Have you ever pondered what the Collects of the Church confess about us?
"because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing" - Trinity 1
"without whom nothing is strong and nothing is holy"- Trinity 3
"we, who cannot do anything that is good without You" - Trinity 8
"more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than we either desire or deserve" - Trinity 11
"by Your gift alone Your people faithful people render true and laudable service" - Trinity 12
"because of our frailty we cannot but fall" - Trinity 14
"because she [the Church] cannot continue in safety without Your aid"- Trinity 15
"because without You we are not able to please You" - Trinity 18
"absolve Your people from the bonds of our sins, which by reason of our frailty we have brought upon ourselves" - Trinity 23
"we, who put no trust in our own merits, may not be dealt with by the severity of Your judgment, but according to Your mercy" - Trinity 25
It is an honest confession of human impotence in the face of sin, frailty in the face of temptation, weakness in spite of our Lord's grace. And so we plead ever for more grace, more mercy, more strength and kindness from Him who alone is our salvation and our eternal help.
Most of these collects are pre-Reformation. It is not just the Reformation that noted the damage original sin had caused to our race. These little prayers that stand at the beginning of the Service of the Word in the Divine Service are testimonies to the simple truth about our human condition which Sacred Scripture testifies to and human beings steadfastly attempt to avoid facing.