A Collect to Remove Selfishness from our Prayer

Lord Jesus, who speaks truth to world, keep us from selfishness and deviousness, attempting to work our relationship with you for our own gain, that you would not have reason to hide from us and would remain open to our prayers, engaged in conversation and showing us your love, through you who reigns with the Father and Holy Spirit in glory. Amen. ‘ Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.’ – Matthew 21:24-27