Do you think it is wrong to ask the Lord
to help you with finances?
The Bible does not condemn people for
praying about finances. In fact, when Jesus gave His
exemplary prayer, He made sure to include this: Matt 6:9, 11
"This, then, is how you should pray:... Give us today our
However, we can pray for financial blessing for the wrong
motive. This is the wrong way to pray, and those who pray
this way cannot expect to be blessed. What are some wrong
motives for requesting financial help?
1. Selfishness and greed. James 4:3 "When you ask, you do
not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you
may spend what you get on your pleasures."
2. Worry. Matt 6:25-34 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry
about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your
body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than
food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the
birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in
barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not
much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add
a single hour to his life? "And why do you worry about
clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not
labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all
his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how
God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and
tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more
clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying,
'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What
shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things,
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. Therefore do not worry
about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each
day has enough trouble of its own."
Why can we not be blessed if we pray because we are worried?
Very simply because being worried is a manifestation of lack
of trust in the Lord! Too often we pray about facts (I lost
my job! I don't have the money to buy a new car. My fridge
broke down...), and not about truth. The truth is that God's
Word is always true, and it is filled with promises that God
always keep. 1 Peter 1:24-25 "All men are like grass, and
all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass
withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord
Our facts may be facts today, but they won't be facts 10
years from now. God's Word is always true-yesterday as well
as today and as tomorrow. God is not a liar! His Word is
truth and He will always honor the prayer based on His Word
and is pronounced in faith for unselfish reasons. This is
why James encouraged us to: James 1:22 "Do not merely listen
to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
Reading God's Word, but not applying it in your life, is
like sowing seeds on cement and then complaining that you
have received no crop. God's Word needs to be sown in our
heart, and through God's Holy Spirit, it needs to germinate
with the ultimate goal of a harvest of good fruit.
Don't pray the facts of your life my friend. Pray the truth
of God's Word, pray His promises and make them your own. Do
you want to have a powerful prayer life? Base your prayers
on God's promises and let God's Spirit guide you in your
prayers. John 16:13 "But when he, the Spirit of truth,
comes, he will guide you into all truth."
Stop acting like Martha, although she had good intentions,
but start to wait for the Lord like Mary did. Luke 10:38-42
"As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a
village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.
She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet
listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all
the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and
asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to
do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" "Martha,
Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about
many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen
what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
God is not a "fast food restaurant" kind of God. You cannot
order Him around to achieve your own selfish goals. He is
the Creator, and He will only do what is best for us-not
what we think is best for us. His promise stands firm: Isa
40:31 "Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new
strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They
will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become
Are you willing to wait for the Lord? Are you ready to stop
praying the facts of your life and start trusting God? Are
you willing to pray only truth from now on and experience
God's promises in your life? The choice is yours my friend.
You can experience His power in your life. All it requires
is trust and start digging for His golden promises found in
His Word. Are you willing to do that?
No it is not wrong as such, but how you do
it will mean a lot.
Firstly you must understand that we already have a promise
that God will take care of all our material needs.
Matthew 6:31-AV Therefore take no thought, saying, What
shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall
we be clothed?
Matthew 6:32-AV (For after all these things do the Gentiles
seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of
all these things.
Matthew 6:33-AV But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and
his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto
Matthew 6:34-AV Take therefore no thought for the morrow:
for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.
In these verses we are told to not worry about material
needs. We need to be careful when asking for help with
finances that we do not demonstrate a lack of faith in this
promise. God does not reward a lack of faith in His
promises, rather He rewards faith that He told us the truth.
So there is one difficulty to get around. He reads the heart
There is another problem when asking for material needs for
self. If there is any gain in it for you personally you have
the difficulty of convincing God that this is not going to
be used unwisely or in any way corrupt you.
Jam 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that
ye may consume [it] upon your lusts.
A prayer for a win in the lottery for instance is just
wasting your time and indicating that you need further
instruction on how to ask things of God.
