May the Lord give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth! The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man. The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence. But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!
Prosperity gospel is a heretical teaching promising health and wealth to those who follow God and talk to him with the right “formula.” Some flavors of this errant theology guarantee that God will take whatever you give to him and return the amount fourfold or even tenfold. While prosperity gospel is scripturally out of bounds, praying for God’s blessing is right in line with God’s Word. In today’s passage, the psalmist prays that God will cause his people to flourish. Let’s get practical and personal with this prayer.
Father, I pray that you will cause my marriage to flourish. Allow (name your spouse) and me to honor you with our commitment to each other.
Father, please cause my family to flourish (name your children/grandchildren). Restore and heal broken relationships and estrangement. Develop my children and grandchildren into men and women who will love and serve you.
Father, please bless those who are sick (name those struggling with illness). I pray that you will restore their health. Help their love for you to flourish in this challenging time.
Father, please bless my job and/or business (name your place of employment or the business you own). Help me be a person of integrity in the workplace. Allow my reputation as a follower of Jesus to flourish.
Father, you are the Maker of heaven and earth. Please keep me close to you and cause my commitment to you to flourish until I see you face to face.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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