Jul 16th, 2021
The Games We Play: Monopoly (Greed)
By: Gary Black
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Philippians 4:6 Don’t be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

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.

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