Your husband’s relationship with his finances has significant consequences on his self-image and everything he experiences. Is he generous or stingy? Is he grateful or envious of others? Does he see money as a curse or a blessing? Is he wise or reckless with what he has? Do you both agree on financial management, or is it a source of discord between you?

Nothing puts more pressure on a couple than financial irresponsibility, lack of money, or being overwhelmed by debt. It is only when we recognize that everything we have comes from God and seek to let Him reign over our accounts that we can avoid the traps that money, or the lack thereof, presents.

My husband has always earned a good living, but the nature of his business often makes it difficult to predict what will come in and when; this creates an atmosphere of uncertainty that can swing between abundance and famine. One year, there was a recession in the music industry, which everyone involved felt. Even the companies that owed us money delayed their payments due to lack of liquidity.

It was a challenging time, but it would have been much worse if we hadn’t had faith in the Lord and if our finances hadn’t been under His control. Our peace was reinforced by the knowledge that we had obeyed God by tithing to our church.

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:10)

We had also been faithful in giving to those in need and poverty.

Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them—they are counted among the blessed in the land—he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.” (Psalm 41:1-2)

We also knew the promises of the Bible that say:

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:10)

We were certainly attentive to the Lord. We were convinced that by considering Him as our source and living in obedience to His commandments, He would provide for us, and we would have all we needed. And He did, and we are fulfilled.

So many money problems can be solved by simply following His directives. This means giving when He prompts us to give. When you do, God has promised to deliver you, protect you, bless you, heal you, and keep you alive. When you don’t, you expose yourself to experiencing the distress the poor know:

Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.” (Proverbs 21:13)

Not giving deprives you of the ability to enjoy what you have and leads you into lifelong difficulties.

Certainly, there are many wealthy people who do not give. But if you were to observe their lives more closely, you would see that many blessings from God are lacking. Health, protection, love, peace, and satisfaction always elude them without them knowing why. They gain wealth but lose the ability to enjoy it. All this because they do not know that the key to life is to know the Lord and live in His ways. This means giving time, energy, love, talent, and money according to His direction.

Pray that your husband seizes this key and understands God’s will concerning his finances. Pray that he becomes generous and content to live within his means without always wanting more. I am not saying he shouldn’t strive to earn more, quite the opposite. A man deserves to earn what corresponds to his labor, and his wife should pray for that to be the case. A toil that leads to poverty and its entourage of bitterness, anxiety, illness, and envy should not be accepted as a usual way of life. I urge you to pray that God’s storehouses open for your husband, but pray that it is done by the hand of God.

The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.” (Proverbs 10:22)

Prayer is certainly not a foolproof means to avoid all financial problems; sometimes God uses finances to get our attention and teach us lessons. But your prayers will certainly help protect your husband from many unnecessary struggles and distress. God’s desire is to bless those who are obedient, grateful, generous, and who find their treasure in the Lord.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

God wants your husband to find his treasure in Him, not in his money.

This text is an excerpt from the book “The Power Of A Praying Wife” written by Stormie Omartian.

We invite you to read the following article “Prayers For His Finances

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