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PRAYING AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF MAMMON

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Mt 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Lu 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. {mammon: or, riches}

Lu 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? {mammon: or, riches}

Lu 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

(KJV)

Money is not a necessary evil as is commonly misinterpreted in 1 Tim 6:10. We need it. The problem is the attitude that we have about it and the way we deal with it. We should never underestimate the power of money, or better put, the power behind money. The Aramaic word Mammon used by Jesus to talk about money personifies mammon as a rival god. There is power that dominates money. Apart from power to buy, there are real spiritual forces behind it which give it life. Money grips our hearts and sucks kindness out of us. We treasure it. When we have it we have power, when we don’t we walk in fear, we lack confidence. It causes us to worship it. You wake up early and retire very late searching for it, yet you can never say you had enough! It pulls your attention, even from God. It turns to be an idol, a deity. It can give you security, induce guilt and give power. We value people in relation to their income. We are entangled in a maze of searching for money that we forget to show kindness to others, or even have time for ourselves and one another, and this goes on and on until we die. We find ourselves at times working in places we would not wish, for they don’t serve God, but because we need money, we can’t get ourselves out of them. Symbolically Jesus tried to cleanse the temple from its mammon worship. Sadly, this worship is still in the church; in fact is a dominant spirit in the church today.

We need to conquer this God. We need to appreciate God for what He has given us. We need to identify and confess it if it has controlled us. We need to remember the poor and help them. We need to understand this and allow it to sink in us, that money is “Given by God, owned by God, and to be used for the purposes of God”. Giving has a way of breaking the power of mammon; it destroys the demon of greed. Let us give. Let us tithe. Indeed we know that giving is receiving, and so we are in a way shifting our dependence from money to God. We are building trust in him and driving away the spirit of fear that attacks us when we lack. Whether we have much or little, let not money control us, but let us like Paul say I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need (Phil 4:12). Overcoming mammon should also be done by engaging in spiritual warfare. You need to break the power also by prayer. Remember also that you shall give account of how you used the money/wealth God has given you, for you are just a steward. We are temporary stewards of the house we live in, the car we drive, the garden we plant, the job we manage. Let us treat wealth like John Wesley after he heard a report that his house had been destroyed by fire, “The Lords House burned, one less responsibility for me”. Put wealth where it belongs. Consider these prayer bullets

  • Thank you Lord for the money and wealth that you have given me.
  • I want to be a faithful steward of what you have given me.
  • I repent of ways that I have idolised money in my life in Jesus name
  • I break every idol of mammon in Jesus name
  • I bind and break the power of mammon in my life in Jesus name.
  • Purge me from the spirit of mammon
  • I refuse to serve mammon in Jesus name
  • I commit my money and all you have given me to you. Guide me on how to use it, where and to who.
  • Direct my investments, decisions and plans that relate to the money/wealth yall belongs to Godou have given me.
  • Notes on the spirit of Mammon sourced from Wolfgang Riedner’s (in collaboration with DAI) manual on Integrity and finance, 2004, p 172-174; 190-194

    You can't serve God and mammon

    You can’t serve God and mammon

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