Rejection of Idols
“Could it be that desire for a good thing has become a bad thing because that desire has become a ruling thing?”― Paul Tripp
One of the surest ways to prevent revival is to maintain a relationship with something (or someone) that is of greater importance than the Lord in your heart. It’s a hard thing to admit because one always knows this is not acceptable to God. An idol is anything or anybody that you love more than God. It is anything or anybody in your life that receives greater priority in your life than God. The following prayer requests are offered to help you identify the idols in your life and then deal with them.
Love of Money: I pray that I would not love money more than You and that I would not have a sinful longing for it. (1 Timothy 6:10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.).
Love of Self: I plead that I would not love myself more than You, Father. Deliver me from being self-centered and grant me the power and strength to deny myself (2 Timothy 3:2 For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy…).
Love of Approval: Father, I pray that I will love and seek Your approval above the approval of men. Cause me to pursue a lifestyle of pleasing You rather than men (John 12:42Nevertheless many, even of the authorities, believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue).
Love of Power or Control: Father, enable me to overcome the desire for power. I plead that You will create in me a servant’s heart and willing to serve others (3 John 9:10I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.).
Love of Pleasure: I plead that I will not love pleasure more than You. Cause me to find my greatest delight and pleasure in You (2 Timothy 3:1,4 …In the last days distressing times will come. For people will be …lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God).
Love of Food: Father, I want You to be my God and not my stomach. Cause me to have the proper perspective when it comes to food (Proverbs 21:17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.)
Love of Sleep: Enable me to get the proper rest, but deliver me from indulging in too much sleep and laziness (Proverbs 20:13 AMP Do not love [excessive] sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes [so that you can do your work] and you will be satisfied with bread.).
Love of Darkness (Sin): I pray that I would not love my sin more than You. Cause me to hate sin and to love You with all my being (John 3:19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.).
“Idolatry is attached to everything. All of our bitterness, all our impurity, all our malice, all of our problems, everything that troubles us is a result of idolatry. And what is idolatry? It’s taking a good thing and making it an ultimate thing.” ― Timothy Keller
God please reveal to us the idols that reside in our heart and cast them down. We exalt you to the highest place and love you above all else. Forgive us when we fail in this, and revive our broken hearts so that we will glorify you above all.