Preparation for prayer: Grant me, gracious Lord, a pure intention of heart, and a steadfast regard for your will in all my actions. Fill my mind with your presence. Help me focus on your love, that I might find protection in you while I pray. Be a light to my path, music within my soul and contentment to my heart. Have patience with me, Lord. I pray for my church as we seek your guidance and blessing. Do a new thing in me that I may see your glory and build your kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Scripture reading: They gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything--all she had to live on. Mark 12:44 NIV
Surrendering our life seems to be a common theme throughout the Bible. Jesus contrasts rich people who can afford to give great gifts to the Temple treasury and make a big deal about it with a poor widow whose given literally everything she had to live on and is basically ignored by the crowd. Jesus uses her sacrificial offering, though it was small, was an example to follow. We often overlook small sacrifices in our own lives. We minimize their impact by responding, "It wasn't a big deal." This is often the case when we sacrifice for others or when others make sacrifices for us.
When we give out of our poverty, we put our trust in God who can supply all our needs according to his riches in glory. It's a big deal to trust God when we know there's not enough. If we let go of the small thing we hold onto our hand is open to receive something far greater.
As you pray, consider what you hold onto: family, career, home, relationships, achievements. What impact could you make by giving all of it over to God? Surrendering all of the things we value allows us more time and resources to respond as God leads. Once we remove the obstacles that we define as important, small as they may be, we are available to be deployed for Kingdom work. Pray for direction in Wheatland’s expanding work for the Kingdom of God.