Collect Meditation for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany Part II

O GOD, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the second part of this Collect, we pray for the help we need in light of the facts of the first half of the Collect Prayer. Since we cannot always stand upright, we ask that God would grant us strength, protection, and support in all dangers. In the frailty of our nature where we cannot always stand tall against dangers, we ask for help, for God’s grace in Jesus Christ to move through dangers by Christ’s strength, by Christ’s protection, and Christ’s support. We do not ask for God’s help as if asking a doctor to give us a shot to boost our energies to make it through a harrowing time by our own strength, protection, and support. No, we ask for His help in Jesus Christ to move through these times with us, abiding in us through the Holy Spirit. Yes, the dangers of this life will take a toll on our bodies. In Christ, it matters not what man does to the body. For, we are the Lord’s children and will be preserved forevermore in His loving protection with the promise of the resurrection. We also ask for these graces to “carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” Sometime if we feel elated that we are making it through rough and dangerous times pretty well, we can let our spiritual guard down to the point we succumb to temptations. We pray for help through dangers and temptations. These two often act in concert against us. If our bodies are worn down through dangers, then sometimes we are weaker to face temptations. If our bodies make it through dangers well and we feel good, we are also sometimes weaker to face temptations due to pride. We must be wary of both and pray for the strength, protection, and support in all our dangers to carry us through all temptations through Jesus Christ.