Prayer for the Day – Thursday 3 September

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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 7.24–30
From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ But she answered him, ‘Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ Then he said to her, ‘For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.’ So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

From Psalm 116
    I love the Lord,
      for he has heard the voice of my supplication;
   because he inclined his ear to me
      on the day I called to him.
    The snares of death encompassed me;
      the pains of hell took hold of me;
   by grief and sorrow was I held.
    Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
   ‘O Lord, I beg you, deliver my soul.’
    Gracious is the Lord and righteous;
   our God is full of compassion.
    The Lord watches over the simple;
   I was brought very low and he saved me.
    Turn again to your rest, O my soul,
   for the Lord has been gracious to you.