Prosperity Prayer of Solomon
In Gibeon, Yahweh appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask! What shall I give you?’ And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great love and kindness towards Your servant David, my father, because he walked before You in truth, righteousness, and uprightness of heart. And You have kept this great love and kindness for him in that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O Yahweh, my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father, David. Yet I am but a little child, who does not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people, who cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge Your people, which are so great in number?’ It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, ‘Because you have asked for this, and have not asked for a long life, nor riches for yourself, nor the lives of your enemies, but have asked for understanding to discern justice; behold, I have done according to your word. I have given you a wise and understanding heart: there has been none like you before; neither shall any arise like you. Moreover, I have given you what you have not asked for—both riches and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings like you, in all your days. And if you will walk according to My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David did, then I will lengthen your days.’ (1 Kings 3:5-14)
Prosperity Prayer According to Jabez
There was a man named Jabez, who was more honorable than his brothers were. His mother so named him Jabez because she had said, ‘I bore him in pain.’ One day, Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory. Let Your hand be with me, to keep me from evil, so that I may not be grieved.’ And God granted his request. (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)
No doubt, these prayers are similar. Not only were they spoken out of love for God, they were sincere. They weren’t self-centered, but God-centered, in that they were focused on achieving what was good for everyone. Thus, they were answered by God, because they were pleasing to Him.
True prosperity is reaped when treasure is stored up in heaven, not by hoarding wealth on earth. There are many, who when they pray, assume they’re making a connection with God, but in reality, they’re pushing Him away, because their thoughts are vain. When we pray, we should do it with the purpose of wanting to excel in living a righteous life, not with an intent to achieve personal greatness.
Do you want wisdom? Do you want God to enlarge your territory? Do you want to prosper in what matters most? God can give you all these things, on the condition that you ask Him to fill your heart with His good pleasure. Without His counsel, there is no wisdom; and without His presence, our territory is worthless. Seeking God’s will first, and foremost in everything, is what constitutes an acceptable prayer. If you’re calling on God because you want Him to fill your bank account, then you’re seeking Him for the wrong reasons. Don’t expect Him to give you what you want, if that’s what you’re looking for. But if you’re seeking to prosper in Christ’s righteousness, then you can be sure you’ll get exactly what you need to fulfill that desire.
Don’t waste time reaching for what is fading; hold on to what is eternal. Being content means you will be satisfied with whatever God puts in your hands. Pray that His will be done, and you will be on your way to discovering the meaning of life, and your purpose in it.