Third Sunday in Lent
WE beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For this week in Lent, we ask God to “look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants.” Our hearty desires are from a penitent heart. In the collect prayer for Ash Wednesday, those that are in a state of penitence are in a state of humility. When we pray, do we do so in humility? When we pray, do we do so in pride? Humility implies always coming to prayer first in a state of penitence. Pride implies coming to prayer in a state of self-absorption. The hearty desires of the humble center upon Christ through repentance and a deep desire for God’s will to be done. Much of what we need to learn in Lent is that Christ is our only source of hope. This destroys pride and fosters humility. This places less and less trust in self for our defense and more and more trust in Christ to defend us.