Everything you do should begin and end in dialog with Jesus Christ.
Everything Prayer and repentence is a by product of sin. Without sin we wouldn't have the problems we face within ourselves, with others and especially with God. The thing damaged cannot fix himself. You need someone greater than yourself in order to produce a different outcome. Everything you do in Christ must answer a specific issue within you. Going to God about your finances means thinking and responding to your finances differently. If you want a different outcome, then you are in the right place.
Without sin there would be no difference between how God thinks and how we would respond to Him. There would be no sleepless nights or worry and stress associated with the unknown, no doubt or lack of knowledge of what the will of God is.
The natural man is a flawed creature by nature. What makes him appear normal are the systems around him. But in God's eyes, it required the death, bural, and resurrection of his only begotten son - whom the world rejects.
The natural man cannot please God... ever!
God says we are to be a peculiar people and a royal priesthood, and did not ask for our suggestions concerning the matter. He also says we are in the world, but not of it; which indicates that our lives are not governed by a system built by the natural mind.
Since the natural man cannot ever please God, and he established the rules around how money will work for you; it stands to reason that his rules will somehow violate the behaviors God defines as his righteousness and way of thinking.
You cannot serve God and mammon. You become a servant when some part of your life is not free.
Therefore, managing your finances is the right thing to do.
Prayer answers the question, "How do I talk to God?" However, it doesn't answer the question of how to pray or what to say. It doesn't answer the question of how God wants us to approach him.
He did, however, appoint the responsibility of teaching us his ways to the Holy Ghost, who comforts us and helps us overcome our infirmities. He teaches us to navigate through grace as we seek change in Christ, transitioning weakness into strength. He prays for us and makes intercessions on our behalves groaning barely a word and speaking in the tongues of angels.
I have been mentoring a young man for about 7 years to the day of this writing and he will testify about the effectiveness of God's word when it is coupled with prayer and acting in specific ways that please Him.
One day I asked him, "...brother you have been engaging God and creating results in your life. Tell me, how do you know you heard God?" He answered, "By the outcomes".
Perfect answer. God will always prove himself through outcomes. When you sow, you reap. If what you sow is not of God, it will consume your time and resources. If it is from God he will provide the strength and the means to support that thing.
This is not a lesson on prayer, but I wanted to share Jesus Christ's thoughts on it.
For most believers, prayer is a challenge. The question about how to pray is answered by doing it, looking for results, carefully listening and making further adjustments in your actions until you have clarity about his will to act appropriate until the thing you ask God for manifests.
Learning to bring Jesus Christ into all decision making is an important part of knowing the will of God. One word of caution, though: You cannot violate one scripture to fulfill another. All scriptures agree with one another and when combined, create the answers to the will of God and his testimony in you.
The "Bible" is full of examples about being directed by God.
- Proverbs 3:6 - In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
- Psalm 37:23 - The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
- Psalm 37:5 - Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
- John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Prayer is an isolated intimate conversation between you and God. Prayer can include problem solving, but mostly it is used to maintain a link between you and God, and using that relationship to respond to life in general.
While engaging change in your finances from prayer, I am expecting you to do the following:
- Think about what you want or what outcomes you expect for your finances.
- Commit those outcomes to the Lord.
- Don't look for him to answer immediately. Faith in him is what drives a meeting of the minds. It's not Christ that needs knowledge and understanding or the right application of that knowledge, it's you who needs help.
- The application of prayer and faith, responding to prayer to test your understanding, or as I would put it, "Testing if I heard God clearly". Spiritual growth is about seeing in prayer and taking that vision and shaping change in your life by challenging changes needed in your life.
Remember, I spoke about outcomes. Outcomes from your actions are how we prove things. If you do something you will get feedback in some form. If you make someone upset and they are in your circle of influence, you will not like their response.
- Trust in the Lord. Believe that he has your best interest at heart. Believe that his death and resurrection is for you and that His work on calvary is meant to change your life.
- Believe that he will send you support from heaven and in the earth to support your success.