A Lenten Collect to Eschew Seeking Glory and Authority

Lord Jesus Christ, who knows what it is to be tempted as you were also tempted in the wilderness, shield us from the lure of worldly power and authority and the glory of being in charge of many things. Give us servants’ hearts, that we would not seek the highest place but would serve as you served in obedience to the Father, through you who reigns with the Father and Holy Spirit. Amen. ‘And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’”‘ – Luke 4:6-8