Friday, September 25, 2009

On Our Hearts: Covetousness

Heavenly Father,

Why is it that we long for what we cannot have? That new car, the bigger house, the luxury vacations - society tells us we must have it all. Everywhere we go we're being told that what we have is just not enough. We sometimes not only want to keep up with the Joneses, but with the Rockefellers and the Trumps as well.

Lord, we ask that you remove the desire to covet our neighbors' things. Instead fill us with an appreciation for what we already have. The Bible tells us that a desire for worldly things does not come from You but from the world. We pray that You will cleanse our soul and fill us with a desire for You, God. Let us crave Your word as we have craved that new car. Let us desire to praise You with our words rather than that new high tech cell phone. And Lord, let us yearn for Your eternal love instead of the approval of strangers. We pray that our lives will be in accordance with Your will and that we will reap the blessing You have for us.


"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." 1 John 2:15-17

"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'" Hebrews 13:5

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