121 Days of Prayer
Whoever Can Be Trusted with Very Little Can Also Be Trusted with Much
The purposes of this prayer are: Guidance/Purpose, Ability/Success and Wisdom.
Beneficent Creator, Jesus told the parable of the shrewd manager who, after learning that he was about to be fired for mishandling his master’s possessions, quickly reduced the size of the debts of those who owed his master money, in an attempt to ingratiate himself to those people who would then be favorably disposed to taking him into their homes. Jesus praised the shrewd manager and discussed the proper handling of wealth, even unrighteously obtained wealth, saying, “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?” Luke 16:9–12 (NIV). Gracious Lord, Jesus praised the manager’s use of wealth to help the poor and suffering (“gain friends for yourselves”), thereby storing up treasures in heaven, not the manager’s dishonesty. Help us, we pray, Lord, to strive to use our wealth to benefit those among us who are less fortunate. May we tend to their needs and show them the love of Christ. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.