God doesn’t need people to push the Gospel. He could do it however He wants to do it. But that’s the way He set things up. He wants people to bring the Gospel to the nations. And I think that God’s a genius! He wants us to use our own resources to love our neighbor so that we can learn to serve.
He knows that we humans come out of the womb as selfish individuals. My little four month old son does not say “I love you” to me. When he’s hungry, he looks at me and screams in my face. “I don’t care what you do, feed me.” It’s a selfish thing, right? Honestly, we do not have a natural ability to be a sacrifice, and to serve.
God also did not have to use finances to make this world work, but He did. To love your neighbor as yourself, you have to have finances. You can’t get a plane ticket for free. You can’t say, “Beam me up, Scotty,” and just all of a sudden be somewhere. God can transport you if He wants to, but I don’t see that happening. So we need finances to push the Gospel.
For example, I love good drinking water, so I want my neighbor to have good drinking water. Well, I can’t just say, “God, put a water well in there,” and a water well will just pop up. Can God do it? Yes, He can! I could say, “God, please let a well suddenly appear in this town,” and He could do it. But that’s not what happens. We need people to fund wells, and we need people to dig wells. And why did God set it up that way? It’s a sacrifice we have to make. We sacrifice some of the money we earn to help someone else. That way, we give tangible love to other people.
I pray for finances because I believe that the more money I can make, the more dents I can make in helping other people. I can help fund projects. Or I can help by networking. You know, the Bible says that your gifts, your ability to succeed, will place you before kings. In other words, my abilities give me the ability to stand in front of really important people. So I want to succeed because I want to be able to reach important people. I want to stand before people that have done great things and say, “I need your help, help me in this.”
So why not pray for finances and pray for success, if you have a heart for sacrifice? I pray for finances, I pray for my gift, I pray that my abilities will increase so that I can increase financially. Well, how often has it been that I get to stand before kings now? So if that’s truly my heart, and I truly exercise that heart, then I can believe that by praying for these things, God will grant them.