Prosperity Defined
From God’s viewpoint, prosperity is multidimensional. It encompasses the prospering of the spirit, soul ( mind, will, and emotions), and body. This includes both spiritual and temporal prosperity.
From the world’s viewpoint, prosperity is one-dimensional. It includes only receiving and increasing our temporal possessions: those we cannot take with us after death.
In God’s kingdom the foundation of prosperity is an intimate friendship with God initiated and maintained through prayer and the Word. This gives us a right relationship with Him, ourselves, and others.
Matthew 22:37-39 describes the greatest commandments of the kingdom:
 Thou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind….And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 6:33 says:

But you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

These things are defined as what unbelievers seek after; “food and clothing,” or the material things of life. (Luke 12:22-31.) A Christian will prosper in things as a result of maintaining right heart attitudes and relationships. From God’s viewpoint of prosperity, things are secondary and right heart attitudes and relationships are primary.

The following references establish that God’s prosperity stretches to include the spirit, soul, and body of man.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that the spirit is made new through salvation.
Psalm 23 tells us that the Lord restores the soul, mind, will, and emotions.
Isaiah 53:4,5 tells us that the body is healed from sickness and disease. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
As a result of this threefold healing, we come into a position of self-control, freedom, and rest. In God’s prosperity a person has a desire to deify God in praise and worship rather than self through sensual appetites, unholy desires, sexual vice, impurity, greed, and covetousness.

 

Col. 3:5,6 He begins developing a deep sense of gratefulness toward God and experiencing a greater sense of God’s presence. By praying and meditating God’s Word, he slowly moves into a position in which God can abundantly give to him.
In God’s prosperity giving is emphasized, not getting; loving and truth, not hating and deceit. A person’s life-style becomes centered around the fixed and eternal Jesus. As a result he has established a permanent security in his life. Page One This is the reason that God can give us riches without sorrow which we can enjoy with peace.

Prov. 10:22 When a person’s life centers around something temporal, such as money, material things, or human beings, he is always insecure. Unless his life is fixed on eternal things, he cannot ever enter into the “rest of faith” from financial worries and problems.
In God’s prosperity, an individual’s value is based on his being a son or daughter of the Most High God. Everyone is equally precious. No class distinctions are made on the basis of one’s identify, possessions, accomplishments, nationality, or sex. None of these things affects our ability to prosper or to succeed. Ultimately our usefulness and success results from what is in our hearts. The person who is completely submitted to God, whose heart attitude is that of humbleness and meekness, becomes intimate with God and of great service to others.
Luke 14:11 states, “…he that humbles himself shall be exalted. Jesus Himself stated, “that anyone who wants to become great must be a servant of all.” Matt. 20:26.
This opposes the world’s viewpoint that in order to become great, one must exalt himself.

We can define God’s prosperity as relationship with God experienced in spirit, soul, and body which result in spiritual and temporal blessings. Right relationships and heart attitudes, rather than the desire for “things,” are of primary importance in one’s thoughts and life-style. The world measures prosperity by accumulated wealth, good looks, clothes, success, and “being number one.” Individuals competing for this kind of prosperity are highly motivated by things, money, position, or goals which they think will bring satisfaction and freedom. They deify self. Regarding their relationships simply as a means of achieving their goals, they use and manipulate people. To them an individuals’ value is determined by his usefulness to them, his looks, his possessions, knowledge, accomplishments, and the people he knows. The person who bases his prosperity on the world’s standards is left empty, weak, insecure, and fearful. On the other hand, the person who bases his prosperity on God’s standards is filled with peace, strength, security, and boldness. He enjoys his life.

PRAYING THE WORD

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My Word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall not return to me void, without producing any effect, useless, but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

John 15:7,8
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.

Genesis 1:2,3
…And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said….

Hebrews 11:3
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God…

Romans 4:17
God…calls those things which be not as though they were.

Galatians 5:6
…faith…works by love.

Hebrews 4:2
…but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (that is, with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom and goodness) by those who heard it; neither were they united in faith with ( Joshua and Caleb) the ones who heard ( did believe).

