Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Prayer for Sunday, April 17, 2011

“Your Heavenly Father Knows”

If a person has, as many people in this world do have, a legitimate lack of decent food to eat or decent water to drink or decent clothes to wear, then it is perfectly understandable and right that they would ask “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?”

The truth is that their heavenly Father has provided enough for them, too, but the truth also is that we who have plenty—and many if not most of those who have plenty profess to be Christians—choose to hoard, keep and grab rather than choosing to offer, give and share.

Forgive us, Lord, for abusing the grace that gives us enough by not serving as a conduit of your grace to those who don’t have enough.

The truth furthermore is that too many of us spend way too much time and energy asking “What more can I eat?” and “What new variety of drink can I drink?” and “When can I go buy some more clothes for my already over-crowded closet?”

Forgive us, Lord, for committing not the sin of being anxious over having enough but rather for committing the gross sin of being anxious over acquiring more and more and more.

Give us the proper perspective, Lord—the perspective that sees all of our needs, all of our wants, all of our relationships, and all of our responsibilities in the light of the privilege of being your children and in light of being everyone else’s brother or sister.


“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” (Matthew 6:31-32)

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