Entry 022 Praying for Prosperity
People often feel like it is inappropriate to ask God for prosperity. They often equate being a devote 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 here on this earth. The Bible is clear on the fact that God wants to bless us indeed so that we can be a blessing to others. He owns the cattle on ten thousand hills, and looks for opportunities to bless us daily. Poverty is a curse from the Devil, and is not something God puts us in to teach us a lesson. The only thing we learn from being poor is how much we never want to experience it again. Poverty robs us of joy, peace, and even our health. But God can take any bad situation and cause it to work out for our good. He can develop our character, faith and trust in Him through lack, but it is His will that we have what we need and many of the things we desire. God can reverse the curse of poverty when we walk in obedience and in accordance to His laws and principles. 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 blessings 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 with every area of our lives, including our desire to prosper. There is always room at the top. We don’t have to trample on other people to get what we want out of life. God has a clear and simple plan to get us to our personal wealthy place; we just have to seek His will for our lives. It may not be the way we want it, but we have to trust that God’s masterplan will work out for our good in the end. God’s resources are endless, and He places inside of us a desire to have a full and joyful life. The hope is that we will seek Him to obtain it, since He is the Giver of all good things. God will give us the wisdom of how to obtain wealth when we ask Him. Our jobs are meant to keep us working; investment is what builds wealth. When we invest into God’s kingdom, we can expect a great return. And when we have the wisdom to uses our gifts and talents to serve people, solve problems and fulfill needs, we can built our personal wealth. When we erect 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 bless us, we can expect to live in peace, grace, and prosperity.
Simple Sample Prayer
Dear God, please help us to overcome the ideology that poverty is synonymous with holiness. You are a God who owns all things, and gives us the privilege to manage everything according to your plan and purpose. Help us to see you as the loving, giving Father that you are, who desires the best for us in all areas of our lives. Help us to seek you for prosperity, and strive lawfully and justly to lay hold of it. Give us the wisdom of how we can serve your people and fill a communal need so that we can enter the wealthy place you have prepared for us. We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.