I need to start with a disclaimer. I am not a bible scholar nor am I a theologian. This change evolved because of circumstances in my life. It also started unintentionally and just kind of happened. Agree or disagree this is where I am at right now and I have noticed a dramatic growth.
A little over 4 months ago I stopped praying to receive anything material. New car, new house, new watch, bigger TV, more money – none of that. Oh, I’ll pray for your new house and for you to receive more money, but not for me to personally receive anything material.
For the last several years I have been actively involved in ministries that were focused on prosperity, and, even though I do believe God wants us to prosper, I have seen the collateral damage that results from always focusing on receiving instead of giving.
What I have noticed is that although people may have good intentions a giving heart cannot grow when a person is primarily praying to receive. Words about giving and helping others are said yet there is rarely any real follow-through. Since we are training our hearts and minds to be selfish giving to others only happens if there is no REAL sacrifice required.
The only things I ask to receive are help, strength, wisdom and courage!
Changes I have noticed:
- I care more about others
- I pray more for others
- I am more aware of relationships
- My needs are much simpler
- I am happy with what I get because I don’t expect a thing
- I am conscious about money yet money is no longer a priority
- I feel closer to a REAL and loving God who will supply ALL of my needs
- I have peace beyond comprehension
Try it. I dare you to go 30 days without praying for anything material.
Probably one of the best choices I have made.