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.”
NOT A WAY TO FINANCIAL GAIN
Stephen Karcher: Praying “appropriately” will increase our holiness; when we pray “appropriately,” our home resembles a temple, he writes. Children are born and raised in joy and love, prayer and work, respect for property, law and order, he writes.
True justice requires an exchange of equal value, not wealth or lack thereof. “The fundamental purpose animating the Faith of God and His Religion is to safeguard the interests and promote the unity of the human race,” Deverse writes.
BLESSING, YES … WEALTH, NO
Money is a strong competitor for the rulership of our hearts, and God alone is to be Lord. God warns us about the dangers of money, and knows that generosity draws our hearts toward heaven.
There is no link between being religious and being wealthy for the vast majority of humanity; however, certain religious groups are generally wealthy. So, no, praying “appropriately” does not make one wealthy. Next week’s topic: If everything good comes from God, where do “bad” things come from?
Can I pray to God for money?
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.
How do I get a financial blessing from God?
6 Biblical Wealth and Prosperity Secrets for Every Area of Your Life
- Keep His Commandments (Walk in His Ways)
- Honor God With Your Wealth.
- Develop Your Faith (Trust) in God.
What is the most powerful prayer for money?
I command you, O Subconscious Mind, to assist me in gracefully accepting God’s gifts of money, wealth, and abundance in order to make me wealthy and prosperous.
Is it bad to pray to win the lottery?
Is It Okay To Pray For The Lottery? Yes, God knows my heart. No, gambling is against God’s will. No, the bible doesn’t say you shouldn’t gamble.
Can God provide money?
God lists the production of money as a spiritual gift in Scripture, and the gift of giving is described in Romans 12:5-8. Obviously, if there is a gift of giving, there must also be a gift of gathering, as it is impossible to give otherwise. God promises that as we give, we will receive.
What does God say about financial hardship?
Acts 20:35 says, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work, we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus himself: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
What does God say about financial blessings?
u201cThe Lord’s blessing brings wealth without painful toil,u201d says Proverbs 10:22.
How do I pray to win the 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 are the most powerful prayers?
The Top 15 Most Influential Prayers
- Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that all my thoughts may be holy.
- The Lord is my shepherd
- I shall not want.
- O gracious and holy Father,
- Morning Prayer.
- Christ with me, Christ before me,
- The Serenity Prayer.
Why does God allow financial hardship?
God wants us to develop empathy and love for others. He wants us to know how it feels to be poor and have nothing so that when we have everything, we can look back and love our fellow humans.
What is a good prayer for healing?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.