your Son left the riches of heaven
and became poor for our sake:
when we prosper save us from pride,
when we are needy save us from despair,
that we may trust in you alone;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In this Collect we are asking for God's strength to follow the
example of Jesus so that we do not become proud when we have plenty
- when we 'prosper'. We also ask God to 'save us from despair' or
give us hope, when we are in need. The end of the prayer reminds us
that when we ask these things we need to remember the value of
trust, especially trust in God.
(Collect for use during Trinity)