Praying for Income
Perhaps it seems strange to include prayer as an income “strategy.”
Strange because nowhere in God’s word are we told we will receive monetary blessing beyond basic need if we pray for it. In fact, those closest to Jesus often suffered good doses of poverty and persecution. Our Savior, himself born in a barn and itinerant as an adult, often encouraged his followers to leave their worldly goods behind in pursuit of Him. Today his most ardent followers continue to suffer not in spite of their faith, but because of it.
Thus while it can’t hurt to pray for college income directly, don’t be surprised if these prayers remain unanswered or if God has other plans for you outside of the norm. Also, don’t be surprised that when the prayer does get answered positively, you see it fulfilled in ways other than a pile of hard cash on your doorstep. I prayed often about monetary concerns in college and each time I did God brought along work. While grateful all the same, I definitely didn’t have a Saturday of raking leaves in mind when pleading toward heaven about my dwindling bank balances.
Overall, then, let me encourage you to put your prayers for direct money on hold while you firstly pray for other, ultimately better blessings. To begin on the right foot and live a life free of regret, let me encourage you to seek alignment with your Holy Father through what he promises in prayer.
With the college decision in mind, each student should pray for at least the following three items, each of which has a promise of fulfillment in scripture and each of which will impact the way you approach your financial decisions. Continue reading