Love of Money

“But those who want to get rich
fall into temptation
and a snare
and many foolish and harmful desires
which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil,
and some by longing for it
have wandered away from the faith
and pierced themselves with many griefs.
But flee from these things, you man of God,
and pursue righteousness,
godliness,
faith,
love, 
perseverance and 
gentleness.”
1 Timothy 6:9-11

Father in heaven,

You have shown me so many good and perfect things. You hold indescribable treasures in store for the faithful. Truly, anything on earth would pale in comparison to the glorious riches in heaven.

Yet, I confess that when I take my eyes off You, I am drawn to many beautiful things on earth.

When I take my eyes off You, my focus is on now rather than eternity.

When I take my eyes off You, I want more for the journey instead of the destination.

Father, thank You for showing me the danger of longing for money. It is a lure that entices so many with promises of things of great beauty and wonderful treasures to hold. I have seen those things not satisfy as promised, but leave instead a desire for increasingly more or bettter things. I have seen and been guilty of working for “more” to the point I neglected kingdom work.

Give me vision today, Lord, to focus on You.

Give me vision to see the eternity that awaits.

Give me vision to complete my work here as a good strong soldier.

May my eyes never be clouded with desire for wealth but be filled with desire for things of far surpassing value – “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.”

May the things of the world never again distract me from the King of the world.

I pray these things in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

 

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