“Choke the Word”
O God, help us not to allow the cares of the world—the worries, problems, conflicts, and fears—to choke your word in us so that it produces no good fruit.
And God, help us not to allow the lure of wealth—the constant drive to attain more, the temptation to gain more money at any cost, and the focus on seemingly satisfying but ultimately transient things—to choke your word in us so that it produces no good fruit.
And God, help us to develop a trust in you that causes us not to focus on the cares of the world but rather on your care for us and help us to develop a focus on following Jesus that causes us not to focus on the lure of wealth but rather on the lure of a Christ-like life.
“As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.” (Matthew 13:22)