Prayer 601

The prayer series

Jesus,

It’s hard
for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.*

Why?

Perhaps because someone who is rich thinks
his wealth is real.

No, his wealth is unreal.

Wealth in the heaven of the heart is real.
And wealth in that heaven is yours, Jesus.

If you give me wealth,
please remind me
my wealth is unreal.
The wealth is yours.

So if you want me
to sell my possessions and give to the poor,
I’ll do as such.

I love you, Jesus.

Amen.

PTH

* Matthew 19:16-24 – The rich and the Kingdom of God.

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’[a] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

 

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