Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. . . . no one can serve two Masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. (Matthew 6:19-21, 24, NASB)
There is a temptation to focus our lives on the acquisition of wealth to make us secure. This temptation is sharp in Western societies where the ability to acquire wealth is much greater than in the survival societies of the third world. Still, even in poor cultures, it is difficult not to trust in material goods and possessions to ensure our future survival (or success). But the whole point of the Lord’s Prayer is that our lives are to be centered not “on earth,” but on the invasion of earth by heaven! Rather than asking heaven to guarantee our security, we are to live in such a way that the passing security of earth is rebuked by our God’s providing! To trust in the security of things “here” is to deny the security of things “up there.”
God must be our Master, and therefore must be trusted to meet our needs as we are about our Master’s business. Daily bread comes from God’s hands, not ours. Daily bread is a test to determine if we will obey our Lord.
–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka (Click on the title for more information on this resource).
Holy Spirit, please calm my anxious heart which always wants to be certain that everything is the way I think it should be. May I be completely submissive to Your plans and purposes and trust in Your ability rather than my own! Help me to surrender in complete obedience to the Master of heaven and earth.
Praise the God who cares even for the birds (Mt. 6:25-34). Give thanks that you can depend upon him completely to meet every need. Confess anything in your life which is rooted in pride and self-reliance. Commit yourself to not worrying about your life or about tomorrow. Ask the Father to help you to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness . . .” (6:33).
Ask that unsaved persons around you will realize the folly of building their lives on foundations of sand. Pray that they will build on the rock, Jesus Christ.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on title for more information about this resource).