Prayer Focus: Somalia

Bible Reading: Matthew 22:15-23:39; Mark 12:13-44; Luke 20:20-21:4; 13:31-35

Scripture

41And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”  Mark 12:41-44

Observation

Jesus had just finished telling the Pharisees and the Herodians to give to Caesar what was his and to God what is His.  Caesar can have his coins, but everything belongs to God.  Then, as now, people were stingy with their gifts, holding tightly to their money instead of trusting God.  A poor widow woman turns out to be a ray of hope.  Jesus sees her put in her two coins and knows that it’s all she has.  She didn’t just give a piece, she gave everything.  She was totally dependent on God to take care of her.

Application

Often we get stuck when it comes to giving.  We feel guilty if we don’t give enough and we feel like we’ve done our part if we give 10%.  The truth is giving isn’t just about money.  God asks that we be totally dependent on him so even the Old Testament tradition of 10% isn’t enough.  We owe God all our time, all our energy, and everything we have, not a 10% pittance which most of us don’t do anyway.

It’s not easy to do.  In fact, it may be the hardest thing Jesus calls us to do; Being totally dependent on the Lord, not worrying about where tomorrow’s food comes from, how next month’s mortgage will get paid, or how your kids will get through school.  Jesus asks us to set the worry for all that aside and trust Him for all things.  It’s easy, on paper, and nearly, maybe completely, impossible in practice.

But that doesn’t mean we stop trying.  The more you depend on God the less you want the things of the world and its the things of this world that pull us away from God.

Prayer

Lord, you call us to seek you first, to depend on you and that you will care for us.  It’s difficult.  I need your help.  Show me how to set myself and what I want aside to be fully devoted to you and your will.  Thank you, Lord.  Amen.

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