From the Pastor…
During the next 6 weeks we will be spending our time on Sunday morning under the theme of “Overcoming Discontent.” We have been set up by the media and our own basic nature to live a life of discontent. It seems that we never have enough and we always want more. Each Sunday we will work with some practical tips and a sound understanding of how persons in the Bible lived content lives in a season of far less creature comforts than we have today.
Following is a prayer I picked up from a group called “Unlocking the Bible.” I have made a few changes but it would be a good prayer to start each day.
Oh Lord, I am reminded that in Psalm 23 you tell me that you are my shepherd and I should not be in want, but so often I struggle to be content and many times I do want; forgetting that you have graciously provided me with every spiritual blessing in Christ and everything I need for life and godliness.
Thank you for often not giving me what I want because my desires would draw my heart from being satisfied in you. Help me to be content in you with what you have given me and to not be focused on what my flesh wants or the world tells me I should have.
Protect me from coveting possessions or people, talent or influence, relationships or prestige. Keep my heart from being anxious for what I don’t have, and make me thankful for the numerous gifts that you have already given.
According to your Word and steadfast love, fill me with the joy and satisfaction of contentment in Christ. Help me learn to be content in any situation like Paul and to quickly reject the idolatry that dwells beneath the surface of my coveting.
I ask you to continually bring to mind your faithful provision for all of my needs, that Christ died for the sin of cov-eting, that in Christ I am free to be content and live righteously, and that godliness with contentment is greater gain than pleasing my flesh.
And may I be humbled and changed by the ultimate example of contentment; of Christ becoming poor in order that I could become rich, and being content to go to the cross to fulfill the Father’s will to rescue a people for himself who can be free from discontent and zealous for good works.
In Jesus’ name, AMEN.