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In Times of Financial Strain

Today’s Reflection

I feel powerless about my financial situation.
Every month it seems unexpected expenses arise,
and I have to scramble to find money to cover them.

Thank you for providing for me thus far.
I’m grateful to have a jobb.
I just wish, Lord, that the money would stretch a little further.

Your word says that you love a cheerful giver.*
And the Lord’s Prayer tells us to ask for our daily bread.
Lord, is it wrong to ask for just a little more money
to cover all the bills, to give to the poor
and to my church, and to save for a rainy day?

Dear God, help me remember that it’s all your money.
Show me how to live more simply
in order to share what I can with those in need.
Help me always to trust your generous heart. Amen.

*See 2 Corinthians 9:7.

– Mary Lou Redding
Prayer for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments

From page 58 of Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments, compiled and edited by Mary Lou Redding. Copyright © 2012 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pass this prayer along to someone you know who may need to hear these words. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
1 Corinthians 12:26, NRSV

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  • Jill January 25, 2013, 3:41 am

    To live more simply – Father we could all examine our lives and find ways – allow You to show us those ways – in which we could alter our lifestyle and easily give more to Your kingdom.

    Thank You for Your provision.

  • robert moeller January 25, 2013, 3:41 am

    Often I wish I had more money so I could share it, use it, to help others even though a great deal of my monthly income goes to help people already.

    Lord may our daily activities include helping people obtain the food and water they need, may we do what you ask to feed your people. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

  • Betsy January 25, 2013, 6:10 am

    I struggle daily to remember that all I have is Yours. Things do not dictate my life nor define my worth. I need to remember daily that my family and I are truly blessed with both the tangible and intangible things. We are to give to those less fortunate. Become “God with skin on”.

  • Arnetta January 25, 2013, 8:35 am

    I needed this prayer today. I was driving saying how grateful and blessed I am to have my family, a job, a car, a home and then added the but… So forgive me Lord , but you did say to ask. Thank you for everything.

  • Sharona January 25, 2013, 10:41 am

    Lord, it is hard to continue to be unemployed and struggle so, with a house we can’t seem to sell. Please help us to remember that you will provide, and that we should not be anxious or afraid. Please ease our sleepless nights and provide opportunities to use our time wisely–helping others, generating income, praising You. Amen.

  • mary ng shwu ling January 25, 2013, 11:03 pm

    Father God, help me to live a simple life that glorifies you.

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