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Lord, I pray today for my country. May those in national leadership positions be fully aware of the responsibilities they carry. Help them to make wise decisions. Give them vision, and enable them to know that in the end they are accountable to you. In Christ’s name I ask it. AMEN.
Lord God I pray today for police officers as they go about their duties. Protect them from harm, and help them to keep calm in all situations. Bless their loved ones waiting at home, fearful of what might happen to them. Help them to cherish each other. In Jesus’ name I ask it. AMEN.
Lord, I thank you today for my parents, for all the sacrifices they made for me, the way they brought me up, and the example they set. Forgive me for not having been more appreciative when I was younger. And make me a good Christian parent, I pray. AMEN.
“Put it in safekeeping … When I get there you’ll have it ready, and I won’t have to make a special appeal. Then after I arrive I’ll write letters authorizing whomever you delegate, and send them off to Jerusalem to deliver your gift. If you think it best that I go along, I’ll be glad to travel with them”.
Matt 28:12, 13, 14 NIV
One church tried to get its ministers to be more responsible in the handling of money. They ordered the trainee ministers to undergo a course in bookkeeping. Not all the trainees entered into the study with enthusiasm. Encouraging them to apply themselves more keenly the supervisor said, “Remember, the work of God will suffer much more quickly from bad money management than it will from bad theology”. A lack of integrity on the part of those handling God’s money soon creates a scandal – and deters people from generous giving. And nothing can be taken for granted.
Paul knew the frailty of human nature and how rigorous control had to be exercised in handling the collection “for the saints” in Jerusalem. No doubt the trouble with Judas Iscariot was widely known throughout the church. Paul wanted the Corinthian community to choose their own delegates to take the money to Jerusalem, and he volunteered to accompany them himself as an additional safeguard. Wise and strong administration is an indispensable component in the management of money.
It is important to entrust these duties to people with known reliability. An excellent way to present a “clean sheet” to a community of believers is to append a copy of the financial statement in a public place, such as the church entrance or foyer where everyone can see it. Integrity in these things brings glory to God.
Lord, help us to be scrupulously careful in handling your money.
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