A Collect for Humility
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” - Luke 14:8-11 (ESV)
Lord of wisdom, who took the lowest place and has been exalted to the right hand of the Father, help us to follow in your ways, setting aside our need for honor and esteem, and be willing to be lowly, trusting that you will honor us at the right time and according to your plan and desire for us, through you who lives and reigns with the Father and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.