Prayer for the Day – Thursday 29 October

Collect
Merciful God,
teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,
that trusting in your word
and obeying your will
we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Philippians 4.2–23
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it.Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. In any case, it was kind of you to share my distress.
You Philippians indeed know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone. For even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me help for my needs more than once. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that accumulates to your account. I have been paid in full and have more than enough; I am fully satisfied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The friends who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of the emperor’s household.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Psalm 143
    Hear my prayer, O Lord,
      and in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications;
   answer me in your righteousness.
    Enter not into judgement with your servant,
   for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
    For the enemy has pursued me,
      crushing my life to the ground,
   making me sit in darkness like those long dead.
    My spirit faints within me;
   my heart within me is desolate.
    I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds;
   I consider the works of your hands.
    I stretch out my hands to you;
   my soul gasps for you like a thirsty land.
    O Lord, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me;
   hide not your face from me
      lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.
    Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
      for in you I put my trust;
   show me the way I should walk in,
      for I lift up my soul to you.
    Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies,
   for I flee to you for refuge.
      Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God;
   let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.
      Revive me, O Lord, for your name’s sake;
   for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.
      In your faithfulness, slay my enemies,
      and destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
   for truly I am your servant.