Faith Forum: Will God make us rich if we pray ‘appropriately’?
What is more important: spiritual wealth or material wealth? Will God make us wealthy if we pray “properly”? Are money and God linked? What is wrong with prospering under God’s blessing? These are some of the questions we asked our panel of distinguished religious leaders in the region.
ISLAM’S DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM
Muhammed A. Quddus: Desiring worldly treasure is fully compatible with Islam; material wealth does not indicate God’s approval or disapproval of its owners; and partaking wealth in the form of spending to carry out righteous deeds is mandated by the Quran.
WHY WE PRAY
Lauri Anne Reinhart: The question is whether God is a puppet responding to our pulling on divine strings. We pray to deepen our relationship with God, not to become wealthy, she says, and believing that we can pray in such a way that God must respond is idolatry.
GOOD KARMA, GOOD LIFE
Prayers to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas act to orient the mind in a wholesome way, Matthew T. Fisher writes, and a wholesome life is a life rich in compassion and wisdom.
GREED-DRIVEN PRAYERS NOT APPROPRIATE
It is appropriate to pray for prosperity in order to achieve financial security and the ability to help others. When a greedy person becomes wealthy, it is not because God answered their prayers. Christ taught us to seek him first and foremost, and then other blessings will be added.
MODESTLY CLOSE TO THE EARTH
When it comes to living with light, prayer, and connectivity, Cash (Doesn’t) Rule Everything Around Me. From a tribal perspective, when we have balance with nature and live the life that was intended for us, we’re already rich. Americans love the idea of wealth.
G-D PROVIDES SOUL NEEDS
Chasing money is an unfulfilling path, according to Judaism. A request for parnasah (Hebrew for sustenance, income) is included in daily prayers, and we must recognize when we have “enough.”
What does God say about Rich?
u201cCast only a glance at riches, and they are gone,u201d says Proverbs 23:5, u201cfor they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.u201d A good job or business with steady earnings can come and go. Be rich in good deeds.
Can you pray being rich?
Though Judaism does not condemn wealth, praying for it is unwise. Chasing money is an unfulfilling path. One may certainly pray to G-d for whatever one requires, including a sufficient income; in fact, a request for parnasah (Hebrew for sustenance, income) is included in daily prayers.
Who is the God of wealth in the Bible?
Mammon was regarded as a demon by Gregory of Nyssa, St. John Chrysostom, and Peter Lombard; medieval theologians assigned seven archdemons to the seven deadly sins, and Mammon became the demon of greed; he was also conflated with the Greek god Plutus and depicted as the seductive god of riches.
What does God say about rich and poor?
u201cFor you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, he became poor for your sake, so that you might become rich through his poverty.u201d 2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV)
What does the Bible say about a rich man going to heaven?
“I tell you the truth, it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven,” Jesus said, “but if you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”
Is it a sin to be depressed?
When dealing with people in the church, some see mental illness as a weakness u2014 a sign that you don’t have enough faith.
Can you pray to win lottery?
Lord, I know I’m not worthy of you, I know I have sins, I’m not perfect, but I’m here begging you to help us overcome all of our financial difficulties, to help us win the lottery even once, to help us get our money back, to help those who have wronged us, thank you Oh God.
What did Jesus say about wealth?
“How difficult it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God,” Jesus says in response to the young man’s despair. “Who then can be saved?” they wonder.
What does Jesus say about the rich?
If the rich young ruler kept his wealth, Jesus knew he would not obey the most important thing he told him u2013 u201cand come, follow me.u201d Getting rich is a foolish goal because you can’t take it with you (I Timothy 6:7). No one needs millions of euros.
Who are the gods of wealth?
According to the United Nations Roma Victrix, three Gods of Wealth in Roman culture named Eventus Bonus, Fortuna, and Abundatia are identical to the English words Bonus, Fortune, and Abundance, and the financial publication Fortune is named after the Roman God Fortune.
What does the Bible say about being too generous?
2 Corinthians 9:10-15 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God through us, and their hearts will go out to you in their prayers for you because of the exceeding grace God has given you.
What the Bible Says About Sleep and poverty?
‘He who loves to sleep and fold his hands, poverty will come upon you like a thief in the night,’ says the Bible.
What does the Bible say about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer?
“To him that hath,” etc. is a reference to Matthew 25:29 (the parable of the talents, see also Matthew effect).