Prayer For Right Perspective On Wealth
Prayer For Prosperity, Financial Blessing, and Abundance of Wealth
As a child of God, money and thus, financial release is one of your entitlements. The others (entitlements) being good health and unshakeable faith. Now, having prosperity in all these areas is a position/status in life that can be grabbed with these deep prayers.
Despite what most people think, prosperity isn't limited only to finances. Anybody and we mean you, your loved ones, and your friends can prosper financially, spiritually, and health-wise. And from our experiences, all three should acquired.
If you walk with God (spiritual prosperity) and you prosper financially, lives will be touched by you. As a matter of fact, God encourages you to do this since it helps you turn more lives to God's flock.
With that said, if you also have financial release and your prosperity health-wise is ensured by God, by His will, you'll live long while reaping the fruits of your labour.
“You shall walk in all the way which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you will possess.” – Deuteronomy 5:33
Prosperity prayer for money
Father above, I pray to You in total subservience today about my life. Lord, I need Your divine help in granting me financial independence.
I pray that you remove me from the clutches of incapability and that—You provide me with all the earnings that I'll use to take care of both myself, my loved ones, and all of Your Beloved for the rest of my life. Father, I need You to fix my life so that I'll not be caught wanting.
Instead, I'll fulfill my roles in all needed areas of my life. I thank You God for the opportunity to have this prayer and for the forthcoming blessings, I exalt Your name and In Jesus Name, Amen.
Prayer for prosperity and protection
Oh Lord in Heaven, I come before You today for the sake of prosperity and protection. You're the protector of Daniel and the benefactor of the Israelites. Father, bless me so that I may prosper in all the things I do in my life.
I shall prosper financially, spiritually, and health-wise by Your will. Oh God, I pray You also protect me so that I will live a long and fruitful life In Jesus Name. All the blessings You shower upon me, no manner of enemy will collect it because I have Your divine protection.
I thank You for Your presence today, and In Jesus Name I've Prayed.
Prayers for prosperity and financial release
Father, I'm here before You today because I want You to perform a miracle in my life. At this point, I cannot do it alone and even if I could, it cannot be compared to Your deeds. I walk in Your sight and I can personally testify to the other miracles in my life.
God, I pray for financial release in the form of employment/my business. I pray that You lift my head so that I may stand proud as one of Your children. I want You to make me a living testimony and shame the enemies who doubted Your great works in my life.
I thank You Oh God My Father, and In Jesus Name, Amen.
Prayer for blessings and favor
Heavenly Father, Your name leaves my lips daily in reverence of Your strength and unconditional love. Your undivided attention has been on me since I was in my mother's womb and because You favoured me so, I was delivered into this world safe and sound. Lord, I ask that as You have been caring for me, You continue to do so.
I want You to take the wheel of my life because nothing but Your blessings, favour, and love can suffice again. Lord, I ask for the double of Elisha's blessing and I want to be Your favourite amongst millions. Be with me Oh Lord and let Your gaze waver not from me/my household.
I glorify You El-Shaddai and In Jesus Name I've prayed, Amen.
Prosperity prayer in the bible
“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
God has great plans for you! So, no matter what you're going through right now, keep in mind that the Great Shepard never abandons any of His sheep.
“In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” – Psalm 5:3
Kneel before the Lord, pray to Him because He is your Father. Also, you shouldn't be afraid to go past these powerful prayers above. So, have a deep talk with Him and wait for His sign. Surely, He will answer You because His Love is unconditional.
“But he said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-11
When God is on your side, you're never ever weak. In fact, all of your so-called weaknesses are always turned into positives when you walk and work with God.
Bible Verses About Prosperity
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4
“The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did.” – Genesis 39:2-3
“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your
Will You Pray for Me? A Buddhist Perspective on Prayer
In a situation that I usually write “sending love” or “I am with you”—not because I’m not praying, but because I don’t want there to be confusion in their mind (or mine) about what I’m actually going to do.
