Is it wrong to ask God to prosper you?
I’ve heard many religious teachings proclaim that it is wrong to want to prosper- that God wants you to be poor for some reason. This is simply a lie and does not line up with God’s will.
You can and should ask God to prosper you so that you can show forth His goodness in this world, and be a blessing to those around you.
Is God’s Will Prosperity?
We can always know the will of God because His will is His Word.
The Bible says that God wants you to prosper in all things and be in health.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. – 3 John 2 NKJV
In fact, God honors you when you ask Him to bless, protect, and provide for you!
God’s Will Is for You to Prosper in All Things
God so desires that His people understand and be established in the truth that we are so greatly loved by Him, and that He wants us to prosper.
Think about how parents on the earth want their children to prosper. You can’t find many good parents who don’t want prosperity for their children.
Our Heavenly Father is even better than earthly parents!
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! – Matthew 7:11 NKJV
All Scripture is Inspired by God
It is so important for you to know that all scripture is God breathed and inspired by the Holy Spirit. This is the foundation for understanding who God is and what His will is.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, – 2 Timothy 3:16
The apostle John, who was inspired by God, wrote this:
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things, and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” — 3 John 1:2 NKJV
This promise of prospering in all things and being in health is not of John’s own opinion, but God’s desire and will for all of us.
Remember that every word of this verse is God-breathed, and is Spirit-inspired.
God’s prosperity is not limited to one or two areas of our lives only. It is prosperity in all things.
God desires that you prosper in every single area of your life. This would include prosperity in your finances, in your physical, emotional, and mental health, in your relationships, in your family, and so on.
The verse also mentions “just as your soul prospers,”. You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). As you align your belief and thoughts with this reality, your soul will prosper more and more.
When God looks at you, because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross, He sees you righteous in Christ, holy and blameless in Him.
When you pray for prosperity, you can pray with boldness and faith knowing that you are righteous in Christ apart from your behavior.
It is God’s will that as His child, you prosper in all things.
It is God’s will for us to prosper in all things and be in health, and our part is to align ourselves with His will by praying it into existence. Just like in 3 John where the apostle John says, “I pray,” we are called by God to pray for these things (see 3 John 1:2).
When you look at Scripture, prayer is not about motivating or persuading God to do something good. Prayer is coming into agreement and alignment with the Word of God, declaring that His will be done as it is in heaven.
Receive On Earth As It Is In Heaven
Jesus says in Matthew 6:10: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
That is how God wants us to pray: “As it is in heaven, and so shall it be done on earth for us and our families.” If you are sick, pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. By declaring that in the kingdom of God there is healing, you will receive wholeness in your body.
God’s heart is always to prosper us and to provide abundantly for us. But He does not want us to be miserly, stingy, or greedy.
This is why God instituted the principle of the tithe and offering. Giving breaks the backbone of covetousness and greed, which is the love of money—the root of all evil (see 1 Tim. 6:10).
What does it mean for us to experience life “as it is in heaven”? In heaven, there is no virus, no sickness, no disease, no shortage, no lack, no poverty. God wants that for us here on earth.
Notice that it is the love of money that is evil. Money itself can be a tool for good when we use it to be a practical blessing to others in need.
As the Lord continually provides for you and prospers you, you are able to be a blessing to others.
Faith-filled Prayers Activate Jesus’ Power to Prosper You
The kingdom of God operates on faith. In fact, without faith, it is impossible to please God (see Heb. 11:6).
God wants you to prosper, for He has a purpose for you. He wants you healthy because He called you from your mother’s womb, and He wants you well-able to fulfill your calling.
Come to Jesus without doubt, and receive what you need by faith. Doubt will leave when you understand Jesus’s heart for you.
As believers, we are now in Christ risen, at the Father’s right hand, which is why we can pray and ask God for the blessing we want to see happen.
Peter asked Jesus to call him to walk on water, and Jesus said: “come.” Now walking on water is not a promise in the Scriptures, but a personal request and Jesus granted it. However, while Peter was walking toward Jesus, his eyes shifted from the Lord to his surroundings—the wind and the waves—and he started sinking. Immediately, Jesus reached out to him and said, “Why did you doubt?” (see Matt. 14:22–33).
When you take your eyes off Jesus and look at your circumstances, Jesus calls that doubt.
In this life, we are bound to have challenges, and we are not denying that those problems (e.g. sickness, depression) exist, but our reality is found in God’s promises for us.
Your reality is this: Jesus is above every storm. When you are in the midst of a storm, look to Him, for He is your answer. If you find yourself doubting, simply turn back to Jesus.
Instead of allowing your circumstances to create doubt, choose to stay in faith and place your trust in the Lord, for He will surely answer your prayers.
God Honors You When You Ask Him to Prosper You
Jabez was a man in the Bible whom the Lord called more honorable than his brothers.
In Hebrew, the name “Jabez” means “sorrow” or “pain.” But Jabez did not let the meaning of his name dictate his destiny. Instead, Jabez prayed a bold prayer to God, asking Him to prosper him. And God answered his prayer.
“And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 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.” — 1 Chronicles 4:9–10 KJV
God called Jabez more honorable than his brothers because he prayed for blessing. Jabez had the correct view of who God really was – a God willing and eager to bless him!
In Hebrew, the word for “bless” is “barak,” and it is used twice in this verse, which means that Jabez asked God to bless him richly.
By praying “enlarge my coast”, Jabez was asking the Lord to prosper him.
Religion may teach you that praying for prosperity is wrong, but this recording of Jabez’s prayer shows us that it is a prayer that God sees as honorable.
GOD CALLS IT HONORABLE WHEN YOU ASK HIM TO BLESS YOU.
Trusting God for your blessing, prosperity, and protection is what honors Him. When you are blessed, then you can be a blessing to others.
God wants you to live a good life. Jesus came to give life and life more abundantly (see John 10:10). Let’s lean into His love and believe the goodness of His heart for us to prosper in all things.
Meditate on God’s Word
When you constantly meditate on God’s Word, you will begin to see the promises of God manifest in your life. God’s Word influences and imparts faith to you.
As you meditate on what the Bible promises, your reality will align with the reality of God’s Word.
Jesus always gives grace freely, and He always blesses despite your background or situation.
Become a good steward of that prosperity and use it for God’s purposes!
Who is the man that fears the Lord?
Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.
He himself shall dwell in prosperity,
And his descendants shall inherit the earth.
The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant. – Psalm 25:12-14