based on Matthew 4:1-11
Faithful God, at the beginning of this 40-day journey of introspection, we’re prepared to face our central temptations.
When we are tempted to abuse our privilege, may we instead be humble.
When we are tempted to exploit your name for prestige, may we instead heed our call to service.
When we are tempted to sacrifice our integrity for power, may we instead remember who you made us to be.
O God, we stand here at the edge of the Lenten wilderness wondering what we might encounter. May your angels attend us, and keep us faithful. Amen.