My friend was not satisfied with my “sending love” and even less interested in those little pressed together emoji hands, the ones that Christians think means prayer and Buddhists use as an e-bow.
She sent me a private message.
“Do Buddhists pray?” She asked.“I don’t pray the way you pray, but I do pray.” I answered.“Will you pray your way for me?”
“Yes, I will.”
It’s hard to talk about whether Buddhists pray because the word “Buddhist” is a mosaic.
We have different practices, diverse ideas, and histories that range from abusive spiritual environments to apathetic feelings about the whole thing.
Across lineages, we bring all the shapes together to make a picture of compassion in this world. Still, subjects prayer often fall in the cracks between the pieces.
Most cultures throughout history employ some form of prayer in their experience, but when people in the West use that word it is typically the folded-hands-bowed-head-ask-God-say-Amen type found in the Christian tradition.“Buddhist” the word “Prayer” is a mosaic of preference and purposes. To get a handle on what it means, theologians often teach prayer by using the acronym ACTS.
It is the best way I’ve found to explain Buddhist acts of prayer to a Christian culture.
A – Adoration
Christian prayer functions, in part, to show their love for God. As a non-theist, I have no God and no one to pray to, but I do have many things I can express my love toward.
For those Buddhists who say mantras, such as the Green Tara mantra, adoration is a key aspect of their practice. There is something connecting and hopeful in repetitions of adoration that is a kind of prayer.
Almost all Buddhist praise teachers and cherish the wisdom they learn from them. We adore dharma (and a good cup of tea).
Because Buddhists don’t have the concept of sin, we don’t really need to confess, and yet, I find that Buddhists do it all the time—we just use different words for it. In Buddhism, we apologize when we realize we have been unskillful with one another.
In meditation and contemplation we break the illusion we are perfect or always right. We admit wrongs. We seek to amend any harm we caused.
We don’t hold our errors out to a deity or another person for absolution, but we do take them out and offer them on the path of learning so that we may walk better with ourselves and one another.
T – Thanksgiving
Gratitude. So much gratitude. Christians thank God for what they have or experience. Buddhists cultivate gratitude as an antidote to greed, the first of the worldly poisons.
Being thankful for our circumstance, no matter what it is, extinguishes the hunger for deeper, better, more.
We learn how not to be driven by need or dissatisfaction, but to be thankfully present in the moment at hand.
Asking. This is the part of prayer most people are wanting you to do when they ask you to pray. It’s the part I never d as it seemed to reduce the whole spiritual act into some sort of never-ending shopping list. It’s also the part Buddhists turn inside out. Asking becomes giving; sending up a prayer, becomes bringing in the pain.
Prayer for Christians is triangular: Susie is hurting. Sam sees that pain and prays to God saying “Susie is hurting, please heal her.” God is responsible to respond to Susie. Between the pain and the payoff is Sam—a sort of mid-point in the process who acts as a hopeful messenger.
For Buddhists, prayer is much more direct.
Metta (the loving kindness mantra) and Tonglen (the act of giving and taking) are as close as Buddhists get to traditional prayer. Metta is more general, but still linear. Sam thinks of Susie and with loving kindness gives his best vision.
May Susie be safeMay Susie be wellMay Susie be happy
May Susie live with ease
In Tonglen, we open up our very heart to the pain of another. With meditative concentration, Sam thinks of Susie and the pain she is experiencing. He breathes in, taking her experience into his conscious awareness. He feels her pain, her fear, her isolation. He breathes out, giving his love, his peace and his comfort to her.
It doesn’t matter if Susie is in the same room or across the world. Sam is feeling what she feels in a personal, real way. He is reaching across a chasm in that moment to bond with her experience and share his strength with her.
It is a deeply interpersonal act, embodying the universal Buddhist belief that we are connected one to another.
