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I have a question which I am to embarrassed to ask my priest. Is it acceptable to pray for money? I work for a company that pays out bonuses every six months. These bonuses are paid for work that it does beyond our normal job requirements. I push a lot of paper on a daily basis and every piece I push is worth an extra amount of money to my bonus once I push a certain amount. I am very blessed and lucky that I work for a company that offers this. The only compliant I have is sometimes it takes months for them to actually send the bonus checks to us. I am on a tight budget and I work really hard for my bonus money which I figure into my yearly budget. When it starts taking 4 months I become nervous that I won't be able to pay my bills. I am curious on what people think about praying to God for money. Is this right or wrong? It does make me feel guilty but I have earned it and I need it for my family. Guidance either way would be very helpful. Thanks in advance. God bless.

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I have a question which I am to embarrassed to ask my priest. Is it acceptable to pray for money? I work for a company that pays out bonuses every six months. These bonuses are paid for work that it does beyond our normal job requirements. I push a lot of paper on a daily basis and every piece I push is worth an extra amount of money to my bonus once I push a certain amount. I am very blessed and lucky that I work for a company that offers this. The only compliant I have is sometimes it takes months for them to actually send the bonus checks to us. I am on a tight budget and I work really hard for my bonus money which I figure into my yearly budget. When it starts taking 4 months I become nervous that I won't be able to pay my bills. I am curious on what people think about praying to God for money. Is this right or wrong? It does make me feel guilty but I have earned it and I need it for my family. Guidance either way would be very helpful. Thanks in advance. God bless.

 

Hello Mike,

 

Lemme ask you this. How would you feel about God if He removed all your financial resources? What if He bankrupt you and left you with nothing? Would you turn to God like Job and say I came into the world with nothing.... Would you seek a deeper lesson from financial destitute, that is, after praying for riches and having your income ripped out from underneath you through poverty? What if God in His wisdom answered your prayer through suffering and gave to you a priceless golden heart? Would you draw closer to God through the loss of materialism, giving thanks for nothing more than food or even a cardboard box?

 

I am not telling you whether it is right or wrong, but I'd just like you to consider some things since you ask.

 

God bless,

William

 

 

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I appreciate your quick response to my question. These are hard questions to answer. I would love to say what we know are the "right" answers to those questions you pose but to be honest I do not know how I would react to being bankrupt. As I am human I am sure I would react with anger but I would hope I would be able to know that God will guide the way even if I don't know He is at the time. .I will say that I do try to find the silver lining in all situations. I do put my faith in God and know that my life is in His hands, even when times are tough I always try to keep that in mind. As I said you post some hard but great questions, I will pray over these tonight. God bless you. If anyone else has any input I would really appreciate it.

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in
everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

(Philippians 4:6 ESV)

The Bible says we are to pray about everything. That certainly includes money. Also one of the requests in the Lord's Prayer is "Give us this day our daily bread." Usually he answers this request by giving us the money we need to buy food.

 

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Am I allowed to chip in here?

 

"Give us this day our daily bread". We pray to God every day for what we need, knowing that God is the giver of all. Gratitude for what we have, have had in the past and will have in the future is all we can express.

 

From Luther's Small Catechism:

 

THE FOURTH PETITION

 

Give us this day our daily bread.

 

What does this mean?

God certainly gives daily bread without our prayer, even to all the wicked; but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to acknowledge this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

 

What is meant by daily bread?

Daily bread includes everything needed for this life, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, fields, cattle, money, goods, God-fearing spouse and children, faithful servants and rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, order, honor, true friends, good neighbors, and the like.

 

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Well, Jesus said:

 

 

Matthew 6:25-34

 

[NLT] 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

 

 

Sure, ask God for what you need. Thank him for what he provides. Just don't ever forget to respect him for who He is. He is God, the Creator ... not Santa Claus or a prayer powered slot machine (too many so-called christians seem to forget that).

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I do appreciate all the guidance and input for my question in regards to praying for money. I never actually thought about "daily bread" and what it could mean. This could be seen as the means to provide (money) the daily bread (material objects) for myself and my family. I especially liked the response by RevT, it has been liked. I have seriously been conflicted about what I should ask God for. In the grand scheme of life and everyone on this planet and all the issues we face I feel guilty praying to God for money, it seems very trivial although necessary. Even if that money is something that will allow myself the ability to provide a righteous living for my gracious family. Once again, thank you all to responded. I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless!

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Well I cannot really speak to specifics here on anything that the Bible or a priest might say or think, but I would guess that if it is something like a life or death matter it would be okay. If we are in dire need of a little to buy food or something like that, then a little prayer for some help is certainly nothing to be ashamed about. Now that I think about I can say that I have done in some respects when you think of it like that. But, if you are going any further than that you might be crossing a line. Interesting stuff, though, and thanks for sharing.

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I pray for everything so I don't see what's wrong about praying for money. God blessed many of his believers with wealth. The important thing is not to make money your god. God will take care of you and already knows what you need before you ask it so you're simply laying your problems at his feet. I just don't think you should expect prosperity simply because you're Christian, but I don't think it's wrong to want to cover your bills.

