A Lenten Collect to Devote Ourselves First of All to God

You who are God alone, who forged the pillars of the earth and set them in place, keep our hearts from worshipping and devoting themselves to anything above you, that we would seek first of all your ways and your kingdom and trust that you will satisfy all that we desire, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit in joy forever and ever. Amen. ‘You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.’ – Ex. 20:4-6