No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6:24
Money is a tool designed for the purpose of enabling activities and transactions. Problems come when we put money before God, when it get’s a hold of us. The way we manage money can divide us. Tensions inevitably occur when we don’t agree in our approach to spending, saving, giving. Sometimes we’re embarrassed or guilty about our attitude to money and we hide the truth.
Perhaps it’s time to review and talk about ‘the money situation’. Who is Lord in our lives; God or money? It cannot be both. If there are issues that need discussion then why not get them on the table rather than hide them? If you don’t rule the money it will rule and often divide you. Money is a great slave but a terrible master.
Prayer (as a couple)
Dear Lord, thank you for all that you give us. Father you give us the responsibility to manage money, not to worship and chase it. Please help us to do this in a way that pleases you and shows that we really do trust you. Please help us to be truthful and gracious with each other as we discuss and agree how we spend, save and give the money that you have out in our hands. Amen.
Prayer (for others)
Father, we pray for _____ and _____. We ask that you help them to manage their money in a way that pleases you. Please help them to trust you and to be obedient to you. Please stop money being divisive in their relationship. Amen
Money often costs too much – Ralph Waldo Emerson