A Collect to Find Better Ways

Great King of kings, commander of the hosts of heaven, open our eyes to see better ways of achieving our ends, that we might not destroy ourselves striving after that which we cannot attain, but would still receive that which we need, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. ‘Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace.’ – Luke 14:31-32