The Holy Spirit hovers over all of God’s children waiting for us to speak our heavenly Father’s Word. When we do, the Holy spirit can release His power to perform and prosper us in the thing where we have sent His Word. This applies to finances, family problems, and all other areas of life. However, when we send forth the Word, we must believe God rewards those who seek Him in prayer and that He will answer. Otherwise, the Word is of no effect.

Ephesians 3:20,21 states:
Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The key words are, according to the power that works in us. The amount of power working in us in is in direct proportion to the amount of God’s Word we are speaking, praying, believing, and living. Praying the word activates the Holy Spirit’s power on our behalf.
With our words and life-style we either release Him to move in our lives with progressively greater freedom or restrict Him. Rom. 1:18 Amp.
A basic principle involved in praying the Word is that in order to receive from God, one must first meet a condition. Later, he must accept a responsibility associated with the blessing received.
The believer often overlooks this responsibility. In the parable of the talents, Jesus emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility in order to keep a gift and increase its value. Matt 14:30.

PERSONALIZE THE WORD
There are two methods of praying the word. In the first way you simply personalize the Scriptures. As you pray the verses with the understanding ( See 1 Cor. 14:14-15), replace the 3rd person with the 1st. Page 3 Further enhance the power of the prayer by praying simultaneously in tongues.

As an example, one would personalize Psalm 1:1,2 as follows:

Lord, I ask that you would cause me not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit it the seat of the scornful. But that I would delight in your law; and would meditate in it day and night…

While we are praying the Word in this way, the Holy Spirit may convict us of some area of sin. We then need to ask God to forgive us. The scriptures clearly tell us to recognize and repent immediately of known sins and come into a right relationship with the Lord. By praying scripture, we are praying God’s perfect will for ourselves, because we are asking God for things He desires for us! The prayed Word begins transforming us, bringing about right heart attitudes and relationships with God and man. We mature spiritually in faith and in our relationship with God. Just as we grow from a child into an adult, we mature in our ability to receive things we’ve asked for from God. A child cannot receive a car as a gift, but an adult can because he is capable of accepting the responsibility for it.

Matthew 7:8-11 says:
For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks, finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son asks bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

PRAYING THROUGH

The second way of meditating God’s Word is called praying through the Word or praying through God’s thoughts. This involves praying from the “front side” of a scripture passage (viewing it with the natural, or non renewed mind) to the “back side” of the passage (viewing it in the Spirit, or with the renewed mind). Rom. 12:2. Concerning the ways of God, one prays from darkness to light, from flesh to spirit, from sin to seeing the truth, from bondage to freedom, from doubt and unbelief to believing, and from confusion and lack of understanding to clarity and comprehension.

In Isaiah 55:6,8,9 Amp, God says:
See, inquire for and require the Lord while He may be found, claiming Him by necessity and by right; call upon Him while He is near…For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

By praying through God’s Word, one begins moving into agreement with God’s thoughts and gaining an understanding of His ways. The power of the Holy Spirit enables him to begin naturally thinking as God thinks. This process is part of a sequence of getting into the right relationship with God. Often one can pray through from darkness to light and receive a revelation of the truth by simply meditating upon the scriptures and praying in his spiritual language. As we pray through in this manner, or allow the Word to pray through us, our understanding will be enlightened. As more “lights” are turned on, darkness and bondage go! As truth enters in and is received, deception and delusion are cast down. Strongholds are broken.
In John 6:63 Jesus said, ” It is the Spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” And in John 15:3 amp Jesus says, ” You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the Word which I have given you and the teachings I have discussed with you.”
One knows that he has prayed through in this manner when he experiences a release in his praying. A release comes when spiritual and mental ignorance is removed by a revelation of the scriptures given to him by the Holy Spirit. It also comes when the person “knows” in faith that understanding will be revealed to him at some future time. Our ability to “see” with spiritual eyes natural events increases as we continue to pursue this manner of praying. But many times, in order for one to release himself from the spiritual and mental ignorance that holds him captive, he must first confess his sins, including his sins of doubt and unbelief. He may also need to loose himself from blindness and bondage and cast down vain imaginations. 2 cor. 10:3-5; Luke 10:19; Matt 18:18) In reality, the second process of praying through the Word, allows God to cleanse and purge us from all known and unknown sins while we are meditating and praying His Word. It also allows us to take authority ourselves over the enemy and our flesh and loosen ourselves from the deceptions, blindness, and wiles of the devil revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.
Praying in the Holy Spirit, or in tongues, both with and without understanding is the most effective way of praying through. Praying in tongues helps us to move more quickly from our flesh, or from viewing things through a worldly perspective, to moving and seeing things in the spirit realm. This is where we want to be at all times in prayer, in the Spirit, viewing the Word of God from God’s perspective, for His Word is spirit and life and cannot be understood with the carnal mind. Rom 8:1-14; Jn 6:63.

