A Collect for Faith when Tempted to Despair

Blessed Jesus, anointed one and savior of all people, we are tempted at times to give in to futility and despair. Grant us greater faith to turn to you in trust, to follow you into the struggle, and to watch with anticipation what you will do, through you who with the Father are lord of life and death through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”‘ – Mark 5:35-36