Prayer Focus: Japan

Bible Reading: Isaiah 46-49; Psalm 135


The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
nor is there breath in their mouths.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them. (Psalm 135:15-18)


It’s easy to dismiss the idols of days gone by as ridiculous relics of an ancient, uneducated people. Who in their right mind would worship something “made by human hands,” or would we? USAmericans devote countless time and energy in the pursuit of more pieces of paper that we call money. We construct grand structures and pay greatly to watch athletes play games or musicians perform music. One of our greatest pastimes now is shopping! Is it all that far-fetched to say that we have as many idols in our culture today as in biblical days?


I write this on one of my most important tools, my MacBook Pro. Did you notice how I rationalized that, calling it a tool rather than a possession or—worse—an idol? Am I more devoted to technology, toys, television, time with friends, power, pleasure…or God? What or Who is the real object of my worship and allegiance?


LORD, I am tempted daily to pursue anything and everyone but You. I don’t kneel before a statue, but my heart does not always beat the strongest for You, the One I claim as my King and LORD. I never want to serve other gods. I never want anything or anyone to place You in second place—or worse—in my life. Forgive me for my idolatry. I want to want You, my first Love. In Jesus’ Name, amen.