A Lenten Collect to No Longer Need Mortal Recognition

Lord Jesus Christ, who’s heart is ever devoted to the Father, we long for esteem and praise and the admiration of others, for our hearts are empty. Heal the leaking and broken cisterns of our hearts, that we might be filled with your love and the Holy Spirit and have no need of others’ recognition, being seen by the Lord, through you who reigns from heaven with the Father and Holy Spirit. Amen. “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.” – Matthew 6:5