Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well. I know how hard these months have been for many of You and now hope for an end to lockdown and vaccine success.
There is nothing wrong with praying for national prosperity. For example, a wealthy Britain affords her citizens vaccines and hospitals. What can be wrong with that?
Proverbs 23:5 says:
“Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” A good job or business and its steady earnings can be here today and gone tomorrow. Be rich in good deeds.
Praying that You add a thirty ninth Rolls Royce to your collection by the end of the month – there is likely something morally lacking in that. God considers everything a blessing. Our finances should be viewed as blessings from God and they should be offered to build up God’s Kingdom.
In Matthew 6:9, 11, Jesus offers His exemplary prayer which helps us with this question:
“This, then, is how you should pray…Give us today our daily bread.”
Of course we can pray for a financial blessing with the wrong motives in mind. Some of these wrong motives are selfishness and greed. When it comes to greed, the Bible is clear:
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3).
If you are greedy you won’t get anywhere far in life because you will always worry about what you don’t have in life. God provides enough to satisfy our every need.
Another wrong motive is worry. Scripture says:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:25-34).
The reason we cannot be blessed if We pray from a place of worry is because worry is a manifestation of our lack of trust in God. Too often We pray by offering up our wish list of wants when We really should see everything that God offers us as a blessing. If We pray about truth, We are acknowledging that God’s Word is always true and filled with promises that God always keeps.
God bless you all. Have a splendid and prosperous week ahead.
Give me assurance that, as I seek your will, you will bless me with prosperity. May the love of the Father, the tenderness of the Son, and the presence of the Spirit, gladden my heart and bring joy to my soul, today and for all days. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.