Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #52

Entry  #0052  The Prayer of Benediction

A benediction is the utterance or bestowing of a blessing or good wishes, especially at the end of a religious service by a minister or religious leader. It is that which imparts a benefit or mercy, the advantage conferred by blessing, or a prayer for divine protection. There are 52 weeks in a year. As we come to the end of this year, this 52nd entry is an examination of prayers of benedictions.

Numbers 6:23-27 declares the Aaronic Blessing, “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace”.  Jude 1:24-25 states, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.  Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.”

An anonymous ancient Celtic/ Irish blessing is a benediction song, “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You.” “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rain falls soft upon your fields and, Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. The following is a prayer of St. Patrick, “Christ Be With Me.” “Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Salvation is of the Lord, Salvation is of the Christ. May your salvation, Lord be ever with us”. A modern short benediction prayer states, “May the God of peace who raised Christ from the dead Strengthen your inner being for every good work. And may the blessing of God Almighty Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Rest upon you and dwell with you this day and evermore. Amen”.

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear Lord, we come before you with thanksgiving and praise. We thank you for all that you have done, we praise you for what you are doing now, and we bless your name for all that you are going to do. We thank you for life, and that more abundantly, for health, for by you stripes we are healed, and for strength, for the joy of the Lord is our strength.Lord, we are grateful for this day, for this is the day that you has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. Thank you Lord for see us through another year; the best and worst of times.We thank you for the assurance that we are  deeply loved, highly favored,  greatly blessed, abundantly supplied, continually protected, graciously redeemed, and never forsaken.We know that in the end we win, and you have caused everything, good and bad, to work out for our good. As  Apostle Paul ended many of his letters to the churches with beautiful benedictions like in II Corinthians 13:14, we end this year with this simple prayer. “The grace of the lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen”.

May God richly bless you all  in this coming year, and may He always keep you as the apple of His eye until we meet again. Happy holidays.

 

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #31

Entry #0031  Praying to the Name that is Above Every Name

Some people pray to their ancestors or  to nature. Other people do not pray at all. If we are going to spend time and energy in prayer, we may as well pray to someone who actually hears us and can solve all of our problems. Jesus was given a name above all names by our Heavenly Father God, after He sacrificed His life for our salvation. Every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord.  There is no other name given unto men whereby we must be saved. Jesus has been called many things; all indicating some aspect of His character. He has been called names like the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd, The Alpha and Omega, The Lily in the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, the Root out of Dry Ground, the Rose of Sharon. The name of Jesus is a weapon of spiritual warfare. Demons tremble at His name. Because of Jesus, we have a song that the angels cannot sing; we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Because of that redemption, God has signed our names on heaven’s book of life, and has changed our name to sons of God. Now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be.  When He comes back for us, we shall see Him as He is in all of His glory and splendor, not as the suffering servant He was in times past. In ancient times, names had more significant meanings than that do today. People would name their children based on what they experienced having them, the destiny they wanted them to walk into, and/or the endearing feelings they had toward them. Often times, people lived up to the meaning of their name. Our names sometimes indicate our heritage and family legacy. But if our name here on earth is not significant, we have a new name written down in glory. If what people call us today is not positive or inspiring, we can choose to focus on what God calls us; His beloved, the apple of His eye, heirs and joint heirs of Jesus Christ. God has given us the power to name our circumstances and to call things that are not as though they are through faith. Jesus has empowered us to decree a benediction over our lives, and to call ourselves strong in Him when we are weak. The name of Jesus carries power, protection, provision, authority, mercy and peace. So praying to the name that is above all names is tapping into the anointing, and grace that Jesus has already made available to us.

 

Simple Sample Prayer

 

Dear God, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to redeem us back to you. Because He sacrificed His life for our liberty and salvation, Jesus was given a name above every name. We know there is power, strength, deliverance and hope in the name of Jesus. We can apply His name to every area of our lives. Help us to properly use the name of Jesus as a prayer for divine intervention into the earth. When we don’t know what to pray, we can call on the name of Jesus and ask you for help. Thank you for hearing us and caring about our needs. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #29

