Do you know how to pray? What to pray?
I Kings 3:9-14 “So give thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Thine?”
And it was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.”
“And I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days.” “And if you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked then I will prolong your days.”
Wisdom is a very valuable thing. If you keep your mind on heavenly things and what God wants you to accomplish for his kingdom, and know that this is not your home and you should not get attached to earthly things, then financial serenity is yours. God provides. God answers prayer. But be careful how you pray. Do you remember when the people from the nearby town asked Jesus to leave after he had cast the legion of demons into the pigs from the man who had been out of his mind and naked living among the tombs? He did leave.
Wisdom means doing the right thing when the wrong thing seems easier. Wisdom is making good choices for you and your family. The Bible tells us that we should not be in debt. Romans 13:7-8 “Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.”
This is Bible Wisdom.
That reminds me of another story. It is the story of the miraculous payment of debt. II Kings 4:1-7 “Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves”.
And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?”
And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”
Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few. And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels; and you shall set aside what is full.”
So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured. And it came about when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”
And he said to her, “There is not one vessel more.” And the oil stopped. Then she came out and told the man of God.
And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”
Many times, God answers our prayers in ways we cannot comprehend.
God’s best cannot be seen. 1 Cor 2:9-10 “but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.” For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.”
Even the Lord’s Prayer tells us how to pray. ‘Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom, come. Thy will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us form evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.’
Hebrews 11:3 “by faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” God made something out of nothing.
Be thankful when it happens to you. When as if out of nowhere the money comes to pay a debt that you wondered how on earth you would pay it. It wasn’t possible “on earth” but “as in heaven”.