A Lenten Collect to Relinquish Our Idols

Almighty God, who rescues those who are in bondage, search our hearts and reveal to us those gods and idols that we worship wrongly, usurping the devotion that belongs to you, that we would relinquish our false gods and look to you for provision, care, and the satisfaction of our souls, through Jesus Christ, who through the power of the Holy Spirit was glorified and sits at your right hand. Amen. ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.’ – Exodus 20:2-3 “Search me, O God, and know my heart.” We all have idols that we cling to in the belief that they can keep us safe or happy. Sometimes we’re not even entirely aware of them. Are there idols – things that we look to for help or rescue or provision – that God is asking you to set aside? Or maybe just to recognize for now? Listen to the Spirit for a few moments and see what he may be saying.