The past few weeks I've been reminded in a bunch of ways of just how woefully inadequate I've been when it comes to praying to God in all things. As Christians I feel we constantly need to be in relationship with Christ, seeking guidance, asking for things we need and praising him for all the blessings he has given us. This includes praying about our financial life.
A couple of weeks ago at church our pastor talked about prayer in his message. He said that we need to approach God in prayer, and not just with generalities, but with specifics.
A lot of times we don't see the need to be specific in our prayer because we figure that “God already knows what I need”. But God likes specifics. Look at the story of the blind man that was healed by Jesus in Luke 18:
He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
The blind man asks Jesus to have mercy on him. While it may have been obvious that the blind man wanted his sight, Jesus asked him what he wanted – he wanted him to be specific in his prayer, and step out in faith and ask for what he needed. When he told Jesus what he wanted specifically, and had faith he would receive it, Jesus healed him.
In the same way, I think we need to step out in faith, and ask Jesus for what we need in our financial life – and be specific. Of course we need to make sure that what we are asking for fits within the will of God, but when it does, pray specifically about it.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philipians 4:6-7
Keep These Things In Mind
This is what I've been reminded of this week:
- We need to be in prayer “in everything”.
- We need to present our requests to God, and be specific.
- We need to be thankful for what he's already given us.
- We need to praise him for who he is, and what he's done for us.
Pray about your financial life and God will hear your prayer. Whether or not your request is granted is up to Him, but Philipians says that when you pray to him, no matter the outcome, he will give you a peace that transcends all understanding. To me that's better than anything that money could buy.
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Have you prayed about your money situation?