Shocked, But Not Really
I was recently teaching a Bible Study class regarding fundamental Christian stewardship principles. In the class was a really sweet, older lady who was telling the class about some mistakes she had made with her finances.
The mistakes she made were pretty serious, but her mistakes didn’t surprise me too much. What I did find surprising, though, was her statement that she had never even considered praying to the Lord about her financial decision-making. This was made even more surprising to me because she said that she had been walking with the Lord for 60 years!
As a stewardship pastor, I took this woman’s comments as a scathing indictment against those of us in leadership within the universal church. We as church leaders have done a very poor job in educating believers on a whole life, Biblical stewardship outlook.
God should be at the center of every part of our lives. He really should be the very FIRST thought in every aspect of our lives, including our personal finances.
So, How Should We Pray About Money?
When we pray about money, should we be selfish and ask for a million dollars in the bank and zero financial worries? No, of course not. These are not the kind of prayers I’m talking about.
I do believe, though, that there are specific ways we can pray about the money and resources He has entrusted us to manage:
- Pray for wisdom. James 1:5 tells us, If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. If you’re struggling in some of your financial decision-making, then God wants you to talk about it with Him. Don’t just rush in and make a hasty decision when it comes to your finances. Press pause, pray, read His Word, and reflect on God’s wisdom when it comes to His money.
- Pray for His will to be accomplished. James 4:13-15 states, Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” It’s too easy for us to assume things will happen for us tomorrow because we desire them to take place. In these verses, James reminds us that this life holds no guarantees. We should pray an attitude of “ … if it is the Lord’s will, then He will accomplish whatever He desires to do through us.”
- Pray for provision. Matthew 6:11 says, Give us this day our daily bread. In the Lord’s Prayer (or model prayer), Jesus gives us the example of praying for our daily needs. In order for us to survive as human beings, there are basic needs that we all must have: food, water, clothing, and shelter. A few verses later, in Matthew 6:32-33 we read, For the pagans run after all these things (basic needs), 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. God loves us and cares about our needs. If we will simply place Him and His Kingdom as our number one priority, He will take care of our daily needs.
Questions: So, is God your first or last thought when it comes to money? Are you praying for wisdom and guidance in your financial management? Are you praying for His will to be accomplished in your finances? Are you praying for His provision when you have needs? If not, why not?