The Praying Process Explained
There are two major areas that must be prayed through when one initially begins to encounter the Scriptures. The first area is immediate conviction of sin. The second area is that of vain imaginations or delusions regarding what the scriptures are saying. Both result in spiritual blindness, or not having a true understanding of what God is saying. This blindness springs from two sources: the flesh and demonic powers. Sometimes both areas must be prayed through in order to go from a darkened mind to light.

PRAYING THROUGH BONDAGE

Matthew 22:37-39 says:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

This scripture reveals three relationships where we can sin: 1. against God. 2. against ourselves, and
3. against others. When we sin against God or others, we sin against ourselves. If we sin against ourselves we also sin against God, for we are not our own, we are His creation.

1 Cor. 6:19.
Clearly, then, we can see that this commandment is broken when we are motivated by anything other than the love of God.

Often our minds are so darkened that we do not see clearly what sin is. Simply defined, sin is doing, thinking, or speaking things that deviate from the love of God or the Scriptures. When ever we deviate, we are blind in those areas, whether our sin is willful or an act of ignorance.
To stimulate thinking on this subject, the following table lists common sins that are contrary to loving God, others, and ourselves. These general categories need to be prayed through by almost everyone. Please note that doubt and unbelief, disobedience, and murmurings against God kept the children of Israel from entering into the Promised Land. These same sins can also keep us from our inheritance of prosperity, and should be dealt with as soon as they are recognized in our life.

COMMON SINS

Toward God and Others

Rebellion…Fear…Fear of Authority
Rejection…Doubt and Unbelief
Bitterness…Resentment…Hatred…Anger
Murder…Jealousy…Covetousness
Competition…Impatience…Criticism
Judgmentalism…Adultery…Fornication
Disobedience…Murmurings

Towards Self
Self-hatred…Self-condemnation…Anger
Resentment…Low self-worth…Guilt
Insecurity…Depression…Worry…Pride
Gluttony
Vain Imaginations or Delusions

Ephesians 4:22 amp
Strip yourselves of your former nature, put off and discard your old non renewed self which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion.

2 Timothy 2:26
And that they ( who know not the truth) may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil who are taken captive by him at his will.

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.

Ephesians 6:12 amp
For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood, contending only with physical opponents, but against the despotisms, against the powers, against (the master spirits who are) the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

2 Corinthians 10:4,5
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong hold;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Jeremiah 1:9,10 amp
…Behold I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day appointed you to the oversight of the nations and of the kingdoms, to root out and pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.

The deceiving, blinding demon powers of darkness are organized into kingdoms, nations, and rulers for the purpose of our destruction. Oftentimes these strongholds have to be completely destroyed and removed from one’s life before the truth of the Scriptures can be revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave us the authority and power to destroy these strongholds through the power of His Name.
One can pull or cast down vain imaginations, delusions, and blindness concerning the Scriptures simply by speaking against these things in faith. Often one feels the “scales” fall off his eyes as he suddenly sees the light of truth.

Planting and Building

The process of praying through is incomplete without the key ingredient of praying the good in the Scriptures. This brings our thoughts and actions into agreement with God’s, setting our course toward life and light. Often referred to as the type of prayer that Page 7 plants the good seed of the Word, it begins building a new foundation upon which we grow.
Notice the use of the principles described above in the following example of praying through using Psalm 1:1,2. (Before praying this prayer in English, begin praying in the Spirit.)

