Prayer for the Day – Saturday 31 October

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.

Isaiah 40.27–31
     Why do you say, O Jacob,
   and speak, O Israel,
‘My way is hidden from the Lord,
   and my right is disregarded by my God’?
     Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
   his understanding is unsearchable.
     He gives power to the faint,
   and strengthens the powerless.
     Even youths will faint and be weary,
   and the young will fall exhausted;
     but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
   they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
   they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 1
    Blessed are they who have not walked
      in the counsel of the wicked,
   nor lingered in the way of sinners,
      nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.
    Their delight is in the law of the Lord
   and they meditate on his law day and night.
    Like a tree planted by streams of water
      bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither,
   whatever they do, it shall prosper.
    As for the wicked, it is not so with them;
   they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
    Therefore the wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement,
   nor the sinner in the congregation of the righteous.
    For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked shall perish.