Let us pray (in silence) [to follow Christ more closely]
God of the desert,
Jesus was led by the Spirit
to fast forty days in the wilderness
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin;
give us grace to observe the disciplines of Lent;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer,
who is alive with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Sadly (and surprisingly), on the First Sunday in Lent, a day that so many churches and denominations celebrate the same event with the same readings, we do not have a shared collect. My collect attempts to draw from several different ones into a coherent whole.
Here is my commentary for this collect for Lent 1.