Prayer for the Day – Friday 4 September

Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things
   which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Mark 7.31-37
 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.’

Psalm 130
    Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord;
      Lord, hear my voice;
   let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
    If you, Lord, were to mark what is done amiss,
   O Lord, who could stand?
    But there is forgiveness with you,
   so that you shall be feared.
    I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;
   in his word is my hope.
    My soul waits for the Lord,
      more than the night watch for the morning,
   more than the night watch for the morning.
    O Israel, wait for the Lord,
   for with the Lord there is mercy;
    With him is plenteous redemption
   and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.