Entry# 029 Using God’s Word in Prayer

God has elevated His word above His name. He spoke and the worlds came into existence. In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Jesus is the Word of Life. He sent His word and healed us all. God’s word carries power, authority, anointing, life, and grace. His word can empower us to do His will, give us authority over the kingdom of darkness, anoint us to effect positive change on the earth, provide life to dead situations, and give us the grace to live a life of purpose and destiny. God’s word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. God wants us to study His word so that we can rightly divide the word of truth. The word of God is an essential weapon of spiritual warfare. We get results when we pray in faith using God’s word. As we pray declaring what God said, His word will accomplish whatever it was sent it to do. It will come to pass if it is in God’s will. Our God is a speaking God who longs to communicate with and through His people. We are made in God’s image and likeness, and have been given the same power of speech. We can speak life or death to our situations. We can speak encouragement or despair to others.  We can speak blessings or curses over our children. The difference between our words and God’s word is that His words are irrevocable. Our words can be changed and manipulated. Someone can speak curses over us that can be reversed simply by tapping into a higher power. We can use God’s word to break generational curses, demonic strongholds, and satanic oppressions. We are operating in our God-given authority when we allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us. We may not know what to pray for, but the Holy Spirit always does. If we let Him have full reign, He can speak through us in an unknown heavenly tongue that speaks to a future and destiny we are not fully aware of. Some people may have the gift of interpreting this unknown tongue, but it is not necessary for us to understand it in order for it to be effective.  In the early church, the disciples spoke in known tongues on the day of Pentecost. People from all over the world heard their language spoken by those who could not have known it, and they we saved. If we are willing to give up complete control of out tongue for a moment, we can allow the Holy Spirit to speak through us however He sees fit. But He needs something to work with; we have to study and hide the Holy Scriptures in our hearts. Coming before God with praise invites His presence. For God inhabits the praises of His people. The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous person, who is justified by grace through faith, is a prayer that uses the word of God. So instead of just giving God our complaints and our to-do list in prayer, we can allow the Holy Spirit to pray through us using the word of God, guaranteeing results.

 

Simple Sample Prayer

 

Dear Lord, we come to you with praise in our hearts and thanksgiving on our lips. We thank you for all that you have done, praise you for all you are doing now, and bless your name for what you are going to do. We thank you for life, and that more abundantly, for health, for by your stripes we are healed, and strength, for the joy of the Lord is our strength. We praise you for this day. For this is the day that you have made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. We thank you for waking us up this morning, for every morning new mercies we see. And we praise you for laying us down last night, for you give your beloved sleep. We lay down our burdens, needs, flaws and cares at your feet, for we know you care for us. We know that we are deeply loved, highly favored and greatly blessed because the Bible tells us so. Help us to walk in the grace you have provided for us, knowing that you daily make intercession for us. And as we pray in the spirit using your word, we know you will grant us our petitions. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #28

Entry 028 Praying to be True to Ourselves

We often wear many masks and put on many hats. We serve various functions in different situations, and our identity can be connected to the many things we do and the people we are involved with. Our conversation is different to a co-worker than it may be to a fellow church member. Many people portray a different image of themselves on the internet than they do in person. We sometimes give ourselves to people who are not equipped to handle, value or appreciate the gravity of who we really are. Consequently, they take us for granted, or take from us, or take advantage of us. Sometimes because we have been so contorted by people and life, we do even know who we are anymore. We have forced ourselves into the boxes of other peoples’ expectations. Often times we have been mandated to do so many things we don’t want to do but have to do, that it is difficult to remember what we wanted in the first place. So much of our time can be spend helping other people, solving problems, trying to make ends meet, and trying to survive the emotional roller coaster of life that there is never time for self -evaluation.  As we are constantly switching gears, balancing activities, and managing our obligations, we can often lose aspects of ourselves. Life is constantly making withdrawals, leaving us depleted and frustrated. If don’t make time to get into God’s presence, hear, read and study His word, and spend time in prayer, we will not get the deposits we need to live a successful, triumphant life. We cannot get what we need from any one person. God created a God-sized void in all of us that only He can fill. That is why our spirituality needs to be a priority. The one thing the Devil wants us to be is too busy to do introspection. He will crowd our lives and schedules with clutter preventing us from having time to mediate on God’s word, and getting quiet enough to hear from Him. In the Garden of Eden, the first question God asked man was “where are you”? That is a question we need to ask ourselves on some regular basis to evaluate our physical, mental, emotional, social, financial and spiritual states and lives. We need to take regular inventory on what is true to us and for us today. As our lives evolve, our personal truth changes as well. Growth and development involves discovering a higher truth. What was true for us in our youth may not be applicable for us as we age. And truth is subjective; what is true to and for one person may not be for someone else. That is why we need to run our own race, not comparing ourselves to others. And we need to uses God’s word, depending on the Holy Spirit for our meter of truth. No other source, including our own conscience can be totally reliable. Our conscience is so marred by experiences, pains, hurts, grievances, failures, and flaws that we cannot depend on it to reveal to us what is really true. We must depend on Jesus, the Spirit of Truth to lead and guide us. Our identity is not dependent on what we do and who we are associated with. True identity comes from an understanding of who we belong to, and a revelation of who God is to us. And as we seek to know Him, He reveals Himself to us, consequently showing us who we are. We waste so much time and energy trying to be something we are not called to be, trying to make people accept us who are not tied to our destiny, and engaging in activities that are not central to who we are. An indication of what we should be working on is the thing that bothers us the most. Perhaps the problems we see are indicative of the solutions God wants us to be in the earth. Jesus is the only unchanging way, truth and light. But our truth here on earth is constantly changing. The only constant here is the core, the seed, and the purpose that God put in each one of us from the foundation of the world. We have to continually uncover it and allow it to manifest itself in different ways and in different seasons of our lives. Even when we fail, God can always help us get back on track if we come to Him. So praying to be true to ourselves is striving to become what God created us to be walking boldly into our personal destiny.

