God, we long for our own comfort; we want life that’s full and sure—
Stones to bread, right now, abundant; we forget what shall endure.
When we look to things around us for our pleasure, out of greed,
God, we pray that you’ll remind us: it’s your Word we really need.
We confess we push the limits; faith gives way to testing pride:
“Be dramatic, make a statement, prove that God is on your side.”
When we’re tempted to show others that you’ll do what we request,
God, remind us to be humble— not to put you to the test.
We bow down to what is evil to achieve the things we choose;
We don’t see when sin is subtle; we don’t see what we might lose.
May we look again to Jesus who, though tempted, turned from wrong.
By your Spirit, guide and lead us; keep us watchful, faithful, strong.
Biblical References: Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13
Tune: HOLY MANNA 188.8.131.52 D (“God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens”)
Alternate tune: RESTORATION, Walker’s Southern Harmony, 1835 (“Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”)
Text: Copyright © 2017 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.