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.
The last part of the Collect Prayer for the 3rd Sunday in Lent speaks of the right hand of God. We ask that the Lord would “stretch forth the right hand of thy majesty.” We believe that God aids us as our sole source of defense. If we go about with our heads in the clouds thinking we have no real enemies, we open ourselves up for great heartache. We face enemies that seek to tempt us away from Christ and His love. God in His mercy brings us prefect remission and forgiveness from our sins through Christ as pray in the Collect for Lent. This forgiveness defends us from the most common voice of attack. This voice is that we have to defend ourselves. When we resort to self-defense, we will fail. Often, our issue when asking for help is that we are not willing to wait on the Lord in steady and consistent prayer. Lent teaches us the value of steadiness and consistency in prayer. In the long term, the eternal, God alone protects us. When we neglect this or forget it through impatience, we place unnecessary strain upon ourselves. By grace through faith we wait on God and His perfect timing.