 

Simple Sample Prayer

 

Dear God, thank you for knowing and having the ability to perform the good plans you have in store for us. Help us to lay down our agendas, goals and dreams at your feet so that you can reveal the greater purpose you have for our lives. Show us how to live our lives focused on being true to ourselves. We know we cannot lie or hide from you; although we may try to deceive ourselves and others. Help us to stand in our truth and move toward becoming more and more like you. And as you guide us toward being true to ourselves, we can transparently help others from a pure yet guarded heart. We ask this in Jesus name, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #27

Entry 027 Praying to a God who is Good, Love and Holy

God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. There is none good but the Father. Yet everything He created in the beginning, including us, was good. Life is often hard, people are sometimes bad, and many of life’s situations are not good. But even the bad things of life God will cause to work out for our good when we love and trust Him. It is in those circumstances where we experience the most spiritual growth. When we are in challenging situations, it is very hard to see God as love. God does not just love us unconditionally, He is love. He gave His only begotten beloved Son to show His love toward us. We pass the test when we maintain that God loves us in the trying times, and when we trust in His love and grace to see us through them. God is holy. He wants us to be holy as He is. The only way we can truly walk in holiness is to allow God to live and work through us. Our best effort will not result in a holy life in our own strength; we must rest in the holiness of God. When we believe right we will live right because we understand that God is living inside of us. We need to always be aware of who God is, and see Him in every situation. We call Him by many names: Jehovah, Addonai, Elohim, etc., all of which denotes some special aspect of His character. But when we come to know Him as good, love and holy, it becomes easy to make Him the Lord of our lives. Satan wants us to see God as unjust, especially when tragic things happen to people we perceive to be good. He wants us to blame God for every catastrophe and tragedy. Because God is good, He is only the author of all good things. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him. Yet God allows bad things to happen to us; He rains on the just and unjust alike. But if we trust Him, God will make all our wrongs right, and bring good out of every bad situation. Satan does not want us to trust in God’s love for us. He will remind us of our faults and failures, and use that to make the case that God no longer loves us. Because God is love and He made us in His image and likeness, it is not possible for Him to not love us. He loves us just as much today as He did in the beginning, and in the same way in the end. Nothing we could ever do, nowhere we could ever go can separate us from God’s love. Satan wants us to see God as so holy that we cannot have a close connection with Him. The truth is, because God is so holy, He provided a way to remove and cover our sins through Jesus Christ so that He can have an intimate relationship with us. God desires to speak to us and commune with us daily.  So praying to a God who we know to be good, love and holy, is praying to have a deeper, wider and higher relationship with God, and to become more and more like Him each day.

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God, help us to see you as the loving Father and kind Savior that you are. While we are speaking to you in prayer Lord, help us to bear in mind your goodness, love and holiness. Open our eyes and our hearts so that we can comprehend the breadth, length and height of your grace, and not focused on our current problems, faults and issues. Help us to rely on you to work within us that which is good, lovely, and holy, and to lay all of our burdens at your feet. If there be any virtue or praise, help us to meditate on these higher things, thusly mediating on you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit using the Word of God for Week #26

