A Collect for Readiness to Respond to the Lord

God Almighty, whose timing is a mystery to all but yourself, help us to be ready for the moment when you call us, that we will not be caught unable to respond, but will readily go with you to both the work and the celebration you have prepared for us, through Jesus Christ, the bridegroom of the church, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit in glory. Amen. “The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’” – Matthew 25:8-12