I know there are texts in the bible that, taken in
isolation, often give the impression that God 'must' answer
your prayer and that you can ask 'anything' in His name and
it will be granted. When reading these texts you must
understand that the conditions for successful prayer are
implied. Given that all these conditions are met, then yes,
these statements are correct. Read the responses to the
recent answer to the question 'Why does it seem that prayers
are sometimes not answered?' to get a more detailed picture
of the things to avoid when submitting prayer.
1Jo 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him,
that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth
1Jo 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask,
we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Note in the above verses that the key to receiving is to ask
'according to His will'. That encompasses a whole range of
conditions for successful prayer.
There are verses in the bible that seem to indicate that
repeated asking will get a response because the person being
asked will eventually give in to get you off his back. I am
loathe to apply these examples as being an indication that
repetitive prayer for something will succeed. I rather think
that these examples were given to apply to requesting things
of other people. God does not seem to me to be vulnerable to
nagging and His patience is infinite. These examples also
raise a conflict with the principle that we are to ask and
then 'believe' that our prayer is answered. Continued
repetition of the same prayer or nagging would seem only to
There are examples of successful prayer for self in the
bible. Notably the prayer of Jabez and the prayer of Solomon
that he might have wisdom. Jabez's prayer is rather famous.
1Ch 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh
that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast,
and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest
keep [me] from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God
granted him that which he requested.
First of all Jabez asked God to bless him. You may do the
same. God loves to give blessings to his children. Jabez did
not specify what type of blessing he should receive, he left
that to God.
Secondly, Jabez asked God to enlarge his coast, or
boundaries. In other words to give him more
Thirdly Jabez asked God that His hand might be with him. If
we have our responsibilities increased we will reach the
point where we cannot do the work in our own strength
because there is too much. If we have the hand of God with
us then there is no limit to what we can achieve.
Fourthly Jabez asked God to keep him from evil that it not
grieve him. In other words he wanted God to protect him from
becoming puffed up with his own importance, to not do things
that would hurt people, to protect him from his sinful human
nature so that he might be a good administrator of all that
God had given him.
This is the kind of prayer for self that is not 'selfish'
and is likely to be answered. So I would suggest that
instead of praying for help with finances and risking
offending God by demonstrating a lack of faith, ask instead
for God's blessing on your life. He knows what you have need
of. Remember that a person with plenty, who has need of
nothing in a material sense is unable to receive a blessing
in this way. But a person who is in financial trouble, who
prays the right way with the right attitude, will receive
blessing after blessing as God provides for them in
Dear reader if you do not have God's blessing in your life
please answer "The Savior's Call" in this newsletter.
I'll answer that
question with this quote from the Bible: "I wish that you
prosper and be in good health even as your soul prospers".
I believe God wants to be
involved in our finances in orders that we build faith and
to bless us.
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may
be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the
LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven,
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room
enough to receive it." Malachi 3:10
If you don't believe in tithe, check out Malachi 3:8, the
money given will either be tithe or offering, given by
Spiritual Israel (for another question). May God bless you
Teri Foster in CO
I think it is okay to ask
God for help with finances. we can ask him anything.
finances can be a touchy subject. I do not think we should
ask for wealth...but needs. even to the point to asking for
help and guidance and managing our finances. asking for help
and waiting on the Lord's answer is just one part of the
awesome relationship we have with Him. I might add, and some
might not want to hear this. Jim and I strongly believe in
giving that portion of what we have "back" to the Lord as we
believe it is not our to begin with and then to go on and
give beyond that cheer givers always find that somehow
someway our Lord always provides for us. love and prayers,
Judie and Jim
I think God wants us give
Him all our burdens and cares and sometime finances can be a
I believe that the Lord
likes to have us ask for anything. He likes us to trust Him
with everything ... including our finances. It says to ask
and you shall receive. I think you should ask the Lord about
everything (and every aspect of our lives) ... after all He
even knows the number of hairs on our heads ... He cares.
James 4:3 says, When you
ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives,
that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. Evidently
asking with the right motives is okay. If you don't receive,
you'd better check out your motive. If you trust in God, it
really doesn't matter the amount of income. I've learned
that the reason God gives me anything beyond my need is to
pass on to those with the need. Everything we receive from
God is only a loan which must be returned to the owner:
money, body, heart, persons we love, family members,
friends--everything. Our salvation cost God everything He
has and everything He is. The cost of our salvation is the
same for us. That is what we must pay to buy from Him the
gold of love, the white clothes of righteousness, and the
eye salve of understanding the Bible. Revelation 3:18.
