Materialism

A Prayer about Materialism

Scripture Reading

Psalm 93, Matthew 6:19-34

Reflections of the Heart:

“A materialistic culture implies that superficial things are fulfilling and bring happiness.  We may experience happiness for a short period, but it will not fulfill our deepest needs.  Our needs can be met in only one way, and that is through a relationship with Christ.  He is the constant in a world filled with so many lies and inconsistencies.”  Christian Paths to Health and Wellness

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, 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 proclaim that 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 declare that 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 confess that we will continue to do good works and we will be ready to give and be willing to share.

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.  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 show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “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 to not yield to temptation; but, deliver us from the evil one.

You are the Almighty God, the One who is and who always was.  You have assumed Your great power and have begun to reign.  Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty.  Just and true are Your ways, O king of the nations.  Who will not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your Name?  You alone are holy.  All the nations will come and worship before You; for Your righteous deeds have been revealed.  Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

Scripture References for the Written Text:  Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:8, 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, Revelation 11:17, Revelation 15:3-4  

Today, I will trust God to:

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