A Prayer about God’s Kingdom and Our Little “Flock-ness”

A prayer by Scotty Smith that was meant for me today – maybe you, too.

 

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:32-34

 

Lord Jesus, it’s a joy to begin this day hearing your calming voice and experiencing your transforming presence… “Do not be afraid, little flock…” I gladly own my place among your little flock—one of your beloved lambs, no stranger to uncertainty and fear. The best news is that this little flock is your little flock. There’s no safer place than to be in your hand and heart, for you are the Good Shepherd, indeed.

 

I totally understand why you warn us about setting our hearts on the wrong treasure, especially at times when we feel vulnerable. During times of stress and threat, we often look to the wrong things and wrong people for safety, stability, and security. But I’ve seen what happens when we make anything or anyone, besides you, our ultimate treasure. There’s only One inexhaustible treasure.

 

I have friends who’ve inherited millions and others who’ve inherited the wind. I’ve seen families deeply stressed as they prepare for the reading of a will and then permanently divided over the execution of the same will. I’ve seen windfall profits turned into landfill waste in a matter of months. I’ve seen dads and moms go through enough money in a couple of years to have built two orphanages in Haiti, and educated their kids and grandkids for a couple of decades.

 

Foolishly, there have been times when I’ve treasured the approval of man, the illusion of control and the idol of a pain-free heart more than I’ve treasured you. So many false currencies, “fool’s gold” and diminishing riches clamor for our heart’s trust. But nothing, absolutely nothing threatens you and the value of your everlasting kingdom.

 

On this very day and in this season of life, we reaffirm that you, Lord Jesus, are our priceless treasure and most-to-be-desired portion. Because of you we call God “Abba, Father” and the new heaven and new earth our inheritance. Hallelujah, what a Savior! Hallelujah, what a salvation!

 

Jesus, melt our fears with your peace; strengthen our hearts with your grace; and send us forth into kingdom service with your irrepressible love. So very Amen we pray, in your sane-making, soul-centering name.

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