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Am I allowed to chip in here?

 

"Give us this day our daily bread". We pray to God every day for what we need, knowing that God is the giver of all. Gratitude for what we have, have had in the past and will have in the future is all we can express.

 

From Luther's Small Catechism:

 

THE FOURTH PETITION

 

Give us this day our daily bread.

 

What does this mean?

God certainly gives daily bread without our prayer, even to all the wicked; but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to acknowledge this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

 

What is meant by daily bread?

Daily bread includes everything needed for this life, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, fields, cattle, money, goods, God-fearing spouse and children, faithful servants and rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, order, honor, true friends, good neighbors, and the like.

 

Thanks for sharing Luther's Small Catechism, RevT. I only have to add that I think it also important to recognize the plurality of the Disciple's prayer. The words used are "we, us, our" etc. We are praying this prayer as the body of Christ, not individually, but in concert with everybody who's asking for the same thing: to feed us, forgive us, and protect us.

 

God bless,

William

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I must say that all of the above posts are most excellent! A question posed humbly and simply, and answered with the same. No debate, just a Christian family coming together in councel. Wonderful! This is more of what a Christian type forum should be and look like.

 

If I may though, please permit me to add one thing more to the mix.

I look at Mat. 7:7 where we are told by the Master to ask, knock and seek. Surely everyone is familiar with it but sometimes there is a little that we do not see when we recite these verses or any corresponding verses for that matter.

I believe @William touched upon it, even though he didn't write it, in his first answer which is the oft forgotten word......."wisdom".

While I do not believe for an instant that it is wrong to ask for money or anything else for certainly the "desires of our heart" might be many but still....................?

 

We are told to be specific with our askings to the Father, but then, we are told "Ye shall say unto the mountain"! A quandary to say the least.

Certainly, Is it not the same as a child who should want a cup of water? Even though our earthly dad knows we want water, he might be waiting for us to ask. But, what if we are tall enough finally to get our own water? Should we ask our parents for water or ask for wisdom and teaching in order that we should be now able to get our own?

 

I live by faith that it is the same with our Heavenly Father. All things great and small can be taken to the Father but now that I am older and have more faith and can tend to my own dealings much better, knowing that He is still in the lead and watching, I tend to ask the Father for the Wisdom it might take to achieve those things that I believe I need whether for myself or someone else.

It is a fantastic feeling when we know that the knowledge of "how to" came from God, our Father!

 

James 1:5............If any of you lack Wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all to men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

 

Praise God and God Bless each of you mightily!!! Bobby

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There is a difference between praying for needs and praying to get wealthy or to obtain a middle class lifestyle. I do think God wants us to pray for needs. However, there is a catch. You have to obey God's teachings. Otherwise, the probability is that God will ignore your request.

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There is a difference between praying for needs and praying to get wealthy or to obtain a middle class lifestyle. I do think God wants us to pray for needs. However, there is a catch. You have to obey God's teachings. Otherwise, the probability is that God will ignore your request.

Hey @Jason76, welcome to Christforums!

There are so many human made caveats to the practice of prayer that it is sometimes hard to fathom reality from fiction.

The only thing God WILL not and CAN not do is sin. The rest is up to Him and His wisdom.

I would venture to say that I am Extremely careful not to teach probabilities or improbabilities when it comes to what God will or will not do. Who is the one who would possess the knowledge of what will Glorify God and what will not? We know through the scriptures of what God needs us to do as His children, but we do not know what needs He might have in some situations.

 

Yeah, I know that the scriptures do say that the prayers of a righteous man availeth much but then I know of a true agnostic whose single prayer was heard and answered in a most spectacular way!

 

In short, if perchance a person's personal conversations with the Father might glorify Him in some seemingly frivolous way, so be it. Only God knows the hearts of man.

 

Do please note: I am definitely NOT a "name it and claim it" kind of person but I do believe in possibilites and often pray for the wisdom to achieve those possibilities.

 

God Bless, and again, welcome.........Bobby

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There is a difference between praying for needs and praying to get wealthy or to obtain a middle class lifestyle. I do think God wants us to pray for needs. However, there is a catch. You have to obey God's teachings. Otherwise, the probability is that God will ignore your request.

Hello and Welcome Jason,

 

In my Pentecostal church, Tyrone likes to talk about God 'rebuking the devourer' (a reference to Malachi 3:11). As a personal observation, a great deal of the biblical advice on how to live and how to handle money and things placed in your responsibility tend to be helpful in fending off the sort of loss that comes from neglect and greed and get-rich-quick schemes. So I see obeying God's teachings as a way to avoid foolish and expensive mistakes and to make the daily journey a lot less stressful.

 

It seems to me less a case that God is not giving, than we are loosing it faster than God is giving. I know people whose ability to throw good money after bad far exceeds my ability to loan them money to throw. I need to stop enabling and let them learn some lessons the hard way. I think God encounters the same thing a lot.

 

Just some thoughts based on personal observations.

