Prayer is an act of humility before God. We pray for the safety and protection of our loved ones from any harm, accident, or sickness because we know that, in the end, it is God who ultimately keeps them safe. A student may also pray to God when they have some tests coming because they rely on God for the grace and wisdom they need in their studies. Even when we preach the Gospel to a lost person, we pray that the Holy Spirit will soften their heart and open their spiritual eyes because we know that it is only God who can work in their heart. The common denominator of all those prayers is reliance on God. Good Christians don’t try to solve things on their own. Instead, they humble themselves and come before God’s throne of grace to ask for mercy and help. It is the same whenever we experience financial difficulties. We come before God and ask him for financial help or provision because we know that God is faithful and everything comes from Him.
What does the Bible say about praying for financial help?
The Bible tells us to ask God for help. How can we receive from God if we don’t ask something of him? Indeed, God is all-knowing. He knows what you need before you ask it. However, that does not mean we should not pray and ask Him for financial help, as God ordained prayer as a means for us to receive something. He wants us to pray and ask Him, who is our Heavenly Father, for financial help because it shows that we are humbling ourselves before Him, acknowledging that it is only He on whom we can depend. Also, the Bible tells us that whenever we are anxious about anything, we should present our requests to God through prayers and supplications, trusting that the peace of Christ shall guard our hearts and minds.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Another thing the Bible tells us about asking God for financial help comes from 1 Peter 5:7, where it says that we are to cast our anxieties to God because He cares for us. If you are in Christ, then God is your Heavenly Father. He cares for you and loves you. If you have any concerns or problems, you are not to hold them within you, but instead cast them to God because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
How do I ask God for financial help?
You ask God for help in prayer. Whatever financial concerns you have, you can present them to God through prayer and ask for help or provision. For example, if you are going through financial difficulties and cannot pay for your children’s tuition, you can ask God in prayer for financial help and provision regarding your children’s fees. If someone from the family is in the hospital and you lack the finances to pay all the expenses, you can pray and ask God for the provision to pay the hospital expenses. Remember to be specific in your prayers. Don’t just tell God that you need financial help. Ask Him and tell Him precisely what you need financial help with. Sometimes, the prayer we should ask is not just for financial help to come right into our laps. It could sometimes mean praying to God for a better job to earn more and make ends meet, or praying for a salary increase.
Here is an example of how you can ask God for financial help:
Father in heaven, You are the God who is faithful to provide. You provided for the Israelites day and night when they were in the wilderness. Father, I pray for financial provision for my children’s tuition fees. I pray for another side gig in which I can earn more to provide for my children’s education. You are the source of everything, Father, the One whom we depend on. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
If you find yourself in financial difficulty, you have to do your best to make ends meet. Do whatever you can within the boundaries of righteousness to support your family. However, don’t forget that everything comes from the LORD and that everything you have comes from Him. That is why we must always come before Him and ask Him for provision.