No, I do not think it is
wrong to ask for God's help with money. I do think that
requests for extravagant houses/cars/gifts will fall on deaf
ears. However, seeking God's will in relationship to your
finances is part of fitting your will with God's will. The
real question is not whether it is wrong to ask God for
help, but rather what your motives are for doing so. God
wants each of us to be happy. None of us to be poor. But in
this country we are all so richly blessed, compared to those
around the world and those who have lived centuries before
us, that none of us is really poor. What most of us need to
ask God's help with is not making more money, but spending
it wisely, using it to help others, using our resources to
build up other people and the church.
Not actually. He wants us
to "Cast All Our Cares On Him For He Cares For Us." That
would include any cares about finances. To pray to Him to
make a way for us to meet all our financial responsibilities
is absolutely fine. BUT, it wouldn't be fine to just pray
for extra money to have for material desires of our heart.
He knows what we need before we even ask Him, but it is His
desire that we come to Him in prayer for EVERYTHING we need.
MAY ALL BE BLESSED!
I don't think it is WRONG
to ever ask GOD for help with anything. Money is a necessity
to live in this day and by asking God for help you are only
asking for him to fulfill his promise of abundance. People
have such conflicting views about money. Money is just a
means of exchange and a way of freedom. No big deal.
No, I don't think it's
wrong to ask for help, but we should keep a few things in
mind when praying for finances (or anything else):
1. We should always submit to God's will in prayer. (Luke
2. A prayer like Jesus taught us in the Lord's Prayer (give
us today our daily bread, Matthew 6:11)is a good model of
how to pray for financial needs. God will give us what we
need for each day if we ask Him. However, a prayer that I've
actually heard in real life, which I think is unreasonable,
is someone promising God they will do all these great things
for Him if He allows them to win the lottery. I don't think
this shows good faith or obedience to the will of God.
3. There is nothing wrong, I think, with praying about
specific financial problems, but we should also be open to
other blessings from God that we may overlook. Sometimes,
even a non-specific prayer is good, such as the one prayed
by Jabez, "Oh, that you may truly bless me and extend my
boundaries! Help me and make me free of misfortune, without
pain!" (1 Chronicles 4:10, New American Bible) Your sister
Very few realize that
Jesus spoke more about stewardship and proper handling of
money than He did heaven or hell.... if Jesus put a premium
on finances, then He must want us to have wisdom on finance
- that being said - we're told to seek wisdom - Godly wisdom
- so certainly, we are to go to Him regarding money.
Absolutely not! In fact
it is imperative that we do ask of Him. God expressly wants
us to be good stewards of His financial blessings to us; if
we don't know how to handle that with which He has graced us
then we have no option _but_ to ask (James 1:5). However, if
our motives are wrong - praying for a lottery win, for
example - then the answer is also to be found in James
He has promised to meet our needs, and His promise is
faithful. So long as we obey the 1st Commandment and do not
try to serve two masters (Matt 6:24) God will always bless
The Lord would like for
us to take all of our problems to Him. If we seek wealth for
wealth sake, then don't call. You have a idol. If you are in
dire financial straights, as I am currently, yes take it to
God in Prayer.
I lost part of my thumb during an accident and my wife had
surgery. We are still paying off these hospital/doctor
bills. But with God's help, they will be finished in two
During the tough times, we got tough. We ate at home, prayed
every night and were fine. We have a new view on finances.
There is a huge gap between needs and wants.
My wife is from Mexico and believes the people there are
more spiritual, in general, than people from the USA. I have
to agree. We have too many 'things'. We buy things, fix
things, store things and sometimes they get in the way and
obsure our spiritual vision. It is easier for a poor person
to enter the kingdom of God because his interests are better
defined. I am guitly of too many 'things',. I am selling two
motorcycles and two cars, but still will have one
motorcycle, a pickup, a van and two cars, two homes. Time to
downsize, simplify my life.
B. J. Cassady