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Possibly in some cases good people might go thru spells of bad fortune as a test, but overall God wants his people to live decently. However, the whole idea of prosperity as espoused by get rich preachers is an abomination to God in my opinion. However, even these schemers are normally at least saying some truth, in that they claim obedience is needed to gain blessing.

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Praying has different purposes:

You pray to gain material benefits (money for instance). This is not wrong because it is acceptable to ask for good life against our devotion to God.

You pray for spiritual benefits, for example you want God's favor in heaven.

You also pray for the benefits of the world. This is the best purpose of praying.

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Asking God for further funds or resources with which to further His kingdom here upon the earth is not a bad thing altogether. Even when done for a more personal purpose or reason, it still does not imply a bad thing. God wants to bless us sometimes.

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My personal opinion is that it isn't wrong to ask God for anything that we need. Keep in mind though that God knows our needs (even better than we do) and that he wants to bless us. I think sometimes, it's just a matter of trust, as in, not stressing over it and trusting that He will make sure you have it when you need it.

 

I'm not judging or scolding, just sharing something I've been learning (although it's still a work in progress). Stress and worry are parts of fear, and there is no fear in perfect love. I just keep confessing my fear and trying to hand more things over to Him.

 

Best wishes.

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Personally I am not comfortable praying for money, but then I'm not comfortable asking anyone for it!

 

I don't think it is wrong to ask God for what you need, but you can't be certain of the way he will answer. He has a better overview of things than we do. The other thing is the difference between praying for things you need or things you want. The first he may provide, whether in a form you expected or not, but the second he may not, especially if he knows it would be actively harmful to you in a way you may not have seen.

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Personally I am not comfortable praying for money, but then I'm not comfortable asking anyone for it!

 

I don't think it is wrong to ask God for what you need, but you can't be certain of the way he will answer. He has a better overview of things than we do. The other thing is the difference between praying for things you need or things you want. The first he may provide, whether in a form you expected or not, but the second he may not, especially if he knows it would be actively harmful to you in a way you may not have seen.

 

Couldn't agree with you more, Chatterbox. In 1 Timothy 6:10 it says, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs."

 

My question is why would we pray for something or why would God bless us with us something that leads so many away from the faith?

 

I am glad you distinguished between a need and want, because the same chapter of 1 Timothy 6 says, "8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction."

 

Again, why would we pray beyond our basic needs for something that is seemingly harmful?

 

God bless,

William

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Again, why would we pray beyond our basic needs for something that is seemingly harmful?

 

God bless,

William

For the same reason a child asks for ice cream for every meal or that shiny toy on the shelf. Yes it is fun, it would be nice, but as parents we know better than to give in because in the long term it is bad for them (tooth decay, weight gain, diabetes and more). A child couldn't even comprehend these problems, and even if you sat down and tried to explain it in small words they don't have the viewpoint to understand. They'll get it once they are adults themselves.

 

In the same way we pray for wealth, success, etc. but God may say no because that's not what we need. He can explain it clearly over and over, but we simply do not have the context to see why not or the viewpoint to care about the explanation. Like the child being told to eat veggies eventually we have to accept "Because I said so" as the whole and total truth.

 

But God knows what is in someone's hearts when they pray, and like any parent he can be patient with his children - every when they ask for ice cream every day!

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Personally I am not comfortable praying for money, but then I'm not comfortable asking anyone for it!

 

I don't think it is wrong to ask God for what you need, but you can't be certain of the way he will answer. He has a better overview of things than we do. The other thing is the difference between praying for things you need or things you want. The first he may provide, whether in a form you expected or not, but the second he may not, especially if he knows it would be actively harmful to you in a way you may not have seen.

 

If I need it, I'd ask. Another thing I'm learning is that we don't always need to ask so specifically. Instead of asking for money, sometimes, it's better to just ask for help (for example).

 

One of my relatives was struggling with a financial problem. Instead of seeking money, she sought help. Just asked in an open-ended way. So, her prayer was answered, but in a surprising way. Instead of a windfall to pay the bill, the amount she needed to pay ended up being much lower than originally billed.

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Although I understand the situation, I don't think it's right to pray for money.

 

The correct thing in my view is to pray to get a correct way (a job) to get the money you need.

 

Praying for the money it seems to me just something empty, without much sense.

 

We all have needs that only money can solve, but they are certainly not our real needs.

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He does have a job though. The concern is that his bonus (which he has calculated into his annual budget) will not arrive in time to pay specific bills.

 

Personally, I see nothing wrong with praying for that money to arrive on time. I don't see anything wrong with praying for enough money to pay your bills in general. Praying for wealth or for "free money" is another thing entirely. That's not the case here though.

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I think a Christian shouldn't pray directly for money. Rather, I think one should pray for wisdom and enlightenment to know and serve God better. By so doing, money will definitely follow. In asking for money, one should pray for others to get good money first before praying for your financial condition.

However, this should be the last thing on your prayer order during each prayer. Remember, you also have to forgive others of their sins committed against you. This takes away any bitterness in your heart, which in effect prevents your blessings from reaching you. Again, personal needs like money should be the last thing on your prayer list during prayer. :D

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