Prayer for the Day – Friday 11 December

Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him
in the humility and purity of his first coming
that, when he comes again,
we may be ready to greet him
with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Isaiah 48.12-22
Listen to me, O Jacob,
   and Israel, whom I called:
I am He; I am the first,
   and I am the last.
My hand laid the foundation of the earth,
   and my right hand spread out the heavens;
when I summon them,
   they stand at attention.
Assemble, all of you, and hear!
   Who among them has declared these things?
The Lord loves him;
   he shall perform his purpose on Babylon,
   and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans.
I, even I, have spoken and called him,
   I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way.
Draw near to me, hear this!
   From the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
   from the time it came to be I have been there.
And now the Lord God has sent me and his spirit.
Thus says the Lord,
   your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
I am the Lord your God,
   who teaches you for your own good,
   who leads you in the way you should go.
O that you had paid attention to my commandments!
   Then your prosperity would have been like a river,
   and your success like the waves of the sea;
your offspring would have been like the sand,
   and your descendants like its grains;
their name would never be cut off
   or destroyed from before me.
Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea,
   declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it,
send it forth to the end of the earth;
   say, ‘The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!’
They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts;
   he made water flow for them from the rock;
   he split open the rock and the water gushed out.
‘There is no peace’, says the Lord, ‘for the wicked.’

Psalm 85
    Lord, you were gracious to your land;
   you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
    You forgave the offence of your people
   and covered all their sins.
    You laid aside all your fury
   and turned from your wrathful indignation.
    Restore us again, O God our Saviour,
   and let your anger cease from us.
    Will you be displeased with us for ever?
   Will you stretch out your wrath from one generation to another?
    Will you not give us life again,
   that your people may rejoice in you?
    Show us your mercy, O Lord,
   and grant us your salvation.
    I will listen to what the Lord God will say,
   for he shall speak peace to his people and to the faithful,
      that they turn not again to folly.
    Truly, his salvation is near to those who fear him,
   that his glory may dwell in our land.
      Mercy and truth are met together,
   righteousness and peace have kissed each other;
      Truth shall spring up from the earth
   and righteousness look down from heaven.
      The Lord will indeed give all that is good,
   and our land will yield its increase.
      Righteousness shall go before him
   and direct his steps in the way.