Prayer for Wednesday 1 April

A short service of prayer for Wednesday 1 April 2020


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

My trust is in you, O Lord.
I have said, ‘You are my God.’


Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Psalm 143

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and in your faithfulness
give ear to my supplications;
answer me in your righteousness.

Enter not into judgement with your servant,
for in your sight shall no one living be justified.

For the enemy has pursued me, crushing my life to the ground,
making me sit in darkness like those long dead.

My spirit faints within me; 
my heart within me is desolate.

I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds;
I consider the works of your hands.

I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul gasps for you like a thirsty land.

O Lord, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me;
hide not your face from me
lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.

Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
for in you I put my trust;
show me the way I should walk in,
for I lift up my soul to you.

Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies,
for I flee to you for refuge.

Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God;
let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.

Revive me, O Lord, for your name’s sake;
for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.

In your faithfulness, slay my enemies,
and destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
for truly I am your servant.

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.


Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’  They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone.  What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free”?’ 

Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.  The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever.  So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.  I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word.  I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.’ 

They answered him, ‘Abraham is our father.’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing what Abraham did, but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.  This is not what Abraham did.  You are indeed doing what your father does.’ They said to him, ‘We are not illegitimate children; we have one father, God himself.’  Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me. 

John 8:31-42 (NRSV)


In the confidence of faith, let us pray to the Lord.

As the Church proclaims Christ, the Son of God, keep her faithful to his words and his example, and make her a witness to his truth.  Through the way of the Cross, may his people follow in the way of life.

Give wisdom to those in authority, so that they shall not abuse their power but shall honour the good, protect the helpless and spare the innocent.  May all who pass through this world look beyond their self-interest and find the true source of life.

Grant us patience and courage in times of difficulty and make us ready to share the burdens of those around us.  Make us ready to deny ourselves for the good of others.

Have mercy on the people whose crosses are heavy with sickness and sorrow, on the dying and the bereaved.  Bring them comfort and strength in the Lord who trod the way of suffering for the sake of all humanity.

Receive into eternal life those who have ended their journeys in this world.  May the Cross which guided them here be now the sign of their glory.

We pray in the name of Christ, the Son of Man in whom we are saved.

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you
for all the benefits that you have won for us,
for all the pains and insults that you have borne for us.
Most merciful redeemer,
friend and brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.  

The Lord’s Prayer

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.


May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,
set us free to serve him with joy.