we have entered the wilderness of Lent
and temptations are all around us.
From outside and from within
we are tempted to abandon your Word
and replace it with lies of our own.
We confess that we have not trusted you as we should.
Through both our action and our inaction
we have failed to trust your Word
and believe your promise of salvation.
Forgive us, merciful God, and hear now our prayer.
God of steadfast love,
you alone are our refuge and our strength.
Help us to answer your call
and live as ones who hope and trust in you.
Give us the courage to follow the path of your Son
and trust your everlasting Word.
Bestow upon us the faith to answer temptation with trust
and to rely upon your goodness and grace.
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