Prayer points and Bible References for today. Remember, prayer is an act of worship & submission to God. It is a way you ask God to step in, take charge and continue to lead you on the right path. As you worship the Almighty God using this daily prayer point, believe in your heart that your victories for today are already established and no power or principalities can stop you in Jesus precious name, Amen
Today’s prayer focus: A Prayer Against the Temptation of Materialism
“No temptation has overtaken you except something common to mankind; and God is faithful, so He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13, NASB ).
The other day, I saw a post on Instagram that said, “I saw it. I liked. I bought it. Now hide it!” Although this graphic was created to make people chuckle, it truly made me sad how much these words speak to how consumed with consumerism we are.
In our current society, you cannot use your phone without being sucked into the black hole of materialism. “Sponsored” posts advertising non-stop on our social media accounts and bloggers who are full-time marketing tools for companies filling up your feed. It seems like you can’t really escape it anymore. Do you feel the pull to buy more of what is before your eyes because someone else has it? Click “add to cart” and “check out?”
If you don’t need it, why are you buying it? Do you covet what another has? These are questions I have asked myself countless times because the temptation of materialism has been a struggle in my own life. #Targetmademedoit #Influenced have become a reality in my life more often than I care to admit.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE AND PRAYER FOR TODAY
You know, it is often a joke among women that we hide our Amazon Prime packages or shopping bags from our husbands like it is a secret behavior that all women do that is totally normal. But sister, this is so wrong. And quite frankly, it is a sin. How can we be in unity with our spouse if we are literally hiding something from them? Why do we make jokes about that? Let’s call this what it is, and admit we have a problem. This behavior of materialism is rooted in covetousness, and it is not a joking matter to God.
Covetousness is a strong desire to have that which belongs to another. It is considered to be a very grievous offense in Scripture. The tenth commandment forbids coveting anything that belongs to a neighbor, including his house, his wife, his servants, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to him (Exodus 20:17). Jesus listed covetousness or greed along with many of the sins from within the sermon on the Mount. This graphic on Instagram isn’t cute and should reveal to us the matter of our heart. Do you wrestle with impulsively buying things you don’t need? I do, too. Big time.
But just because we are tempted by something doesn’t mean we have not been given help to escape. 1 Corinthians 10:13 promises us:
“No temptation has overtaken you except something common to mankind; and God is faithful, [e]so He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13, NASB).
The temptation is strong and may seem like it surrounds us at every corner, but God can help us overcome it. He always provides a way out. Let’s keep our eyes on that escape and ask the Lord for strength when temptation comes. Let us also learn how to confess when we are tempted and hold each other accountable, sisters.
PRAYER FOR TODAY 14TH JULY 2022.
Materialism and consumerism constantly bombard us. I admit that I have been overtaken by the tidal wave of temptation to buy things that I do not need. Instead of budgeting for items, I have made impulse purchases. I ask You to help me when I face the temptation to buy things that I don’t need or perhaps want because someone else has it. I may be tempted by materialism, but I do not have to act upon it and sin against You. Help me see these things clearly, Father.
I trust that You provide all of my needs. I ask for you to help me steward my finances and help me to be content with what you have given me. Thank You for Your grace to overcome this temptation and for always providing an escape for me.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
This Is the Assurance of Answers to Your Prayers – Matthew 7:7-11
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN GIVE GOOD THINGS TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM!
Today’s Prayer is written by: Emily Rose Massey
Please pray with all your heart and remember to share these prayer points with someone. Have a blessed day as you pray!