So. do most Buddhists pray? In some way, yes. Do they need a deity in order to do it? No.Prayer, at its best, is not about communication; some heavenly game of “telephone.” It is about connection—being together, walking through life’s experiences with one another, offering our compassion, our vision, our peace.
“Will you pray your way for me?”
“Yes, I will.”
Editor: Dana Gornall
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This is How and Why you Benefit from Prayer (even if you’re an Atheist)
The word prayer can be a little off-putting for the non-religious. I definitely found it a little off-putting.
And then I changed my mind.
And I read, and I researched, and I uncovered some interesting things about prayer. And I don’t mean the kind Madonna was singing about.
Prayer, it seems, offers powerful benefits.
If done with the right intention, prayer can be used to enhance neuroplasticity, and help us to cultivate powerful emotions such as gratitude and forgiveness. Perhaps this was what Ghandi meant when he described prayer as a “powerful instrument of action.”
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Prayer has also been described in less glowing terms. The criticism stems from prayer’s use as a self deception tool, a placebo and worse, an act of arrogance and complacency.
So what exactly is the right way to do prayer?
And, um, what exactly is it?
Anatomy of prayer
Prayer is the setting of an intention; it is more of a resolution than a plea.
‘I pray that I do not forget the way I felt on the last election day.’ This is an example of a prayer.
Importantly from the perspective of the non-believer or atheist, it is not necessary for the subject of your prayer to be ‘out there’.
Although the major Western traditions, such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam subscribe to the out there construct, the major Eastern traditions, such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism come at things from an ‘in here’ construct.
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Prayer from this perspective is something more introspective and akin to meditation.
Purpose of prayer
“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Søren Kierkegaard.
The broad purpose of many forms of prayer is to change our state.
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Over to Frank Sinatra:
“Basically, I’m for anything that gets you through the night – be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.”
Types of prayer
There are many kinds of prayer that have the general purpose of promoting a shift in the sayer’s state. Here are a few:
Blessing is when prayer moves from the egocentric (praying for me), to the ethnocentric (praying for you/us) and geocentric (praying for all of us).
Matt Khan’s simple prayer, ‘may you be blessed’, has helped many people to shift into a state of love , um, less desirable states.
This form of prayer is again on the behalf of others. This form has attracted the attention of researchers investigating healing:
- One study found that, within a group of 150 cardiac patients who received alternative post-operative therapy treatment, the sub-group who also received intercessory prayer (they were prayed for) had the highest success rate within the entire cohort.
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- A comparable double-blind study demonstrated similar results. Those patients ‘prayed for’ showed a significantly diminished need for imminent critical care, maintenance medications and heroic measures, as well as witnessing fewer deaths.
Commentators have suggested that the existing studies proves the existence of a relationship between the states of consciousness experienced by those praying, and the subjective experience of those prayed for.
The one used in 12 step programs throughout the world.
‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.’
This prayer promotes the states of compassion and self-acceptance.
Pitfalls and paradoxes of praying
The main criticism of prayer tends to be towards the ‘petition prayer’. The one that asks for something. Maybe something ego-related. To some, this kind of prayer isn’t just benign – it is destructive.
One New York Times writer summed up the issue as follows:
“It’s the last resort of people who have run ideas, and the first resort of people who never bothered to think about how they could actually fix the problem at hand.
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This is not harmless. There’s a very real downside to praying. It lulls believers into a false sense of accomplishment.
Prayer is nothing but a powerful placebo. We’d all be better off accepting that.”
Request prayers might lack the intention necessary to change state in a positive direction. However, I am not sure the vilification is deserved. Self deception aside, request prayers might act to self-sooth when nothing else is working. Refer above to Frank.
When to pray
So we use prayer to set intentions. When else is the time ripe for a little kneeling? (Just kidding. You don’t need to do it on your knees).
When you need a solution
Abraham Lincoln was a fan of the old solution seeking prayer:
“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”
Used in this way, prayer may serve to relax our thinking minds enough to open up our awareness to new solutions.