Entry 26 Praying to Avoid Premature Death

The bible declares that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus came to give us abundant life. For it is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment. But we can die prematurely. God never intended for us to die; Adam gave Satan the keys to bring sin and death into the world. Jesus came and snatched the keys of death, hell and the grave from Satan, so that we may have the right to the tree of life. So whereas we may die physically now, when we are in Christ we abide with Him forever. Our souls will never die. Either they will live in heaven eternally with God in the end, or we will suffer forever in hell with Satan. We all have a set time and season to live and to die. We can die prematurely with our lifestyles, personal choices and worldviews. If we live life like it is one big party not taking care of our bodies, we can expect Satan to bring death to us before our time. If we choose to eat improperly, dishonor our parents, or engage in sexual debauchery, we are inviting death into our lives prematurely. If we think incorrectly believing God wants us to die and not live, or think we do not deserve to live an abundant life in Christ, we cancel out the promises of God and the blessings He has stored up for us. None of us get from God what we deserve; even our righteousness is as a filthy rag in His sight. But Jesus came to give us the mercy and grace to live a satisfied life in Him. With long life God will satisfy us and show us His salvation. Satan is always trying to kill us mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. He seeks to assassinate our character, and render us an ineffective witness as a believer. He comes with his screaming accusing voices, trying to convince us to give up on life, our dreams and our destiny. . But he is a liar, and the Father of lies. God wants us to have a long, satisfying life. He wants us to accomplish our goals and be healthy, wealthy and wise. So praying to avoid premature death is inviting God’s presence, blessings and promises into our lives daily, and shunning things that will cut our lives short.

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God, we know that the only things you want to die in us is our sin nature so that we can become more and more like you. Not only do you want us to have eternal life in heaven, you desire for us to have abundant life here on earth. Help us to tap into your endless supply of life and abundance, and help us make good decisions that would improve the physical quality of our lives. Provide a way of escape from Satan’s plan of destruction; Lord, continually pray for us so that our faith doesn’t fail. We know you daily make intercession for us. Preserve our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual lives. Help us to avoid premature death by not taking unnecessary risks. Help us to break bad habits that are detrimental to our health, and allow us to create new habits that will extend and prosper our lives. We thank you for the gift of life; help us to make the most of it, living each day as if it were our last. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #25

Entry# 025 Praying to Access our Spiritual DNA to find Fulfillment

In the physical world, DNA is Deoxyribonucleic acid which is a molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and many viruses. It is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms located in the cell nucleus. The function of DNA is long-term storage used as a template to make transcription which directs the assembly of a protein in a translation. Human DNA can replicate, and consists of about 3 billion bases, and more than 99 % of those bases are the same in all people. Our spiritual DNA is just as involved and complex. God puts a piece of Himself in each one of us that we can either access for His kingdom, or allow to lie dormant and ineffective within. We all have a king and a fool inside of us. The one we nurture will grow the most and become the most evident in our lives. God’s holy DNA can overcome the tarnished DNA of our sin nature, our generational curses, and our bad experiences.  No longer do we have the excuse of poor upbringing, lack of opportunity, or a non-existent support system as a reason for our failures in life. We have God’s favor, love and provision that we can access at anytime if we turn to Him. Turning to God should be the first thing we do, not just an afterthought. God created a God-sized void inside of all of us that only He can fill. We can attempt to fill it in various ways in life, only to come up short and unfulfilled. We can surround ourselves with stuff, look for love in all the wrong places, be the smartest person in the room, and have the biggest bank account. While these things will give us temporary satisfaction, long-term we will still feel something missing. God doesn’t intend for our lives to work without Him. We will acquire some level of success, but only God gives us purpose and destiny. We can run from our destiny, but we cannot hide from God’s purpose He has designed for our lives. When we finally seek His will and submit to it, we will find the satisfaction we have been missing out on. Accessing our spiritual DNA involved getting into God’s presence, being open to hearing His voice, and being willing to heed His direction. We have to pray boldly in the spirit using the word of God. This is why studying God’s word is so essential. We gain revelation in the process of engaging in that spiritual side of whom we are. So praying to access our spiritual DNA, is chasing after God seeking Him diligently so that we can walk effortlessly and joyfully into God plan and will for our lives.

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God thank you for making our bodies in your image, and our spirits in your likeness. Thank you for breathing the breathe of life into us so that we became living souls. Although we are born in sin and shaped into iniquity, we have the right and the option to become the righteousness of God. Help us to accept all that Jesus died to provide for us, including direct access to you by paying for our sins. Without you Lord, we can do nothing, and our greatest accomplishments are naught. But with you Father, we can do all things, and we can have a life of joy, satisfaction and fulfillment. Help us to access our spiritual DNA so that we can discern and accept you plan for our lives. We know that you desire for us to be fulfilled and for us to enjoy our everyday lives. Help us to seek you for our satisfaction so that we can have our God-given desires fulfilled to share with your people. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

 

