O LORD, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
Pre-Lent, three weeks before Lent, is no longer widely practiced in the historic Church. Where we do observe these additional weeks of penitence, we need to take advantage in terms of how we can rely upon God’s forgiving love. In the Collect Prayer for this week, we ask that the Lord would favorably hear the prayers of His people. All of life in Christ involves such seeking. We come as sinners in need of God’s forgiveness and favor. As Christians, we are God’s people. In Christ, we have access to God through prayer to beseech Him for all our needs. As the children of God, we live in a unique status with full access to ask for the Lord’s favor. Such a status as bestowed upon us through Jesus Christ is wonderful in a world full of despair. This world is full of orphans in a spiritual sense. Without Christ, the status is that of outcasts, hopeless orphans. When God brings us into His Church, the Body of Christ, that original status of sin is forever abolished in the finished work of Christ. In this new life, we are called to pray without ceasing for all our needs. Our lives in Christ are often that of learning what it means to be dependent upon God for all things. Pre-Lent and the Collect Prayer for the week of Septuagesima is one such opportunity to own the point we need Christ and that our prayers are heard through Him.