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Summer Prayer Challenge, Thursday – Idols: The Love of Money and The American Dream

I don’t think I have to even explain this one in too much depth. In one way or another, I’d say most of us have struggled with this one. Whether it’s working far too many hours, ignoring family needs in order to “provide” or whether it’s never being happy with what we have, some way or another we have fallen into the trap of consumerism. I’ve met with people who’ve admitted that they can never feel joy when someone else gets something nice or new because they instantly want it too. And it’s no surprise either. Advertising tells us that these things bring us joy:

 That we will never be happy until_________

That we will never be secure unless____________

That we will have no friends, no lovers until I get that new_____________

That my children are missing out if they don’t have that ______________

In connecting with God today THANK HIM. For ALL he has given you. He’s provided you with your lot. I’m reminded of Psalm 16:5 “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Rest in the fact that he is your provider.

Then confess any areas that you have shown discontentment in.

Pray for family members. That they would find satisfaction in the Living God. That they would not become discontent in life, but keep praising God through the ups and downs. Pray specific things as well. I have hesitated to put a specific time for praying through these things but all I know is that prayers for individuals while we’re in a rush…are rushed. Find a time each day where you can give yourself a good hour with nothing on your schedule. This way you won’t rush even if it only takes up 15-20 mins of your day.

Finally pray for the church not to fall into the trap of the love of money. Reading Matthew 13, in the parable of the sower and the seeds, the passage is clear: those who follow the worries and cares of life, the deceitfulness of wealth WILL be unfruitful. We want to bear MUCH fruit. Pray whatever comes to mind on this topic.

I’m glad you could join me again today.

Love Always, Heather