The happiness prayer
The one you do when things are going good.
This form of prayer is more an affirmation/gratitude. Again the underlying purpose is to maintain a state of being. Here’s two chaps that thought so:
“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” ― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” ― Meister Eckhart.
Benefits of praying when done with the right intention
“Prayer is not only of great importance but has also a great effect upon human psychology.” – Carl Jung. Here’s a few ways praying can benefit you.
It can give you a psychological and physiological lift
Prayer is state altering, just meditation. It influences our state of mind and therefore our physical state. It reduces the experience of anxiety, elevates a depressed mood, lowers blood pressure, stabilizes sleep patterns and impacts autonomic functions digestion and breathing.
It influences thinking
Pray prompts a shift in the habits of the mind, and, subsequently, patterns of behavior. These changes, in turn and over time, induce changes in the brain, further influencing our subjective and objective experience of the world and how we participate in it.
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It can help you with gratitude and forgiveness
Studies have shown that praying can help people to muster forgiveness as well as cultivate a sense of gratitude. Forgiveness and gratitude are both essential for us to view our past experiences positively. Without doing that we are ly to be stuck.
It interrupts the flow of anxious thoughts or compulsive behaviour
Studies have shown that prayer can help people delay gratification and control impulsive actions. (Of course, this applies to other forms of taking pause too.)
Can any of these benefits be gained other ways?
Yes. maybe. You can change your state by meditating and exercising. Or just regular intention setting.
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I suppose what praying might deliver over and above meditating is it is a humble act. There is something about asking for help/guidance that anchors humility and a sense of connection to something larger. It is deference to something outside of our immediate senses.
Just, a prayer?
Hopefully this article has widened your perspective on what prayer actually is and how practicing it might benefit you. Or at least, not narrowed it. Or taken a giant dump all over it.
Used right, prayer is intention setting with humility.
I personally enjoy the serenity that a little prayer now and then provides.
Timeless Lessons on Wealth: An Islamic Perspective
Being a Muslim, we constantly strive to achieve the pinnacle of spiritual consciousness and devotion needed for us to be able to set foot into the Heavenly realms we aspire to reach.
However, no one can deny the use of material things needed in this world in order to sustain ourselves and the means through which these material gains can be attained; essentially money and wealth.
So one does wonder, seeing as how Islam is a complete way of life, what’re the Islamic teachings regarding the whole concept of earning and spending money?
Here, one needs to be conscious of the fact that money, wealth and everything else that resides in this world and the Hereafter, belong to one entity and one entity only; Allah (SWT). He is the Creator, the Giver, the Sustainer, and the Nurturer that provides for all His creations.
Nevertheless, man has no choice but to sustain himself along with his family and loved ones during his time on Earth. This is where man must learn how to balance between the dues of this world and the Hereafter. Allah (SWT) tests his believers with wealth and poverty and each circumstance will be judged according to how it is executed.
Hence, it all comes down to the question of how one is to handle material wealth.
Enjoy it, but never lose sight of what’s truly important
As tempting as it is to dwell in the pool of riches and luxury, one must never lose sight of the ultimate reality; everything in this life is temporary. Nothing is eternal, except for Allah (SWT) and the hereafter.
As a true believer, one must internalize this fact and treat this worldly wealth as a transitory substance that will not surpass us in the next world. Money has been ascribed to man as a gift and a trial.
Time and again, Allah (SWT) warns his believers against stinginess and greed, and we must take heed:
“But he who is greedy and thinks himself self-sufficient, And denies Al-Husna. We will make smooth for him the path to evil. And what will his wealth avail him when he goes down (in destruction).” (Quran Surah Al-Lail, 92:8-11)
Never seek illicit wealth
Never, by any means, should you earn even a single penny that is not lawfully and rightfully yours. As true believers, we must earn our money and wealth in an honest and halal way.
It should not be at the cost of losing our place in Allah’s (SWT) good books and in the Heavens.
