How much time do you spend praying over your finances?  I find that there is a negative correlation between the amount of money we have and the amount of time we spend in prayer over our money and stewardship issues.  Logic would say that the more we have been entrusted with the more we should feel the need to pray for wisdom.  In reality, however, we tend to not feel in need and can become lackadaisical in this regard.

The need to ground ourselves in the truth is great.  Digital Marketing experts estimate that most Americans see between 4,000 – 10,000 advertisements per day, almost all of which go against the truth we see in Scripture.  Praying over our finances is an acknowledgment of our role as stewards and gives us a direct line of contact to the Owner.  If you’re wanting to jump start your financial prayer life, here are five great prayers you can pray:

Thanksgiving

Thank you, God of creation, for all the good things You’ve richly provided for our enjoyment – for food, clothing, and home; for entertainment and “toys”; for ________ (list your specific blessings).  Help me to hold on to these things loosely, honoring You by using them for Your eternal purposes (1 Tim 4:4, 6:17; 1 Cor 7:30-31)

Generosity

Out of the abundance You have given me, and through the compassion You have put in me, I will give generously to those in need.  Father, I choose to give cheerfully and willingly, just as You have given so graciously to me.  Remove any stinginess or fear from my heart and make me aware of the needs in my relationships, community, and the world. (Jas 2:15-16; 2 Cor 9:7; 1 Cor 4:7; Prov 28:22)

Contentment

I acknowledge that this world has nothing that can truly satisfy.  I repent from trying to store up treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.  Forgive me for worrying that I might not have enough to live on.  I see evidence of your faithfulness all around me.  I choose now to stop worrying and instead to ask you for ________.  Thank you for always providing exactly what I need.  If I have food and clothing, I can be content with that.  (Matt 6:19, 25-31; 1 Tim 6:8, 17)

Spending

Because everything I have is Yours, I will seek your wisdom in every financial decision.  Enable me to do Your will with Your money, time and talents.  Help me to neither fear spending money nor love spending money.  Specifically, I ask for wisdom with __________. (1 Chron 29:11; Prov 3:6; 1 Cor 10:31; Eccl 5:10)

Investments

Father, are there areas in which You want me to take obedient risks with the wealth You have entrusted to me, in order to bring a return that will serve You and Your kingdom?  Keep me from acting out of either fear or greed.  You give and You take away; blessed be the name of the Lord. (Matt 25:24-27; Phil 4:6-7; Luke 12:15; Job 1:21)

 

These prayers are all rooted in Scripture and can be prayed for a lifetime.  Know that we are praying for our clients in their stewardship journeys, and we always welcome your prayers for us as well!