Prepare our hearts, we pray, O Lord our God, by your divine power, so that at the coming of Christ your Son we may be found worthy of the banquet of eternal life and merit to receive heavenly nourishment from his hands. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
This prayer asks that Jesus make our hearts receptive to Himself. Specifically, the collect speaks of the preparation. Preparation for any worthwhile undertaking is essential. Any person who has had to pull building permits knows that without preparation no building project can begin. The same could be said of our lives. The difference, though, is that God does the preparatory work on our behalf. We call this the gift of His prevenient grace. Prevenient grace is the grace that prepares our hearts to cooperate with the divine plan. Whenever we sense the divine spark of God’s love calling us to do something, we have to follow the prompting to become fully equipped for the mission. I’m not sure where this quote comes from, but it helps get the point across, “God doesn’t call the equipped; God equips the called.” May each of follow the Lord’s promptings when they come!