As a Muslim, and a good human being, it is not permissible to earn our wage by either committing fraud, lying, cheating, misleading, corruption or taking over someone else’s lawful wealth. Allah (SWT) warns His believers against this:
“O you who have believed, do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly but only [in lawful] business by mutual consent.” (Quran 4:29)
In a world dipped in corruption and unlawful practices, live an honest life and earn through lawful means, and rest assured, you will surely be rewarded by Allah (SWT).
Give, give and give some more
Zakat, charity and spending in the way of God resides at the heart of Islam. The essence of being a Muslim is to not just look out for ourselves but to serve as a benefactor for the people around us as well. The significance of charity is as such that, in the Quran, it is mostly used side by side with the five pillars of Islam:
“[True] righteousness is [in] one who believes in God, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets and gives of their wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes Prayer and practices regular charity…” (Quran 2:177)
Our greatest role model is our Holy Prophet (PBUH), who was the most charitable person that ever lived, spending all of his wealth on the needy and in the way of Allah (SWT). He cared for his people above all else, even himself.
There was never a simpler or a more humble man than him. You do not need piles of wealth in order to spend in the way of Allah (SWT). Whatever wealth God has bestowed upon you, use it to help humanity, for there is no such thing as a ‘small’ charity.
As Allah states in the Holy Quran:
“…Be mindful of Allah as much as you can; hear and obey; be charitable – it is for your own good. Those who are saved from their own meanness will be the prosperous ones: if you make a generous loan to Allah, He will multiply it for you and forgive you.” (Quran, Surah Al-Taghaabun 16-17)
Never forget: Allah (SWT) provides for all
Do not fear poverty or hardships in life, for Allah (SWT) never leaves you alone and is ever watchful. He is the provider for all His creations and our sustenance is solely dependent on Him.
Trust in the fact that Allah (SWT) never forsakes His believers, He merely occupies them with certain hardships and barriers so that man will turn to Him and put his faith in Allah (SWT) and surrender to His plans.
The warning is evident in the following surah:
“Certainly, We shall test you with fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits; but give glad tidings to those who persevere, – those who say, when a misfortune strikes them, “Surely to Allah we belong, and surely to Him we return;” these are the ones on whom blessings from their Lord descend, and mercy, and these are the ones who are rightly guided.” (Quran 2:155-157).
In the end, all our necessities and sustenance is in the hands of Allah (SWT) who is the Most Generous and Most Caring. He has prescribed a certain fate for each of us, so we should be patient and should not despair, instead, we should put our full faith in the fact that Allah (SWT) will provide for us.
Be grateful, spend moderately and you will know true contentment
No matter what circumstances or hardships we may face in life, we must never forget to be grateful. For whatever little or in abundance we may have, a true believer must always be grateful and thankful to Allah (SWT) for his kindness and generosity.
Hardships are trials from God where He tests our patience, resilience and submission to Him during those hard times. If God has bestowed wealth upon you in abundance, be conscious and always grateful, because the one who provides can just as easily take it away.
Those who get lost in their materialistic worlds of wealthy gains may have temporary happiness and contentment, but not in the hereafter. Spend in moderation. Do not be wasteful in your spending for God does not those who spend in extravagance for no good reason.Identify what your needs are, so you can distinguish between a necessity and a luxury.
The more you run after wealth, the more it feeds your insatiable hunger for materialism and distracts you from the path of Allah (SWT) and instead you find yourself chasing temporary pleasures.
Choose the path of simplicity, humbleness, and righteousness, and instead of getting attached to your wealth, treat it as a passerby in your life and spend it in the way of Allah, for there is nothing better.
“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of God is a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And God multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And God is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” [Quran 2:261]
Putting a price on an asset most people take for granted will give you a new perspective on wealth
How much would you pay for today? Flickr / Marina del Castell Time is certainly precious. Everything we do, everything we enjoy, every moment we cherish, uses time. With enough time, it seems anything is possible. With too little, nothing is. And once it runs out completely, your game is over.
