When We Need Financial Wisdom
The blessing of the LORD makes one rich,
and He adds no sorrow with it.
God promises to “supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” when we love and serve Him (Philippians 4:19). But that doesn’t mean every day, all the time. Sometimes He uses financial need to test us, train us, or teach us. Sometimes He wants us to obey Him by giving more (Proverbs 28:27). Or He wants us to seek Him and trust Him for all our financial blessings (Luke 12:29-31). Other times He is leading us to do something different in our lives, and this is the way He gets our attention so we will follow Him (Psalm 34:10). God always wants us to seek Him first before anything else, because when we do that we will receive all we need (Luke 12:31).
When you pray for financial blessings, ask God to show you whatever you need to see about your finances. Are you experiencing a financial shortfall? Is one about to happen? Do you need to cut expenses? Live a simpler and less expensive lifestyle? Sell something? Change your job? Be wiser in your financial decisions? Give more to Him and to others? Or simply seek Him first for everything and learn to depend on Him for all you need?
David said that he had never seen “the righteous forsaken, nor his descendents begging bread” (Psalm 37:25). He said that “those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing” (Psalm 34:10). Let those words be a great encouragement to you. Live God’s way, seek Him for wisdom to guide you in all financial matters, and pray that His financial blessings will bring no sorrow with them.
My Prayer to God
Lord, I come to You with thanksgiving for all You have given us, and how You have blessed and sustained us for all this time. I lift up to You our finances and thank You for Your Word that promises You will supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19). I pray You would bless us with Your provision now. Open the storehouse of heaven and pour financial blessings upon us. Give us wisdom as to how to handle all finances, and keep us from making any foolish decisions. Bless our work with success.
Reveal to us how we can earn more and handle our finances more efficiently. Show us where we have spent unwisely and how we can cut back expenses. Show us if we are doing what You want us to do, or if You have other work for us. Open our eyes to see where we are not living Your way with regard to our finances. Convict us if we need to give more to You and to others. Teach us how to save, spend, invest, and better organize our money. I know that our true treasure is found in You. Forgive us for any times when we have not fully lived out that truth. We choose to seek You and Your kingdom first in our lives, trusting that You will provide all we need.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
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Adapted from: The Power of a Praying Wife Devotion © 2011 by Stormie Omartian. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR. Used by permission.
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Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author (more than 14 million books sold) of "The Power of a Praying" series, which includes The Power of a Praying Wife, The Power of a Praying Husband, and The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage. Her many other books include The Power of a Praying Life, The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children and Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married more than 37 years and are the parents of two adult children. www.stormieomartian.com
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