Prayer Topic #11:

A Prayer about Materialism

 

Scripture Reading

Psalm 146, Matthew 6:19-34

Reflections of the Heart:

It’s okay to possess things, but do your things possess you?  Jesus said, “A person is a fool to store up earthly wealth, but not have a rich relationship with God.”  Luke 12:21 (NLT)

Scriptural Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we honor Your Name.  Thank You for supplying all of our needs from Your glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Thank You, for knowing what we stand in need of, even before we ask.  Thank You for being the best portion—in You is fullness of joy.  Thank You for allowing us to be in relationship with You, the Great I AM.  Lord, Your Name endures forever; Your fame is known to every generation.  You give justice to Your people and have compassion on Your servants.  Lord, You are righteous in everything that You do; You are filled with kindness.  We praise You Lord.  May everyone on earth bless Your holy Name forever and ever.

Exalted Father, as a Church Family, we declare that we will not store treasures here on earth where moths and rust can destroy them and thieves can break in and steal them.  We purpose that our treasures are stored in heaven where they cannot be destroyed or stolen.  We will beware and guard against every kind of greed because we know that life is not measured by how much we own.  Lord, we confess that life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.  Therefore, we will seek Your Kingdom above all else and live righteously, knowing that You will give us everything we need.  Lord, we confess that we will not trust in uncertain riches, but we will trust in You, the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.  We will be a Church Family that will continue to do good works and we will be ready to give and share with others.

Holy Spirit, please help us to spend wisely and not excessively.  Please break the bondage of conspicuous consumption over our nation.  Help us to be better stewards of the resources You have blessed us with.  Help us to be more disciplined with our lifestyles.  Teach us how to establish and maintain budgets.  Guide parents as they teach their children how to establish Godly monetary habits.  Father, help us to learn to be content with what we have instead of always wanting more.  Help those who are in financial trouble.  Many need a miracle in their finances and we ask for Your intervention.

Holy Spirit, show me what “things” I have made into an idol and help me to release them:

Righteous Father, please forgive us for greed, selfish ambition, idolatry, conceit and arrogance.  Forgive us for loving things and placing them over You.  Forgive us for not being good stewards of Your blessings.  As a Church Family, we renounce any gods of materialism (be specific and list those things).  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person (s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, help us all not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

Triumphant King, You are the Lord who created the heaven and the earth and put everything in place.  You made the world to be lived in and not a place of empty chaos.  You are the Lord and there is no other.  Every knee will bend to You, and every tongue will confess allegiance to You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

Scripture References for the Written Text:

Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:8, Psalm 16:11 NKJV, Psalm 135:13-14, Psalm 145:17,21, Matthew 6:19-20, Luke 12:15, Luke 12:23, Matthew 6:33, I Timothy 6:17-18, Matthew 6:13, Isaiah 45:18,23b

Today, I will trust God to:

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