Asking For Prosperity

Q. Other than Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10) Can you give me scriptural evidence of anyone in the Word of God asking for financial prosperity? Is it not God who chooses to bless us as long as we remain in Him and and seek His Kingdom and His righteousness. I believe prosperity is a by-product or benefit of a relationship with God not the center piece of it. I believe God wants us to ask Him for a humble heart. Look at King Solomon. He asked for wisdom! Every time we see someone getting blessed it is because God did the blessing out of His Love, not because the “blessee” asked for it.

A. Jesus said to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and our other needs would be given us as well. (Matt. 6:33) He also said that He came so that we could have an abundant life. (John 10:10)

Americans are especially gullible about the so-called prosperity gospel because we think we deserve it even when we’re not doing our part, which is seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness. We also miss the point that the Bible promises us prosperity so that we can be generous, (2 Cor. 9:11) not so we can accumulate barns full of toys and live carnal lives of conspicuous consumption.

Jesus said, Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38). Many Christians would be much better off if they paid more attention to our part in that equation instead of waiting for the Lord to do His part.

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