Lord, I ask that You forgive me for seeking the counsel of the ungodly, standing in the way of sinners, and sitting in the seat of the scornful. I forgive myself for this.
Lord, I ask that You forgive me for resenting and being angry with my family for judging and criticizing me for these things.
I forgive myself and my family for this. (Pray through in tongues until you experience a release or know that the Spirit is finished with this section.)
I cast down every vain imagination and delusion that exalts itself against the knowledge of the truth of how I should direct my affairs and life from this day forth, in Jesus” Name. (Pray in tongues until there is a release.)
I come against the chief principalities, powers, and wicked rulers in high places in the heavens which have worked in and through my family for generations encouraging us to sin continually in these areas. I tear them down, root them out, and destroy them in the heavens, round about me, and within me, in the almighty Name of Jesus. (Pray through in tongues until there is a release.
Father God, I now plant the Word to build upon a strong foundation in You. I pray that I will delight in Your law, meditate in it day and night, and prosper….(allow the Holy Spirit to add to this last statement in your prayer language.)
We can see that the second method of praying the Word takes longer than the first, but through it, we quickly progress deep into the holiness realm and knowledge of overcoming. We are waiting on God to teach us. As we renew our minds at a faster pace and move from darkness to light, divine insights and revelations come more speedily. Our desires and requests come to pass more promptly. We are becoming more acquainted with God’s ways and, more importantly, with God Himself. Before praying through in this manner, it would be wise to pray the following prayer first. This puts the armor of God on the believer who is in faith.

Prayer

Father, I come to have a quality prayer time with You and to destroy the powers of Satan and sin in my life, my husband’s / wife’s life, in the lives of the rest of our family and friends, and in the lives of the Body of Christ and the world. Lord, I choose to silence my own desires, reasonings, and thoughts and to be alive to only YOU. I come into agreement with Your will for me this day. Quicken Your Word in me that I might have more of Your Life and Light within me. Father, I pray that You, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give unto me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; that the eyes of my understanding may be enlightened; that I may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. And what is the exceeding greatness of His power towards me who believes, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when You raised Him from the dead, and set Him at Your own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come: and has put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him that fills all in all.
“Lord Jesus, I claim by faith now the protection of Your armor, that I may stand against Satan and all his host, and in the Name of Jesus overcome them. I take Your truth to counter the lies and errors of a cunning enemy. I take your righteousness to overcome the evil thoughts and accusations of Satan. I take the equipment of the Gospel of peace and forsake the safety and comforts of life in order to wage war with the enemy. Above all, I take Your faith to bar the way to doubts and unbelief entering my mind. I take your salvation and trust You to protect my body, soul and spirit from Satan’s various attacks. I take Your Word against the enemy, to sever every bondage and deliver every captive of Satan. Satan and demon powers, you are not contending with me today, but Jesus Christ in me. He will be in action, and the Holy Spirit will come upon me to lead me into action. I silence you and all your host. You cannot speak to me or touch anything associated with me, my family, friends, finances, or any material property. I bind you and your hosts, and gag and fetter you in the all-conquering Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Format for Following the Holy
Spirit’s Leading In Praying Through

1. Forgiveness
A. Father, I ask that You forgive me for (list any sin or sins)
B. I forgive myself for committing this/these sin/sins of (list specific sin/sins
C. I forgive (name)_______ for (list any sin or sins)
2. Vain Imaginations
In the name of Jesus, I cast down every vain imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of the truth concerning____________.
3. Principalities and Powers
I come against the chief principalities, powers, and wicked rulers in high places in the heavens concerning………………
I tear them down, root them out, and destroy them in the heavens round me and within me, in the almighty Name of Jesus. Thank You Lord, for setting me free!
4. I plant and build upon Your Word in my life which says________________ in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

From God’s viewpoint, prosperity is multidimensional. It encompasses the prospering of the spirit, soul ( mind, will, and emotions), and body. This includes both spiritual and temporal prosperity.
From the world’s viewpoint, prosperity is one-dimensional. It includes only receiving and increasing our temporal possessions: those we cannot take with us after death.
In God’s kingdom the foundation of prosperity is an intimate friendship with God initiated and maintained through prayer and the Word. This gives us a right relationship with Him, ourselves, and others.
Matthew 22:37-39 describes the greatest commandments of the kingdom:

Thou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind…. and the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 6:33 says:
But you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

