We’ve talked this week about money and greed. I’d like to end today with a prayer. Would you pray audibly with me?
Dear Lord, we both know my soul is too anxious—not just today, but all the time. I want to change that, but I don’t know how. Will you help me? Would you give me wisdom in regard to my finances and peace in regard to my possessions? I don’t know where I’d be without you, Father… so why do I keep walking away? What is it in me that believes that something other than knowing You can satisfy my deepest desires? Why do I take three steps forward and two steps back, time and again? Why do I trust my own cleverness? Why do I think I can do life on my own?
You’re the treasure, Lord Jesus. Nothing else; no one else. You’re my security, not my finances. You’re the prize. I want so badly to believe that every day of my life. Would you help me? I’ve got to get this right; I know I do, but I just feel so inadequate. So many failures. So many lies believed about money and possessions. Sometimes I feel like a lost cause.
I guess what I need, Lord, is grace. Even as I say that, I sense Your response: "Yes child, that’s true, so I will give you grace… again. That’s Who I am, you know. Listen, dear one, stop your striving. Lay your goals, dreams, and aspirations at My feet. Just let them all crumble into a big old pile of dust. Then I’ll do something remarkable; I’ll help you rebuild them. You see, sometimes we must have a breaking before we can have a breakthrough. Today we’ll do the breaking, and tomorrow we’ll begin the breakthrough."
Thank you, Lord, for new beginnings! What’s that I hear you saying? You’re smiling? I can’t imagine, Lord, but give me the grace to try. Amen. :)
Pray the prayer from this devo today, tomorrow, and Sunday. Let this conversation with Jesus settle the truth of His deep love for you into your heart and mind.