Prayer for the Day – Wednesday 2 December

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O Lord our God,
make us watchful and keep us faithful
as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
that, when he shall appear,
he may not find us sleeping in sin
but active in his service
and joyful in his praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Isaiah 43.14–28
Thus says the Lord,
   your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
For your sake I will send to Babylon
   and break down all the bars,
   and the shouting of the Chaldeans will be turned to lamentation.
I am the Lord, your Holy One,
   the Creator of Israel, your King.
Thus says the Lord,
   who makes a way in the sea,
   a path in the mighty waters,
who brings out chariot and horse,
   army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
   they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
Do not remember the former things,
   or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing;
   now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
   and rivers in the desert.
The wild animals will honour me,
   the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
   rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
  the people whom I formed for myself
so that they might declare my praise.
Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob;
   but you have been weary of me, O Israel!
You have not brought me your sheep for burnt-offerings,
   or honoured me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with offerings,
   or wearied you with frankincense.
You have not bought me sweet cane with money,
   or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins;
   you have wearied me with your iniquities.
I, I am He
   who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,
   and I will not remember your sins.
Accuse me, let us go to trial;
   set forth your case, so that you may be proved right.
Your first ancestor sinned,
   and your interpreters transgressed against me.
Therefore I profaned the princes of the sanctuary,
   I delivered Jacob to utter destruction,
   and Israel to reviling.

Psalm 5
Give ear to my words, O Lord;
   consider my lamentation.
Hearken to the voice of my crying, my King and my God,
   for to you I make my prayer.
In the morning, Lord, you will hear my voice;
   early in the morning I make my appeal to you, and look up.
For you are the God who takes no pleasure in wickedness;
   no evil can dwell with you.
The boastful cannot stand in your sight;
   you hate all those that work wickedness.
You destroy those who speak lies;
   the bloodthirsty and deceitful the Lord will abhor.
But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy,
      I will come into your house;
   I will bow down towards your holy temple in awe of you.
Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness,
      because of my enemies;
   make your way straight before my face.
For there is no truth in their mouth,
      in their heart is destruction,
   their throat is an open sepulchre,
      and they flatter with their tongue.
Punish them, O God;
   let them fall through their own devices.
Because of their many transgressions cast them out,
   for they have rebelled against you.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
   let them sing out their joy for ever.
You will shelter them,
   so that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
   and with your favour you will defend them as with a shield.