Entry 22 Praying for Prosperity
People often feel like it is inappropriate to ask God for prosperity. They often equate being a devoted Christian to taking a vow of poverty, and living holy to living in lack. Some people feel that God wants us to suffer in this world, living without the basic things we need and want, awaiting the great by and by to have a crown in glory. But God desires for us to prosper and be in good health even as our soul prospers on this earth. He owns the cattle on ten thousand hills, and looks for opportunities to bless us daily. God wants us to enjoy, not simply endure everyday life to the fullest, till it overflows. Our witness and testimony for Christ is greatest when the world sees the favor and blessing of God on our lives. When God blesses us indeed, and enlarges our territory, we can more effectively bless others and destroy the works of the kingdom of darkness. We are prosperous when we are healthy mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. This is God’s ultimate plan for our lives; He wants to prosper us. We get into trouble by not asking God for prosperity, but seeking it arrogantly in our own strength. God wants us to trust Him to prosper us. When we built our prosperity, our tower of Babel, without involving God in the process, we can expect to be scattered, confounded, and defeated. But when we build our hope on things eternal, praying for God to prosper us, we can expect to live in peace, grace, and prosperity.