Join us today as we meditate on God’s word and pray . . .
“Two things I asked of you, do not refuse me before I die; keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion. That I not be full and deny You and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.”
Father, You know the damage that deception and lies do to break relationships. When I don’t know what is true, and what is not, I cannot trust another person. I ask that You reveal what is true, and what is not, for You know everything. I also ask You to keep me from using deception and lies. It is easy to resort to these tools to avoid conflict, but they just postpone conflict, not avoid it.
I don’t ask You for riches, an abundance of money and physical treasures, for I know that they do not satisfy. When I have an abundance of wealth, I start thinking I am the one responsible for earning it, and my attitude of gratitude becomes pride.
I don’t ask You for poverty. Neediness forces me to rely on You for daily sustenance, which makes me uncomfortable. I like to know where I am going, and how I am going to get there. You promise to meet my needs, one day at a time. Please give me patience. I am weak, and I might steal to fill my unmet needs. Yes, even I, might resort to blatant sin, in the face of extreme neediness. This action would disagree with my claims to trust in You.
You are my Provider and Sustainer. In You I trust.
[Prayer by Gail Peo]