Scripture For Today:
“Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me…”
What John Had to Say About Prayer pt 8
The last several days, we have been studying what John had to say in 1 John 5:16 about a “sin unto death.”
“There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”
Notice that this is something God told us NOT to pray for. Amen!
But, John also told what we ARE SUPPOSED TO pray for! We can read this in 3 John 2:
“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers…”
According to my Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word “wish” actually implies, “to pray.” So we could read this verse as, “Beloved, I PRAY above all things, that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”
Now, we have already established the fact that the writers of the Bible were inspired by the Holy Spirit in all things they wrote. If it were not so, they would not be included in the Word. Amen!
So, if John was motivated by the Holy Spirit to pray for those believers he was writing to (which includes US, amen?), then it was the desire OF the Holy Spirit for every believer to PROSPER!
It has to be for every believer – because God is not a respecter of persons (you can read that in Acts 10:34). So it is scriptural for us to pray that believers would prosper and be in health, even as their soul prospers.
And notice, John said he prayed this – ABOVE ALL THINGS that he prayed for!
Now, I can hear some of those denominational mis-instructed preachers saying, “There he goes again, misinterpreting the Bible…” But let me ask you, “old buddy,” is what I just read THE BIBLE? If it is – then what does the Concordance say? And if what I just shared is EXACTLY what the Word of God says, who is the one trying to misinterpret the Bible to say something it does not say?
In other words – YOU need to repent for NOT praying that other believers, including yourself – PROSPER. That’s financial prosperity included, in-case you’re too dense to understand the meaning of the Word of God.
I swear, some people need help to misinterpret the Bible. Amen!
This scripture is talking about financial and material prosperity as well as good health and soul prosperity. God wants us to be healthy physically AND financially!
Because if we use the prosperity HE provides for us – it is to share the Gospel and NOT to kick back and take it easy and eat chocolate bon-bons all day long. He needs us to take the WORD out into the world and share it. Amen!
And that take MONEY. Amen.
But notice something else here…
God wants us to prosper, not just financially and not just physically. He wants our SOUL’s to prosper, too!
In case you did not know, YOU are a spirit. YOU live in a body. YOU have a soul – which is made up of your mind, your will and your emotions.
And God wants your SOUL to prosper. That means you need to have a prosperous mind, a prosperous will and prosperous emotions.
This entire scripture verse describes the Will of God for every believer to PROSPER in every area of our life: Financially, Physically, Mentally, Materially, and Emotionally.
Because that allows us to share the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus with others without worrying about “How are we going to get there?” Because everything encompasses those three things. Amen!
So John is making it very, very clear here, that we are SUPPOSED to pray for our PROSPERITY – in every realm of our spirit and physical being. Amen!
I want to pray for YOU right now – just as John prayed!
Beloved, I pray above all else, that YOU would prosper and be in health, even as you mind, your will and your emotions prosper – so YOU can share the Gospel with others and tell them what wonderful things Jesus has done for you – once you accepted Him as your Savior. Most important of all – is the forgiveness of your sins and the Gift of everlasting life. Amen!
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