A Collect to be Willing to Give to the Lord

Lord God, King above all kings and ruler of all that is, grant us willing hearts to give you what you are owed, even when we find it difficult, that we would honor you always and live well as citizens of your blessed kingdom and that our hearts might be changed to be desirous of doing your will, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit in glory and light perpetual. Amen. ‘”Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”‘ – Matthew 22:17-21