The blessing prayer goes something like this: “Lord, Bless this group of people both spiritually, and financially out of your great abundance…” After praying the prayer, people often wonder if God heard them and answered their prayer.
“OK God, where is the winning lottery ticket? Where is the knock on the door of someone is bringing me a wheel barrel full of money? What is taking so long? I need it now!!!”
I do believe that God does answer your prayer. But here’s the thing that most people don’t realize. The way he answers is seldom in the way that they expect. How is prayer answered is the real question that people should be asking.
People are looking for push-button money. Push a button, and out pops money. Say a prayer, and get a bucket of money.
It don’t believes it works that way. It never has, and probably never will.
In my life, I find that God answers prayer through other people and my interaction with them. That makes sense to me, as God wants us to be the answer to someone else’s prayer, so it would make sense that other people are going to answer my prayer.
But “people” are messy. It is hard to deal with people, and I’d rather not have anything to do with that method. I suspect this is the case with other Christians too.
So when God answers a blessing prayer, it will probably come with a person attached. At least that has been my experience.
If you don’t like it, here is probably what is going to happen. You’ll probably look a the person and say “What the …? Who are you, and why are you wasting my time?” And you’ll never make the connection that they are the answer to your prayer.
This is my belief because it has happened to me. It continues to happen to me too, because I’m stubborn. I want God to answer my prayers with push-button efficiency. But he has other plans. He wants people to connect with each other.
Here is the second point I want to make. You are under no obligation to accept the answer (the gift) that God sends to you. You can turn it down. It is called free-will. Jesus was God’s gift to the world, and look at how few people accepted it.
I think people are still praying the blessing prayer because they didn’t like the first answer. They are hoping to change God’s mind so he’ll send down the lottery ticket instead.
My suggestion to you is that whenever you pray for money, you start looking around for a “person.” That is what I try to do now. To be honest, it is tough. For starters, you don’t know if the person is from God to bless you, or if they are from Satan to steal from you.
And God may send your way a person with a begger’s appearance, or an arrogant S.O.B.. Both of these situations have happened to me a few times.
Will the people bring you a bucket of money? I doubt it. It has never happened to me. What will they bring then?
It has been my experience that they will bring you an idea and maybe an instruction. It may be to “go there,” or “do this.”
Let me tell you about a situation that has happened to me several times. In my rocket business, I’m constantly looking for new products to offer my customers, but I’ve been around the business so long that I know what type of products sell well, and others that are a complete waste of time. Do you sense the arrogance?
Every now and then, someone sends me a note that they have come up with a great product and they are looking for someone to buy it. I turn these “inventors” down all the time. But late last year, I got another one of these suggestions from a guy in California. I didn’t think much of it, but I now “play along” because I figure that God might be sending these people my way. Well, you know where this is going, don’t you. This man from California came up with a great little product that didn’t require much of my time to help him develop. He even paid for all the up-front development costs. The product came to market this month, and was an instant hit with customers. I don’t know how much money this product will generate over the long haul, but I’m excited about the possibilities.
When I look for people to bring you the answer from God, instead of looking for a lotto ticket, I find that the odds of finding his answer are greatly increased.
To wrap things up, here is a summary of the main points of this article.
1. God does answer prayers. But it is seldom in the way we want.
2. God uses people. I think he likes to watch the interaction.
3. You are under no-obligation to accept his gift. In fact, most people turn him down because they don’t recognize it (or them) as the answer to the prayer.
4. Stay attuned to anything new or different in your surroundings after your prayer. It may be the indication that the prayer has been answered.
5. The person is probably going to bring you an idea or a suggestion. Most times, it will seem ludicrous. Play along. It is either going to be fun or educational.
Until next time, be fruitful. It is God’s Way to Make Money.