Have you noticed that prosperity has become a bad word in church? Saying “I believe that a Christian should prosper” is almost as unwelcome in some congregations a fund-raising drive.
And yet I read in the first of David’s wonderful psalms:
And in whatever he does, he prospers. - Psalms 1:3
Here it is in context
How blessed is the man who does not
walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Today, I would like for you to consider what it would look like for what you are going to do today to prosper.
Many who read this will probably be writing today. What would it look like for what you write to prosper? How about this:
I pray the person or people I am writing for would read what I write.
I pray they would hear it the way I intend it,
they would not misconstrue my intentions, or misinterpret my words.
I pray it would encourage one tempted to despair
I pray it would heal a broken heart
I pray it would enlighten someone’s path
I pray it would convict a hardened heart
I pray it would turn someone from a bad choice
I pray it would stir hope
How about other work you will do today. What would prosperity look like in your endeavors today?
What would prosperity look like in a college paper?
What would prosperity look like in cooking dinner for a family of five?
What would prosperity look like in planning a computer network?
What would prosperity look like in a law office, or an operating room, or on a Naval base?
What will you put your hand to today?
Perhaps you are a Pastor, and you are preparing a sermon, or visiting someone in the hospital, or speaking to a group of friend who are mourning the loss of a loved one.
What does prosperity look like in your life?
I pray today that you would embrace this idea of prosperity, and that you would ask the Lord to prosper everything you put your hand to.
There is one other fringe benefit to this prayer. As you ask the Lord to prosper everything you put your hand to, you may find that you will have a much harder time putting your hand to things that you know He would not find pleasure in.
It is would be very difficult to spend a lot of time
walking in the counsel of the wicked,
standing in the path of sinners,
or sitting in the seat of scoffers
when your meditation is on His pleasure.
You see God prospers those endeavors that He takes pleasure in. He smiles on us when we walk in the path He has set before us. [Tweet this]
Don’t be afraid of prosperity.
Shine where you're plugged in.