These things are defined as what unbelievers seek after: food and clothing, the material things of life. (Luke 12:22-31.) A Christian will prosper in things as a result of maintaining right heart attitudes and relationships. From God’s viewpoint of prosperity, things are secondary and right heart attitudes and relationships are primary.
The following references establish that God’s prosperity stretches to include the spirit, soul, and body of man
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that the spirit is made new through salvation.
Psalm 23 tells us that the Lord restores the soul ( mind, will, and emotions.
Isaiah 53:4,5 tells us that the body is healed from sickness and disease.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
As a result of this threefold healing, we come into a position of self-control, freedom, and rest.
In God’s prosperity a person has a desire to deify God in praise and worship rather than self through sensual appetites, unholy desires, sexual vice, impurity, greed, and covetousness. ( Col. 3:5,6.)
He begins developing a deep sense of gratefulness toward God and experiencing a greater sense of God’s presence. By praying and meditating
God’s Word, he slowly moves into a position in which God can abundantly give to him.
In God’s prosperity giving is emphasized, not getting; loving and truth, not hating and deceit. A person’s life-style becomes centered around the fixed and eternal Jesus. As a result he has established a permanent security in his life. Page One This is the reason that God can give us riches without sorrow which we can enjoy with peace. (Prov. 10:22)
When a person’s life centers around something temporal (such as money, material things, ora human being), he is always insecure. Unless his life is fixed on eternal things, he cannot ever enter into the “rest of faith” from financial worries and problems.
In God’s prosperity, an individual’s value is based on his being a son or daughter of the Most High God. Everyone is equally precious. No class distinctions are made on the basis of one’s identify, possessions, accomplishments, nationality, or sex. None of these things affects our ability to prosper or to succeed.
Ultimately our usefulness and success results from what is in our hearts. The person who is completely submitted to God, whose heart attitude is that of humbleness and meekness, becomes intimate with God and of great service to others.
Luke 14:11 states,…he that humbles himself shall be exalted. Jesus Himself stated that anyone who wants to become great must be a servant of all. Matt. 20:26. This opposes the world’s viewpoint that in order to become great, one must exalt himself.
We can define God’s prosperity as relationship with God experienced n spirit, soul, and body which result in spiritual and temporal blessings. Right relationships and heart attitudes, rather than the desire for ‘things,” are of primary importance in once’s thoughts and life-style.
The world measures prosperity by accumulated wealth, good looks, clothes, success, and “being number one.” Individuals competing for this kind of prosperity are highly motivated by things, money, position, or goals which they think will bring satisfaction and freedom. They deify self.
Regarding their relationships simply as a means of achieving their goals, they use and manipulate people. To them an individual’s value is determined by his usefulness to them, his looks, his possessions, knowledge, accomplishments, and the people he knows.
The person who bases his prosperity on the world’s standards is left empty, weak, insecure, and fearful. On the other hand, the person who bases his prosperity on God’s standards is filled with peace, strength, security, and boldness. He enjoys his life.

PRAYING THE WORD

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My Word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall not return to me void without producing any effect, useless, but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

John 15:7,8
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.

Genesis 1:2,3
…And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said….

Hebrews 11:3
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God…

Romans 4:17
God…calls those things which be not as though they were.

Galatians 5:6
…faith…works by love.

Hebrews 4:2
…but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (that is, with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom and goodness) by those who heard it; neither were they united in faith with ( Joshua and Caleb) the ones who heard ( did believe).

The Holy Spirit hovers over all of God’s children waiting for us to speak our heavenly Father’s Word. When we do, the Holy spirit can release His power to perform and prosper us in the thing where we have sent His Word. This applies to finances, family problems, and all other areas of life. However, when we send forth the Word, we must believe that God rewards those who seek Him in prayer and that He will answer. Otherwise, the Word is of no effect.

Ephesians 3:20,21 states:
Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The key words are, according to the power that works in us. The amount of power working in us in is in direct proportion to the amount of God’s Word we are speaking, praying, believing, and living. Praying the word activates the Holy Spirit’s power on our behalf.
With our words and life-style we either release Him to move in our lives with progressively greater freedom or restrict Him. Rom. 1:18 Amp.
A basic principle involved in praying the Word is that in order to receive from God, one must first meet a condition. Later, he must accept a responsibility associated with the blessing received.
The believer often overlooks this responsibility. In the parable of the talents, Jesus emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility in order to keep a gift and increase its value. Matt 14:30.