And running out is exactly what it's doing — this incredibly valuable asset is steadily, relentlessly slipping away. We can't do anything to stop it, but that reinforces how much we should value, and make the most of, the limited time we have left.
Ironically, while we know time is extremely valuable, you can't really assign it a price.
all of the most important things in life (family, friends, good health), time's value isn't easily translated into financial terms.
The approaches that can be used to value assets (how much it costs, market pricing, how much income it produces) don't seem to apply; intangible time doesn't fit into any of those models.
Or does it …
One of my most beloved entrepreneurs, Felix Dennis, had a profound quote on the value of time in his book “How to Get Rich” (you can read a scintillating review by my favorite personal finance blogger here).
“Could you turn the clock back for me by forty years, I would willingly swap you every penny and every possession I own in return. And I would have the better of the bargain, too!”
He wrote this in 2006, at the age of 59. He was worth, at the time, approximately $1 billion.
You'll note he didn't say, “but I get to keep some seed capital to start over again” or “I need you to include a university education or some current technological know-how” (both of which he lacked) or “I need a guarantee of health and a long life.”
No, his proposed transaction was quite simple: roll back 40 years on his odometer for everything he owns. He'd go from a billionaire 59-year-old to a penniless 19-year-old, and he'd think he got the better of the deal. That's a pretty bold statement, and I'm sure it brings many of us to wonder if we'd be willing to do the same.
Ask yourself what you would pay for a year of your life — or 40. Flickr/Nicola
Hypothetical market price — a way to value anything
But Felix has done something much more than just give us an interesting question to ponder.
He has also shown how, by using a hypothetical, we can actually start to give a value to these intangible and hard-to-value assets time.
Even though he wouldn't be able to actually buy back years in a market transaction, his statement gives a hypothetical market price and shows that 40 years are worth at least $1 billion to him.
Are they worth that much to you? Is one year of your life worth $25 million?Granted, most of us don't have that much money sitting around to spend on buying back years of our lives. But it's a great concept to consider, because it shows there is a way to start thinking about the value of some of our less tangible, non-financial assets.
You can use this for any assets or liabilities in your life, and for anything you'd to acquire.
How much would you be willing to pay for something you want, no matter how intangible? At what price would you be willing to sell something truly precious? What are things youth, health, or a full head of hair worth to you? (Whether you're a hypothetical buyer or seller will depend on your own situation …)
You might not sell 40 years of your life for the same price you would charge for one.Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr
There are two sides to every transaction.
The idea of a “market” for time in an interesting one, because we can, in our fanciful hypotheticals, sit on either side of the transaction. It's interesting to consider if we'd pay $1 billion for 40 years back, or even $25 million for a single year, but most of us don't and won't have that kind of money.
But we all have time. With a large chunk of precious time sitting on our personal balance sheets, what if we became sellers?
How much would I (or Felix, perhaps) have to pay you to give up a year of your life? I think many people would sell one year of their life for $25 million. That's a life-changing amount of money for most folks, and we'd find a way to justify losing all of the magic moments that could have happened in that lost year.
But remember, Felix didn't want one year. He wanted 40.
And that's where the gut check moment should arrive. Would you be willing to sell 40 years of your life for one billion dollars? I cannot think of anyone who would agree that deal.
(I guess a terminally ill person, but he really doesn't have the 40 years to sell, does he?) While $1 billion is a lot of money, when you think of everything that you'd be giving up in those 40 years (no matter your starting point), you'd have to be crazy to sell them at any price.
But that's a powerful statement, isn't it? If you're not willing to sell for that price, then that means 40 years of your life are worth more to you than $1 billion. And our good friend algebra would say a year of your life is therefore worth more than $25 million (though I know selling a single year still sounds quite tempting).
