Prayers for financial stress

Are you in a financial crisis or know someone who is? These simple, Scriptural prayers can help you focus on the One who has promised to be your Provider.

God is the source of every good gift. The entire universe belongs to Him. He offers to strengthen us with His unlimited resources. He withholds no good thing from those who do what is right. (James 1:17, Psalm 24:1, Ephesians 3:16, Psalm 84:10

I pray that God uses these prayers and this time of waiting on Him to grow Your faith in Him as your very present help in times of need.

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You are the Almighty God who provides, and I choose to put my hope in You.

Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the LORD will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” Genesis 22:14

Your love for me is unfailing. Your power and resources are unlimited. I trust that You will move heaven and earth to take care of me.

But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. Psalm 59:16

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Ephesians 3:16

God, I believe You will use this trial to show me and others how You are able to transform the ashes of life into something beautiful.

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

prayers for financial stress

Thank You, Lord, for being my Shepherd who leads me to the provisions and employment You have prepared for me.

The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. Psalm 23:1

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

Thank You, God, for providing me with strength and courage to face uncertain days without fear.

This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Thank You, God, for offering me favor with You and employers that I could never deserve. Your loving kindness and mercy are my greatest treasures.

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Psalm 30:5a

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

God, I am in great need of employment and steady income. Help me find a job where I can use the talents and personality that You have given me. 

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:8

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

Help me, God, to have a calm and quiet spirit while I wait patiently for Your help.

Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Psalm 37:7a

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. John 14:11

Help me, God, not to fear but to focus You. Help me to think and talk about what is right, admirable, and worthy of praise.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8

Please feel free to add your own prayer or testimony of God providing for you in the comments below.

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Bible Verse

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Proverbs 21:5

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Prayer

Dear Lord, help me to leave my financial worries in Your hands. Keep me mindful of my blessings no matter how much or little I may have. Grant me the patience and tolerance necessary to calm my spirit knowing that You have everything under control. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Quote

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.

Norman Vincent Peale

prayers for financial stress

Devotional

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.  —Psalm 28:7

There was a stack of them. Bills, bills, bills. I started making payments, able to see our bank balance actually shrinking in real time online. Can we put off this bill? Can that one wait till the next pay period? Should we just pay a partial amount on our credit card?

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Financial difficulty is a reality faced by millions of Americans. There’s precious little money for the essentials—things like food, rent, and car repairs—and luxuries like eating out and going to the movies have become a rarity in many households.

But fear not. God has your back, and He’s already given you the key to prosperity: prayer. But this isn’t just a matter of asking God for money. There’s more to prayer than that.

Fortunately, Christ gave us a template for effective prayer in what we know as the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13. Let’s take a look at how the Son of God says we should pray.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

“Here’s the secret to effective prayer: it’s focused more on God than on us.”

Notice something about Jesus’ example? Here’s the secret to effective prayer: it’s focused more on God than on us. It’s your will be done. It’s your kingdom come. And the words that are directed at us mention not riches, but “daily bread”.

Now, this doesn’t mean that, as Christians, we’re doomed to lives of poverty. It simply means that we need to shift our perspective a little, and pray for financial success in the context of our service to God—instead of wanting money for that new BMW, we need to want it so that we can give to the poor. We need to want it so that we can more easily do God’s work in the world.

That mental shift isn’t an easy one to make, though, so let’s look at 5 effective examples of prayer that will draw financial success through following Jesus’ example.

Prayer for “Daily Bread”

This prayer is simply meant to ask God for what He has promised us—sustenance. Matthew 6:26 shows us this promise: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

“Dear God,

I pray that would sustain me, just as you sustain the birds. Please provide me and my family with our daily bread—the essential things we need to live—so that we can continue to do Your work and bring Your light to the world. Please allow us to have the things we need.”

Prayer for Contentment

Contentment is incredibly important. When Paul wrote, in Phillipians 4:13, that “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me,” he didn’t mean that he would be magically empowered to overcome any obstacle.

No—what Paul meant was that he could be content through all things, that he can remain focused on God’s mission through the hardest of times. When you do this, when you can remain content and thankful, God may bless you in unexpected ways.

“Dear Lord,

Please grant me the strength to be content, to be able to accept my world and circumstances as they are. Please remove from me my worries and anxieties about money, and replace them with faith in You. I trust you completely, and I trust that You will take care of me and my family.

I will release negativity and worry, and focus on the blessings You have provided, Lord. Thank you so much for what You have given us.”

Prayer for Wisdom

Wisdom is one of the great keys to prosperity, and with God being the source of all wisdom, why not simply ask for it? Solomon’s prayer for wisdom in 1 Kings 3:9 pleases God, and the prayer is granted, making Solomon one of the richest and most powerful rulers of his time, despite his imperfection. We’ll model this prayer on Solomon’s.

“Lord,

You have taken wonderful care of me and my family, and shown us great love. I thank you for that. But I admit that I do not know how to proceed. Please grant me wisdom, and an understanding mind, that I might better be able to serve you and discern between good and evil.”

Prayer for Charity

No amount of wisdom, though, will prosper you without an equal amount of love to temper it. In 1 Corinthians 13:2, Paul writes that “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” If you wish to prosper, you must have love for your fellow man, and be willing to be generous with what you do have.

“Dear God,

I pray that you would give me a generous, loving heart. Please help me to be as loving as I should be, and help me to let go of offense and prejudice, to let go of all the things that separate me from Your other children.

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