O LORD God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing we do; Mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Owning that we cannot put trust in anything we do, we move to the last part of this prayer. Essentially, since we cannot trust the things we do to save us, we come to the point that we can survive and live only through the mercy of God. We ask here that the Lord would mercifully defend us by His power against all adversity. How do we approach adversity as Christians? Do we first take the default route that comes with our propensity to sin? Such is to first attempt to muscle through in our own power and strength through adversity. We have it ingrained in us from a very early age to dig deep within to find the power and fortitude to get through tough times alone. Then, after exhausting ourselves in powering through solo, we finally ask for the Lord’s strength and help. Rather, if our approach is Biblical and Christ-centered, we will turn to Jesus Christ first when adversities hit us. We will ask for His strength and His power to defend us as we endure through Him. This is not an escapist mentality to avoid adversity. No, it is an honest prayer about our limitations to ask for the Lord’s power to defend us and preserve us against all adversity. As we prepare for Lent, let this prayer inform our spiritual disciplines and resolve to depend more upon Christ through all we face, where ever we may be in life.