Father thank You for warning me not to trust in earthly riches. Wealth, possessions, gold and silver are not the treasure I seek. They can lead to greed and the sins that greed temps a person to commit.
Rather, I treasure Your Word. It gives me a wealth of knowledge and wisdom about how to receive Your blessing: something of far greater value.
You Word says I will be blessed when I “walk according to the law of the Lord…keep Your statutes and seek You with all [my] heart.”
I can keep my way pure “by living according to Your Word.” So Father, “I seek You with all my heart: do not let me stray from Your commands.” I desire to be blessed; show me how to walk in Your path.
Lord, I will “hide Your Word in my heart”. I will read it, honor it, study to understand it, memorize it, and do what it says. When I do not understand it, I will pray for clarity of meaning and how to apply it to my life.
When people around me say one thing and Your Word says another, give me the conviction to be obedient to Your truth. Help me see through the misleading lies and the deceiving values of society and not be tripped up by them. Give me the strength I need to be true to You.
Because You tell me how powerful prayer is, I will pray
giving thanks when I am happy
for healing when I am sick
for help when I am in trouble
for the wisdom to stay on Your path
for forgiveness when I have sinned.
Father, help my prayers be powerful and effective.
Besides me, so many people need Your help in so many ways. I believe praying for them is one way I can help; perhaps the best way I can help them.
So, like Elijah, I pray earnestly and in faith, knowing that You are the One who can answer. You have the power, Lord. And You have the will.
We are all Your creations, Lord. Thank You that You love and care for us. Amen
James 5:1-20; Psalm 119:1-16