Prayers for Workers: When Others Do Better Financially Than We Do

By Mark D. Roberts

March 13, 2020

Do not be afraid when some become rich,
+++when the wealth of their houses increases.
For when they die they will carry nothing away;
+++their wealth will not go down after them.

Psalm 49:16-17 (NRSV)



Gracious God, sometimes the values of my workplace weigh down my soul. I can esteem the bottom line to such an extent that I begin to feel as if what matters most in life is how much money I make. I look with envy upon those who are more successful than I am and question the choices I have made or even my worth as a person. I can feel resentful, even fearful about their growing influence.

Help me, Lord, to see with your eyes, to think with your mind, to feel with your heart. May I see financial success as a matter of blessing and stewardship. May I be grateful for and faithful with all that you have entrusted to me. May I be free from envy when others experience more success than I. Help me to live for your delight, dear Lord, most of all.

Teach me, I pray, to live in light of the future. That future includes death for all of us, whether we be rich or poor. But, beyond death, there is life abundant, life in your glorious future. Help me to live with this hope, and with gratitude for the fullness of life you offer in this age through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Ponder Throughout the Day:

Live today for what matters most in life.

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Mark D. Roberts

Senior Strategist

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders,...

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