I have told you these things many times before. Now I tell you again with tears in my eyes. Many people live like enemies of the cross of Christ. The only thing they have coming to them is death. Their stomach is their god. They brag about what they should be ashamed of. They think only about earthly things. But we are citizens of heaven. And we can hardly wait for a Savior from there. He is the Lord Jesus Christ.
– Philippians 3:18-20
Deliver me O Father, from the god of the stomach.
It is easy to consider myself in the good group, the friend of Jesus and his cross. It is easy to point a finger at the woman over there, the guy at the office, and the many others who do not seek You, who feed their physical appetites 24/7, who brag about their sin, and who think only about earthly things. But I am with you God.
Until I get honest, until I get really honest and admit to myself and confess to You that much of my life, in thought and in action, is about feeding the god of my stomach. I want that which satisfies, that which taste good, that which makes my body feel comfortable and good. I am among those who don’t seek You, who excuse my sin and brag about my pleasures when You call me to a different life. I am among those who think a great deal about earthly things. I am among those who think that heavenly things are far off, a reward for my “better than others life” at the end of my pleasures in this life.
I confess then O God, to myself and to You:
I serve the god of my stomach, of my physical and bodily desires and in so doing I do not always serve You and Your eternal purposes in the world.
I seek, not just Your will, so that I may live for you, but my pleasures so that I might enjoy my life.
My mind is most often on controlling life to make me feel some comfort, some joy, some enjoyment of heart and mind. Even in my practices of faith, I choose to worship my way, with my music, with my tastes always ruling over what I will devour.
Lord Jesus, forgive me then:
for the times I am ungrateful, demanding a little more salt, a dash more of pepper, a little different taste to satisfy the palate and the stomach while many go with little or nothing.
for the pleasures I seek, I engage in, and thrive on, believing there is life to be found among the things that lead to death.
for the need to control, to have my needs met my way, and for how this often shapes my prayers and worship.
Hear my prayer, O Holy Spirit and deliver me from the god of my stomach so that I my be among the citizens of heaven, who can hardly wait for the Savior, who is the Lord Jesus Christ.