Where Do You Invest Your Money?
As Christmas time gets closer again, it's important to think about what we do with our money. Do we go out and continue to purchase things for ourself, even though we know it will soon be time to buy presents for family and help out people in our communities. It says a lot when someone who has barely enough to live on for the month continues to help support their parish priest and the local food bank. I know for myself, online shopping when sales are on can be tempting, especially when it's starting to be that time for present shopping. However, there's always someone out there that could genuinely use our help and time more. In the struggling world it's important that we support one another.
Today's Gospel states:'He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury; and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins. And he said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had"'(Luke 21:1-4).
In today's Gospel we hear how a poor widow puts in two coins, meaning so much more than the rich bringing gifts of treasure. Think about it, if the rich person were to give everything they had, it would be a lot, and they'd no longer be wealthy. Jesus doesn't want us to live in poverty, however, if we are to be true Christian people, we need to be able to live in a world that's less dependant on wealth and comfortable living. We need to think about where we invest time and money, it's important in being a part of a community of people in faith. Take some time to reflect on some area you can help others in your community this Christmas season.
Today's prayer comes from 'the prayer institute' a prayer for finances:
Father, You are great and You perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God. Lord, You are in Your Holy temple; You rule from heaven. To You, O God do we give thanks. Yes, to You do we give thanks. We thank You for Your eternal love and unmerited grace. We thank You for Your unfailing love for us that never ends and Your mercies which never cease. Your mercies are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. We exalt You, our God and King; and we praise Your Name forever and ever. Thank You, Father, for being our strength, our shield, our provider and our Savior. Thank You for blessing us with jobs that provide us with income. Thank You for promotions and raises. Thank You for favor with our bosses and co-workers.
Father, we confess that we will save, spend and invest money in obedience to Your perfect plan for our lives and our families. We confess that as You bring financial blessings into our lives, we will remember that You give us the power to get wealth. We declare that we are set on high above the nations of the earth because we diligently obey Your voice and observe Your commandments, carefully. Father, we confess that all that we set our hands to do is blessed because You have commanded blessings on our storehouses, including savings, investments and retirement accounts. Lord, we declare that as Your blessings overtake us, we will be able to lend money to many and not have to borrow from anyone. We confess that as we bring the tithes into Your house, we expect You to pour out blessings so large that we will not have room to receive them. Lord, we declare that we will be faithful stewards of Your financial blessings and we expect You to confirm Your Word and make us rulers over abundant wealth. We call forth a new anointing of entrepreneurship, new ideas and new businesses in our communities. Lord, we call forth a spirit of excellence and prosperity in our finances and in all areas of our lives.
Holy Spirit, please shift our focus from spending to saving and from consuming our income to building wealth. We ask You to help us tie loyalty and kindness around our necks and write them deep within our hearts that we may find favor with both You and people and we will earn a good reputation. Father, we pray for promotions and financial increase. Holy Spirit, help us to study the Word, to meditate on it day and night and observe to do the things written within it, so that we may make our way prosperous and have success in all that we do. Help us to build business and personal relationships with other Christians, and give us favor with the business community. Help us to begin to love people and use money, rather than loving money and using people. We pray for a breaking of old mindsets and generational curses of poverty and lack within our families.
Father, forgive us for our sins. Forgive us for repeating patterns of financial failures such as living beyond our means and misusing credit cards. Forgive us for failing to develop financial plans that include debt reduction, savings and investments. Forgive many of us for believing that we are supposed to have the most of the worst and the least of the best. Forgive us for not recognizing that You will not withhold any good thing from us, as we walk uprightly before You. Forgive us for words and thoughts of doubt and unbelief. Father, forgive us for walking by sight, rather than walking by faith. Lord, remind us of those we need to forgive, and we will be quick to forgive.
Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.
Lord, You are our Savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth. You formed the mountains by Your power and armed Yourself with mighty strength. You quieted the raging oceans with their pounding waves and silenced the shouting of the nations. Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, You inspire shouts of joy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.