer for the Day – Saturday 22 August

God of our pilgrimage,
you have willed that the gate of mercy
should stand open for those who trust in you:
look upon us with your favour
that we who follow the path of your will
may never wander from the way of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 4.35–41
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’

Psalm 84
  How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
   My soul has a desire and longing to enter the courts of the Lord;
      my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
    The sparrow has found her a house
      and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young:
   at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
    Blessed are they who dwell in your house:
   they will always be praising you.
    Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
   in whose heart are the highways to Zion,
    Who going through the barren valley find there a spring,
   and the early rains will clothe it with blessing.
    They will go from strength to strength
   and appear before God in Zion.
    O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
   listen, O God of Jacob.
    Behold our defender, O God,
   and look upon the face of your anointed.
    For one day in your courts
   is better than a thousand.
      I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
   than dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
      For the Lord God is both sun and shield;
      he will give grace and glory;
   no good thing shall the Lord withhold
      from those who walk with integrity.
      O Lord God of hosts,
   blessed are those who put their trust in you.