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #24

Entry# 024 Praying to Live Without Regret

We often experience the most growth in painful situations and when we are faced with our own mortality. It is then when we experience a range of emotions from denial to anger to fear to acceptance. In the painful situations we often regret the choices we made, our inability to use time and resources wisely, and our indecision to learn from our mistakes. The most common regrets that people have when faced with death include: wishing they had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not the life others expected, wishing they didn’t work so hard, wishing they had the courage to express their feelings, wishing they stayed in contact with friends, and wishing that they allowed themselves to be happier. But God wants us to live a life of no regrets. He wants us to have the attitude of knowing and accepting that He has all things in His control, and that He has a good plan for our lives. So instead of looking at our painful situations with regret, we can view them as learning experiences and stepping stones toward our destiny. We all say things, do things and behave in ways we are not particularly proud of. Even though we may feel a level of guilt or shame for those actions, we are not supposed to stay there. We are to be sorry for what we have done and the effects it had on others, not just sorry we got caught. All we have to do is repent to God and others if need be, and forgive ourselves so that we can move on. Repentance involves changing our mindsets. It is admitting that we were wrong and running to our Heavenly Father for restoration, instead of shrinking back or hiding from Him. It involves being honest with ourselves about what happened and what is currently going on, and the effect our actions had on other people, and possibly being honest with other trusted people. The best ways to live without regrets are to have a clear mind and a pure heart. We don’t need to harbor animosity, allow a root of bitter to grow, or hold grudges towards those who wronged us. We can cast all our cares on Jesus, let go of our right to be offended, and leave all our burdens at His feet. God will then free us, forgive us, and restore us. When faced with our mortality, instead of rehearsing a life of regrets, we can rejoice in the fact that to live is Christ and to die is gain. When we are at the end of our road, we can look back with a grateful heart knowing that we were not perfect, but we are justified by grace through faith in God. Praying to live without regret is choosing to live life consciously, wisely, honestly, with God’s grace and the joy of the Lord.

 

Simple Sample Prayer

Dear God help us to be honest with ourselves so that we can be honest with you and with others. Help us to take control of our lives and write our own narrative that lines up with your word, will and plan for us. Give us a clean heart and a pure mind that is not littered with unforgiveness and regret. Help us to get over our past losses, pains, offenses, failures, and rejections. You desire for us to have a life of joy and peace, not one filled with regret. Help us to seize every moment, and live every day to the fullest. In Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week#23

Entry#  023 Praying to be Thankful in a Thankless Job

We often do things on a regular basis that goes unnoticed and unappreciated. The greatest jobs that exist are those that serve others. If we want to be great in the kingdom of heaven, we must seek to serve much here on the earth. But those social and civil service jobs are often frown upon, and workers sometimes receive less pay for doing them. The benefits are generally very good, however. So is it in the spiritual realm. When we are servants of Jesus Christ, we are often devalued and overlooked. But the eternal benefits are monumental. Not only will we receive stars on our crowns in heaven, we get to live in God’s favor and blessings here on earth. Being a parent, educator or homemaker are often the most thankless but important jobs we can ever do. People often overlook the value of the services offered. Many jobs can be considered thankless because people take workers for granted while they are performing those tasks. Those jobs don’t directly affect people’s lives on a daily basis, but they are often crucial to the functioning of our society. Jobs like farmer, social worker, military personnel, garbage collector, first responders, and medical professionals, and delivery people are often seen as fixtures, and not people of prestige, value or purpose. However, that thankless job may be a blessing in disguise. It can provides a source of income, it can helps us clarify and articulate our goals, it can afford us the opportunity to access and utilize our skills and talents, it can provide networking opportunities, and it can sparkle a change in our lives causing us to reevaluating our paths and do some introspection. Jesus healed 10 men at one time and only one came back to say thank you. While working on a thankless job, we may never get the recognition we deserve. But God is always keeping score. He never forgets our labors of love and sacrifice. What we make happen for other people, God will eventually make happen for us. He can give us purpose and joy in a thankless job because it may be a part of His plan for us to be there. God may have planted us at a particular place to effect change, be a light, or be a witness of His love and grace. There is always a broader purpose; God may be developing our character for greater things He has in store for us. We are not to despise the day of small beginnings, because He that has begun a good work in us will perform and complete it through us. Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith, does not waste any of our experiences. He will bring purpose and wisdom out of all we go through. So praying to be thankful in a thankless job is choosing to see God‘s goodness in every situation. That’s why we need to be thankful in all things, for God causes them all to work out for our good.

 

Simple Sample Prayer:

Dear God, we come to you with thanksgiving and praise. We thank you for what you have already done, we praise you for what you are doing now, and we bless your name for what you are going to do. We recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from you, even a thankless job. We know that you can bring good out of a bad or less than ideal situation, and make every circumstance a teachable moment. Help us to learn what we need to from every place in life we find ourselves in. Help us to remember that our work is not in vain, and that if we are not weary in well doing, we will reap the benefits and blessing if we don’t give up. We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.

Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #22

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.