It means that every 19-year-old is far richer, in a sense, than a 59-year-old billionaire. Anyone who is younger than you is richer than you, and you're richer than any of your elders. It's an interesting concept, and it reinforces that everything of value we can enjoy in this life is only made possible by having the time to do it.
If you consider time the ultimate asset, young people are much richer than their parents.Flickr / Quique
Now that you're a billionaire
Pondering >$1 billion of time assets on your personal balance sheet may require a slight adjustment in your thinking.
Especially since that incredibly valuable asset is dwindling every day, and you're trading it for whatever you've chosen to do that day.
Turning your time into meaningful relationships, great experiences and memories, and a positive impact on your world seems a pretty fair exchange.Wasting time on things you won't even remember tomorrow seems less so. And working seems a terrible trade — you're trading hundreds of dollars worth of time for every dollar you make working.
Perhaps work is really fun, or done with friends, or helps you make a positive impact on the world, which would of course change the equation.
In general, though, if work is just done to earn money, we need to be ruthlessly focused on it as a means to an end.
Because work is necessary — we need money (and can't sell our time) for lots of things. If I couldn't buy food, starving to death would seriously impair my “time” asset.
If I couldn't provide a house, or clothes, or medical care for my kids, my relationship and experiences with them would suffer.
Making a positive impact on your world is made far easier if the bills are already paid.
But once you have enough money to cover the basics, you need to be very focused on how time is slipping away and what you're getting in exchange. If you're slaving away at a job for no good reason, or spending your time on meaningless and unimportant activities, you're getting absolutely killed on the trade.
Time is precious, but not priceless.Flickr / David Goehring
How much is today worth?
There is one final hypothetical that I'd to leave you with, one that I think about a lot nowadays. I may well be in the best time of my entire life.
Though all of the Generation Y and Z and AA kids would say I'm impossibly old in my 40's, I'm still healthy, I have a wonderful family and friends, and my children, in the golden age of their youth, are a greater source of happiness than I have known or will ly ever know. I suspect there will be a time, many decades from now, when life will be a pale shadow of what it is today.
If I went to a very old me, and asked him how much he'd pay not for 40 years, or a year, but for a single day from my current life, I imagine he'd pay a king's ransom. It would be worth a fortune to him to come back and enjoy one more day as I'm living right now.His agenda would seem glorious to him and mundane to me. He'd play with the kids, make them laugh, and give them monster hugs. He'd sit with his wife and have wonderful, meaningful conversations about life, and the family, and all of their happy goals.
He'd take the dog for a walk and scratch his head for a long time after to see his smile. He'd get on the phone and talk to all of his still-living family and friends and celebrate their lives and their memories.
He probably wouldn't spend much time surfing the internet.
He'd gladly pay a dear price for that day, so similar to many I enjoy right now, and he would feel he got “the better of the bargain.” That hypothetical price shows the true value of my time, and how he'd spend that day shows the types of things I should be trading for it.
Time is precious, but it's not priceless. Use your own hypothetical to figure what it's really worth.
This post was originally published on Asset-Based Life.
10 Best Prayers for Tithes and Offerings
Many offertory prayers include an invitation to the offering. Whether you are rejoicing in the resurrection of the Lord or giving support to your local church, here is a look at some great prayers for tithes and offerings.
Prayer #1 – Give with Gladness and Sincerity
Father in Heaven, We thank You today for Your blessings that you bestow upon us all. Father, I pray for our congregation today. Lord, may we all give with gladness and sincerity.
Father, no one ever gives a present to someone with reluctance and we should never give You what already belongs to You with reluctance either. Bless these tithes and offerings this day. We love You, Father!
Prayer #2 – Bless these Tithes and Offerings
O Lord, We thank You for Your steadfast love and mercy on us. Father, we believe that every word in the Bible was breathed out by You (2 Tim 3:16), and we believe Your promise that You will bless us when we are obedient to Your Word.
And so, without hesitation, we gladly give to You what is Yours. Bless these tithes and offerings, Father. We love You, Lord!
