Philippians 4:14-20

Friday, January 18, 2019

Just Enough

Praying Effectively

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

At one point in his life, John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil, was identified as the world's richest man and is known as America's first billionaire. Since he attained his wealth in the early part of the 20th century when the value of the dollar was more than it is today, he is still considered the richest man in modern history. One day a reporter asked him, “How much money is enough?” To which Rockefeller replied, “Just a little more.” This begs the question for us, how much money or wealth is enough? The balance between sufficiency and excess is a key struggle for many. It is also the seed of greed Satan sows in the soil of our souls.

The good news is that prayer can serve as the thermostat governing the balance between sufficiency and excess. Paul knew what it was like to be in need and to have plenty. He had learned how to be content in whatever state. He wanted the Philippians to know that their provision for him would not go unnoticed as he noted that God would supply all their needs according to His riches and glory. Note that Paul didn't say God would make them rich or wealthy but that their needs would be met. Sometimes it is difficult for us to determine the difference between what we want and think we need and what we actually need. We can know with certainty that when we pray, God will answer with just enough of what we need to survive and move forward.