Prayer During the Day (Contemporary) on Thursday 18 January 2024

Prayer During the Day (Contemporary) on Thursday 18 January 2024

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Prayer During the Day Epiphany Season Thursday, 18 January 2024

Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, Spiritual Writer, 1951 [Commemoration] First Day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

With you, O God, is the well of life
and in your light shall we see light.

cf Psalm 36.9


A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise or

Christ Jesus was revealed in the flesh
and vindicated in the spirit.

He was seen by angels
and proclaimed among the nations.

Believed in throughout the world,
he was taken up in glory.

This will be made manifest at the proper time
by the blessed and only Sovereign,

Who alone has immortality,
and dwells in unapproachable light.

To the King of kings and Lord of lords
be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.

I Timothy 3.16; 6.15,16

The Word of God


Either, Thursday Psalm 132.10-19


Or, on any day Psalm 72.10-15

Alternatively, when Morning and Evening Prayer are also celebrated, one of these cycles may be followed.

Psalm 132.10-19
Refrain:Arise, O Lord, into your resting place.

10 For your servant David’s sake, ♦
turn not away the face of your anointed.

11 The Lord has sworn an oath to David, ♦
a promise from which he will not shrink:

12 ‘Of the fruit of your body ♦
shall I set upon your throne.

13 ‘If your children keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them, ♦
their children also shall sit upon your throne for evermore.’

14 For the Lord has chosen Zion for himself; ♦
he has desired her for his habitation:

15 ‘This shall be my resting place for ever; ♦
here will I dwell, for I have longed for her.

16 ‘I will abundantly bless her provision; ♦
her poor will I satisfy with bread.

17 ‘I will clothe her priests with salvation, ♦
and her faithful ones shall rejoice and sing.

18 ‘There will I make a horn to spring up for David; ♦
I will keep a lantern burning for my anointed.

19 ‘As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; ♦
but on him shall his crown be bright.’

Refrain:Arise, O Lord, into your resting place.

Jesus, Son of David,
make us a priestly people;
clothe us in righteousness,
make us fruitful,
and give us hearts to shout for joy in your salvation;
we pray in the power of the Spirit.


Psalm 72.10-15
Refrain:The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice.

10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute; ♦
the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts.

11 All kings shall fall down before him; ♦
all nations shall do him service.

12 For he shall deliver the poor that cry out, ♦
the needy and those who have no helper.

13 He shall have pity on the weak and poor; ♦
he shall preserve the lives of the needy.

14 He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, ♦
and dear shall their blood be in his sight.

15 Long may he live;
unto him may be given gold from Sheba; ♦
may prayer be made for him continually
and may they bless him all the day long.

Refrain:The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice.

May your kingdom come, O God,
with deliverance for the needy,
with peace for the righteous,
with overflowing blessing for all nations,
with glory, honour and praise
for Christ, the only Saviour.

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Short readings

Either, Thursday
You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ — if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Romans 8.15-17

Or, on any day in Epiphany
Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’

John 8.12


Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as

Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

Matthew 5.5


Prayers may include these concerns:

¶ The unity of the Church
¶ The peace of the world
¶ The healing of the sick
¶ The revelation of Christ to those from whom his glory is hidden
¶ All who travel

A form of intercession found here may be used.

Either, the following prayer is said

O good Jesus,
Word of the Father and
brightness of his glory,
whom angels desire to behold:
teach me to do your will
that, guided by your Spirit,
I may come to that blessed city of
everlasting day,
where all are one in heart and mind,
where there is safety and eternal peace,
happiness and delight,
where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
world without end.

after Gregory the Great (604)

Or, the Collect of the day is said

Almighty God,
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Lord’s Prayer is said.


As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

The Conclusion

May the light of Christ our Lord shine in all our hearts.

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