Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ has overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee that, as by thy special grace preceding us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
We live in light of Christ’s Resurrection, opening to us the gate of everlasting life as we pray in this Collect prayer. The rest of this prayer speaks to how the Lord enables us to live as becomes His redeemed people. God does not tell us after saving us with His Son’s sacrifice to figure the rest of it out in the hopes that we might be able to hang on in our own works to make it to heaven. No, Jesus accomplished all for us. In such, we in humility and gratitude for what He has done live a life of humility, not of self-reliance. The path of the Christian is path of reliance upon Christ for all things. This is why we pray that God’s special grace would precede us to put into our minds good desires. In this asking for this grace of such good desires, we ask also for His continual help to bring His good desires to good effect in life. This is all to His glory and honor, pointing others to Jesus Christ and His salvation by grace through faith. If we find that our desires are not good, we need to ask ourselves if we are praying for God’s special grace to have good desires in the first place. Salvation by the finished work of Christ and His resurrection to open eternal life to us is not a barely get in the door thing. We brought into Christ and the benefits He has secured for us fully and completely. The call of life upon the Christian is not trying to figure out clever ways to keep what was given through our own works, but humility in asking and relying on His grace for all things throughout life.