Deuteronomy 6:10-13 10 “When the LORD your God brings you into the land He swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that He would give you– a land with large and beautiful cities that you did not build, 11 houses full of every good thing that you did not fill them with, wells dug that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant– and when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful not to forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. 13 Fear the LORD your God, worship Him, and take your oaths in His name.
Looking back over human history, it is easy to see how comfortable the average American lives today. Those in poverty in America enjoy more benefits and pleasures than the wealthiest aristocrats of the 16th and 17th century. Our homes are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. We travel from shop to shop in automobiles that we take for granted but are truly one of the great wonders in human history. 80% of Americans will even fly in the sky to travel from one city to another at least once in their lifetime.
We are living the good life with advanced medicines and technology today. When we look at the sad reality that many people are driven to prayer in hardship and poverty, it is also easy to see that people don’t pray to God as often in America today as we did in generations past. God actually warns the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6 that earthly comforts can hinder our relationship with Him. Understanding that earthly comforts distract us from prayer, how should that change the way we do pray when we come before God?
Pray for Fear
When you find your bills met, your body in good health, and your family safe and sound, ask the Lord to help you to fear His Name. Don’t allow momentary success to cloud the reality of who God is in comparison to who you are. God is the thrice-holy Lord of the universe. He is the Creator and Sustainer. Our bodies were formed out of the dust and are filled with water. Our knowledge is limited and wisdom short-sighted.
You are fool to live without the proper respected for God in light of who you are and who He is. Don’t forget as you talk on your cell phone and schedule your next vacation that God is the One in control of your next breath. Fear and respect the One who holds this whole world in His hands.
Pray for Opportunities to Serve
The people who are humble before God are those who live out their humility in service. The Israelites were told to fear the LORD and worship Him in vs. 13. The Hebrew word for worship also means to serve. Those who truly worship the LORD live in the pattern of Jesus Christ who came not to be served but to serve. When we offer ourselves in service to others in need it highlights our frailty and magnifies the compassion of our God. Don’t sit back in selfishness during times of prosperity but ask God for opportunities to use your prosperity to help those in need.
Don’t Limit God to Times of Prayer
The people who are humble before God are those who bring God into every aspect of their lives. In America we have become experts at compartmentalization. We keep work in the work hours. We keep family time in the family hours. Our relationship with God is boxed into the hours of 9am-11am on Sunday and 15 minutes of Bible reading each morning. God doesn’t want to be limited to designated times of fellowship.
The LORD desires to be with you at work times and family times. He wants to be in your daydreams and in your Facebook posts. Don’t walk through life without a mind toward eternity, but think constantly on Him. Bring God into your promises and covenants. Don’t leave Him out of your commitments or the mundane things of life or you may wind up thinking you can do it all without Him once you can meet your own needs with the income He has provided.