Prayer for the Day – Thursday 19 November

Eternal God,
who made the abbess Hilda to shine like a jewel in our land
and through her holiness and leadership
   blessed your Church with new life and unity:
help us, like her, to yearn for the gospel of Christ
and to reconcile those who are divided;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Daniel 9.20-27
While I was speaking, and was praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God on behalf of the holy mountain of my God— while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen before in a vision, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. He came and said to me, ‘Daniel, I have now come out to give you wisdom and understanding. At the beginning of your supplications a word went out, and I have come to declare it, for you are greatly beloved. So consider the word and understand the vision:
‘Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city: to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. Know therefore and understand: from the time that the word went out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the time of an anointed prince, there shall be seven weeks; and for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with streets and moat, but in a troubled time. After the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing, and the troops of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. He shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall make sacrifice and offering cease; and in their place shall be an abomination that desolates, until the decreed end is poured out upon the desolator.’

Psalm 62
    On God alone my soul in stillness waits;
   from him comes my salvation.
    He alone is my rock and my salvation,
   my stronghold, so that I shall never be shaken.
    How long will all of you assail me to destroy me,
   as you would a tottering wall or a leaning fence?
    They plot only to thrust me down from my place of honour;
      lies are their chief delight;
   they bless with their mouth, but in their heart they curse.
    Wait on God alone in stillness, O my soul;
   for in him is my hope.
    He alone is my rock and my salvation,
   my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
    In God is my strength and my glory;
   God is my strong rock; in him is my refuge.
    Put your trust in him always, my people;
   pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
    The peoples are but a breath,
      the whole human race a deceit;
   on the scales they are altogether lighter than air.
      Put no trust in oppression; in robbery take no empty pride;
   though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
      God spoke once, and twice have I heard the same,
   that power belongs to God.
      Steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord,
   for you repay everyone according to their deeds.