Lord, I choose to have no other gods before You. I want to be free from the love of money. I desire and need Your blessing. Please help me learn to be only a steward of the things You allow me to have. I want to use or give them away however and whenever You desire, and for Your glory. Expose any hidden pockets of greed or selfishness in my heart. Help me turn from my selfishness to You, and to be free from the wrongful love of money. Make my heart desperate for You without having to be driven to desperation by poverty and need. Make me a conduit for Your blessing to others. Show me where You can’t trust me to be a steward. Send people into my life as I need them, to reveal my wicked ways and to help me change. I pray these things knowing that You will answer, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.
Lord, I know You are most often hindered in Your blessing of my life by the smallness in my heart to give to You and to others. Make me a radical, prompt-to-do-it, cheerful, big-hearted giver. Help me remember that as I give with the right motives, You will provide seed for more giving, and will provide for my needs. Grant me wisdom in my giving and help me to hear Your voice clearly. Forgive the stinginess in my heart, and remind me of how You and others have given so generously to me.
Lord Jesus, I want to be able to give abundantly to every good work as Your Spirit leads. Help me to sow liberally according to the little I have now, so I’ll have an abundance to give as my harvest comes in. In Your great name I ask it, Amen.
Lord, I know that Your plan is for me to work with diligence, and that Your financial blessing usually comes through my labor. I look to You as my source, but that does not excuse laziness as I work unto You and in obedience to the people You have given authority over my life. I will work as You provide opportunity, and unless You direct otherwise. I know the finances are not just to benefit me, but are also so that I can be useful in financing Your kingdom. Help me to find the balance between hard, diligent work, and putting my trust in You to provide my needs. I pray these things and I honor You in the Name of Jesus. Amen!
(Painting by Martin Driscoll)
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Holy Spirit, convict me of areas in my life that I’ve never yielded to You, the parts of the world and of my natural life to which I am very much alive. I want to be dead to the world and alive to You.
I humble my self before You, Lord. I hope in You, for only You can provide my real needs and bring fulfillment to my life. Teach me to give generously and lay up true treasures that will last.
Lord, help me to know that money is not the answer to my problems, but that You are what I really need. You know how much financial blessing I can handle and stay on fire for You. Don’t give me more than I can handle, unless it is to test me for a short season. Teach me to be desperate for You, to love You more than all that money can buy. Show me how to stay humble no matter what my circumstances, so that You can finance Your kingdom through me as You desire. Teach me to adapt my lifestyle to Your will for me, not just to my current financial state. I want You to be able to trust me to pass on wealth, and not just enlarge my lust to spend everything I receive. In Jesus’ name I ask it, Amen.
Lord, I believe that You are both able and willing to provide for me. You are my source of provision, not my job or the people in my life. Though You usually use those sources to provide for me, You are able and will provide when my job, friends and family all fail. I repent for the times when I have put my faith and trust in other sources of help instead of in You. Thank you for revealing my idolatry of trusting in work or savings, or other people before You. You are the God who provided for Your people in the desert with manna, meat, water, shade in the day, and fire by night. You are well able to meet my needs. Show me the part you want me to play in this process, for You said, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (I Thes. 3:10) I am willing to work hard, long and in humble circumstances as You desire. Help me to trust You. Teach me to have You as my greatest reward and not to just look for what You will give me. I want to seek Your Kingdom first, and I believe that as I do, You will provide the things I need. I ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.
This book was created to help people to develop spiritual habits and ways of thinking so they would be blessed in their finances. All of us start out a bit (or a lot) twisted in our thinking. We usually don’t realize just how much our wonderful Father God wants to bless us, just like any good earthly father wants to bless his kids. We have not realized that He’s looking for excuses, as it were, to help us. Likewise, we don’t realize that our (often orphan) mentality actually blocks His aid because of the spiritual principles He set up in the beginning (to bless us).
So the book design is to help you change your way of thinking about financial things to more like the way God thinks about them. It’s called renewing of the mind. As this happens, the goal is to have a faith in His desire and ability to provide for you to the point that you end up being a strength to others in hard times, instead of the other way around.