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You might get excited for what we are praying and fasting for today. There are many of us who need breakthrough in our Finances. The verse above is from the passage of scripture found in Matthew 6:19-34. I challenge you to go there and read the passage out loud. There is something about reading the Word of God aloud. It extraordinarily lifts your spirit when you hear yourself read it. In the passage we visit Jesus on the mount as he is teaching a great multitude, and along with other things He teaches, He also teaches about money and possessions. Jesus' teaching on this subject is very important because money is a needed commodity in the world today, but many people can get caught up in its allure of what it can give you instead of truly knowing God gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
It might be a coincidence that He teaches about Prayer and Fasting right before this passage, but I think it highlights the importance of prayer and fasting for your finances. God can't bless what you don't allow him to bless. Give Him the keys to your finances through praying for wisdom and understanding on all His principles He teaches us through His Word. There is so much to learn and apply just by reading His Word and getting biblical resources that can help you take control of your finances. Through this passage Jesus warns against extreme greed and the anxiety it brings. He does this by contrasting the uncertain temporary earthly treasures with heavenly treasures that are lasting. Jesus does not prohibit material possessions though, nor the enjoyment of material things (1 Tim 6:17). But He does forbid a selfish and extravagant materialism that ties a person to this earth.
These words from Jesus teach us how to live in uncertain financial times without fear. This passage tells us that financial fear is Unreasonable, Unnatural, Unhelpful, Unnecessary, and Unbelieving. It's unreasonable because we are not to become distracted from the substantial issues of life over less important matters like what to eat or wear (verse 25). It is unnatural because we are the only creation of God who worries. God provides for the birds He created, and we are more valuable than they are. We are outside of God's natural design when we worry (verse 26). It's unhelpful because worry and fear do not produce anything worthwhile (verse 27). It's unnecessary because God provides for His own promises to care of our needs (verse 30). It's unbelieving because we are acting as if God does not exist when we live in financial fear (verse 31, 32). Our Heavenly Father Knows Our Needs, and He Will Provide!
Instead of being preoccupied with material things, our ambition should be to "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else", and "Live Righteously", knowing that as we do so, He has pledged Himself with a Covenant. And because of this Covenant and through Jesus' faithfulness, He will respond and "He will give you everything you need."