Prayer #3 – Give Because We Love You
We thank You for bringing us all to Your house safely today and we are so blessed by Your presence here today. Thank You for Your love and mercy on us, Father. Father, we believe in the Book of Proverbs and I pray that everyone here will look into their hearts and act in obedience to Your Word.
May we give not to become richer, though, may we give because we simply love You! Accept these tithes and offerings today. We love You, Lord!
Prayer #4 – We Honor You with Our Wealth
We praise Your Almighty Name! You have blessed our nation with immense wealth and opportunity. Lord, You have commanded us to honor You with our wealth, and I pray that You will be honored greatly this day as we give to You what is already Yours. Bless these cheerful givers and bless the tithes and offerings that they give. We love You!
Prayer #5 – Giving in Obedience
O Lord, There are some of us here today that didn’t want to come here. There are some of us today that will give to the offering with bitter hearts. Father, I pray You will soften the hearts of those who are worried about giving You their money instead of spending it on themselves.
Father, I pray that You will bless all who give today and show them Your love in a mighty way because of their obedience. Bless these tithes and offerings, Father. We love You!
Prayer #6 – The Tithe is Yours
Father, We come to Your throne with humble hearts as we are so thankful for the blessings You give us daily. Lord, We believe in the Book of Leviticus. Father, I pray that as we give
You our offerings and tithes this morning that we all will think about the fact that the tithe is Yours. It belongs to You. May we never withhold what is Yours. Please accept these offerings and tithes with gladness, Lord. We Love You!
Prayer #7 – We Give You What is Already Yours
Dear Lord, We thank You for another chance for us to meet together in Your house to worship You. Father, we believe in the Book of 1 Corinthians and I pray that all offerings given today are love.
We experience Your blessings every day and Your blessings are always given to us freely and with ultimate love. Father, You loved us all of the way to the cross! May we love You enough to give You what is already Yours. Bless these tithes and offerings today. We love you!
Prayer #8 – Take It and Use It for Your Kingdom
Lord, we thank for Your faithfulness. Thank you that we can always trust in You. You are an abundant God and Your great mercy you have given us so much.
We give you this offering today. With it we worship You and give our whole selves to You. Please now take it and use it for Your kingdom and Your glory. Extend and multiple its reach and influence we pray. May it be a great blessing to many.
We ask all this in the powerful name of Jesus.
Prayer #9 – Sanctify Every Beat of My Heart
O my God ! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits ; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.
O my God! I ask thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in Heaven for all Eternity.
Prayer #10 – Thank You for Meeting My Financial Needs
Heavenly Father, thank you for your many blessings and I thank you that as I give tithes and offerings, I am believing the Lord for:
Jobs and better jobs, raises and bonuses, benefits, sales and commissions, favorable settlements, estates and inheritances, interest and income, rebates and returns, discounts and dividends, checks in the mail, gifts and surprises, finding money, bills decreased and bills paid off, blessings and increase.
Thank you Lord for meeting my financial needs that I may have more than enough to give into the kingdom of God and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Raise your hand and say, “It’s true, it’s for me, and I’m a giver. God has given to me and I am not limited by the world’s economy. Heaven’s economy is mine.”
Thank you Lord for your many blessings. They come in from every direction and I bless the name of the Lord Jesus who made it possible for me to return to what God intended me to be; full of authority through His name and very blessed.
Thank you Lord, in Jesus’ name.
Bible Verses to Open your Prayer on Tithes and Offerings
And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”
And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it.
And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that pass under the herdsman’s staff, shall be holy to the Lord.
One shall not differentiate between good or bad, neither shall he make a substitute for it; and if he does substitute for it, then both it and the substitute shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.”
But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock.
2 CHRON. 31:4–5
And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord.
As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field.
And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.
For they all contributed their abundance, but she her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Here is a look at the truth about tithing according to the scripture Malachi 3:10. Presented by Grace Bible Church.
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