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Can You Pray for Money? Is it a sin? (What the Bible Says)

Yes, you can pray for money, provided you ask with the right motives. It does not become a sin until you ask for money with the wrong motives and impure desires. God delights in granting things to us that are asked in faith, according to His word, and with pure motives.

All things that we pray for will be granted to us as long as we fulfill these basic requirements:

Must be abiding in Christ. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:7-8).

Must be keeping His commandments. “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment” (1 John 3:22).

Note: If you are abiding in Christ you will keep His commandments.

Ask in faith. “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6-8).

Ask with a pure & selfless motive. “Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:2-3).

Ask according to God’s will that is revealed in His word. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).

In short, if we fulfill these requirements we can ask and pray to God for money and God will grant it to us.

But we have to understand that most of the time God will not just give us money.

God is not in the business of making us rich and lazy. He is not here to meet our bills every month so we don’t have to work.

Sometimes He may give us money if you have a big bill due in a few weeks and there is absolutely no humanly possible way that you are going to fulfill it and that is why you are asking. I do believe that God will show mercy in situations like that and He will no doubt multiply your loaves of bread.

However, most of the time if you ask for money, God is going to show you what you must do in order to receive money or save money.

There are only two reasons God wants us to have money that is revealed in the Bible and those are: (1) to provide for our families, and (2) that we have enough left over to give to others.

“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8)

“Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. (Ephesians 4:28)

Besides these two reasons there are no other reasons why we have money that is revealed in scripture.

Also notice the latter verse, it reveals how we are to get money. It says, “let him labor working with his hands what is good.” We make our money through work.

It is a godly thing to work and to be good at your work. Find out ways to be skilled and to increase in knowledge, and ask God to help you in these areas so that promotion follows you so that you are able to fulfill the Biblical reasons for money.

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How can I pray to God for money?

You can pray to God for money by asking in faith without impure desires. Your goal should not be to get rich but to fully provide for your family and to give to those in need.

As mentioned previously, there are requirements to answered prayer revealed in scripture, and as long as we fulfill these requirements God will grant us our petition.

So when it comes to praying to God for money how can we do this while still obeying the requirements laid out in scripture?

First, by recognizing that God desires to provide for us and He wants us to provide for others through what He blesses us with (Matthew 6:33 & 1 Timothy 5:8).

Second, by recognizing that God’s provision does not necessarily mean becoming a multi-billionaire but it does mean having no lack in our bank accounts and that we have enough to give at all times (2 Corinthians 8:15).

Third, by maintaining a close relationship with God at all times and ensure that you are abiding in Christ (John 15:7-8). If you are not actively doing this, simply repent and return to Him.

Finally, by asking God in faith and by asking Him with pure motives, without the desire to spend it on your pleasures but to receive enough to fulfill the reason for money laid out in the Bible (James 1:6-8 & James 4:2-3).

It doesn’t really matter what words you use. Just be open, sincere, and speak from the heart believing that God will answer you. If you do these things God will hear you.

I hope you enjoyed this article and that it assisted you in your walk with God. Here are some more articles on prayer that I think you’ll enjoy!

Can You Pray Anytime & Anywhere? (Christianity)

Can You Pray with Your Eyes Open? (Biblical Answer)

Can You Pray Lying Down/On Your Bed/Sitting Down? (Answered)

Can You Pray in the Bathroom/Shower/Toilet? (Biblical Answer)

Can You Pray in Your Head? Or Should You Pray Out Loud? (Answered)

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