So how do I overcome fears and worries about my finances? I wish financial freedom was automatic, but it isn't. The Israelites had to fight to receive the promised land that God said was theirs (Deut. 6:3). In this case, our promised land is "the ability to get wealth" (Deut. 8:18b). We too need to fight to see this kingdom reality manifest in our lives.
Jesus went from riches to rags so that we could go from rags to riches (2 Cor. 8:9—read entire chapter). Financial blessing is one of the 12 great exchanges that took place on the cross. We are going to explore seven prayers which open the door to financial freedom.
I experience kingdom blessings when I: 1) believe God's promises are for me, 2) align with them, 3) receive and act on God's wisdom concerning steps to take and 4) passionately pursue them (Jer. 29:13; Prov. 8:17; Matt. 7:7).
Remember Daniel, who prayed 21 days and received his breakthrough (Dan. 10:2-5)? Elijah prayed seven times for the drought to end and received his answer (1 Kings. 18:42-43). Since we are encouraged to pray as Elijah did (James 5:16, 17) I have no problem praying repeatedly for the same thing and acting in obedience to what God is telling me.
The following seven prayers are explored over three consecutive blogs:
- Repentance—changing my attitude about money.
- Breaking off financial curses.
- Forgiven, cleansed, renewed.
- Erasing negative cellular memories concerning money.
- Healing negative pictures of past financial mishaps.
- Receiving revelation concerning my giftedness and call to creatively serve mankind.
- Celebrating financial freedom with thankfulness.
Financial freedom can be defined as having enough to meet my needs plus extra to share with others.
Part 1: Achieving Financial Freedom by Breaking the Yoke that Binds
Speak these prayers aloud with conviction as you tune to vision, flow, emotion, passion and compassion.
If you feel shaking, it is the Spirit ministering powerfully. Pause, and let Him do His work. Perhaps pray that line of the prayer a second time to allow even further work to be done within you.
Let your hands and body be involved. Prophetic gestures release spiritual power (2 Kings 13:18-19. Honor and follow any leading you have to engage in prophetic gestures.
Quiet yourself in the Lord's presence, perhaps by praying in the Spirit for a few moments. Pray the following prayer aloud, slowly, incorporating pictures, vision, flow and emotion to make it a heart prayer and not simply a head prayer. If you need to repeat phrases twice in order to fully see and feel them, do that.
Lord Jesus, I welcome Your compassion and Your grace to flow down upon me right now as I quiet myself in Your presence. Holy Spirit, lead me as I pray. Thank You.
Repentance: Changing My Attitude about Money
Lord, I repent for my sins and the sins of my ancestors for harboring ungodly beliefs about money. I repent for believing it is wrong to have wealth when others are in poverty. The truth is that You have provided more than enough resources for everyone. Your watchful care, personal guidance, angelic intervention and creativity within each heart release Your financial provision into our lives. You do this for me. You do this for others.
I repent for believing money is evil and thus to be avoided. In reality, money simply magnifies what is in a person's heart. You said, "Blessed are the pure in heart." Thank You that Your Spirit has purified my heart, allowing me to see You and receive from You (Matt. 5:8).
I repent for believing that money will disrupt my spiritual life, for it is You and You alone whom I allow to influence my spirituality. I have chosen to receive Your wonderful counsel in the cool of the day (Isa. 9:6; Gen. 3:8) as I encounter You in my quiet time. It is You who keeps me on track and reveals dangerous attitudes and actions which I am to avoid.
You have given me unique gifts and a passion to multiply talents, mastering area after area. Every vocation and skill I have is part of my spiritual life, and taking time to master every area You place before me is part of my spirituality. In no way is it secular. So I will take the time to master each area, acknowledging these areas are part of Your kingdom.
I repent for believing I am not gifted enough to be prosperous. The truth is, it is the hearing and obeying of Your voice that causes blessings to be released in my life (Deut. 28:1-14). Your wisdom and anointing overcome every natural limitation. You have placed within me a vision for my destiny (Gen. 12:1-3, Prov. 29:18). You have instilled the passion and gifts to bring it forth (Rom. 12:6). I honor and receive each of these and know that by following them, financial blessing will flow. Thank You, Lord. Explore Creative Prayer.
Breaking Off Financial Curses
I break all word curses (hexes, incantations and witchcraft prayers) spoken over me by myself or others concerning money. I bind and rebuke all evil spirits that connected with these experiences and gained a foothold in my life. I break all agreement with any imaginations of financial lack. Poverty has no place within me! Demonic forces, be gone now in Jesus' name! I declare that the lack the enemy envisions for me will not prevail over the ability of Almighty God to bless and prosper me!
Mark Virkler, Ph.D., has authored more than 50 books in the areas of hearing God's voice and spiritual growth. He is the founder of Communion With God Ministries and Christian Leadership University (cluonline.com), where the voice of God is at the center of every learning experience. Mark has taught on developing intimacy with God and spiritual healing for 30-plus years on six continents. The message has been translated into over 40 languages, and he has helped to establish more than 250 church-centered Bible schools around the world.
This article originally appeared at cwgministries.org.
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