Sunday, February 14

Collect for the First Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and as you know the weakness of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save through Jesus Christ your son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

When praying this prayer, the song we often sing in worship, Mighty to Save, immediately comes to my mind, and the chorus begins to run through my head.

“My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever, author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave.”

How often do we sing these words with great enthusiasm, but really fail to let the words Mighty to Save sink deep into our spirit and our everyday life?

Then, we leave worship only to be assaulted by worries, doubts, and temptations both great and small about today, and in the future.  We quickly forget the words we just sang that our God is mighty to save us not just in our everyday trials and temptations but forever.  He saves us because his son, Jesus conquered death and the grave for us.

God is the author of our salvation through his son Jesus for all who believe and follow him.  Our God is mighty to save us today and for all eternity.  Thank him this Lenten season for sending his son, our mighty risen king, to conquer the grave and because of Him, we have nothing to fear in our everyday life and the next.

“So take me as you find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
Now I surrender.”

Lord, when everyday worries and temptations assault me, help me to surrender to you and to remember that you are the one who is mighty to save and that because your son, Jesus, conquered the grave, we too have conquered the grave for all who put their faith in him.   Amen

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