Have you ever prayed for your friends to prosper? Perhaps you have prayed that you would prosper. As we look at 21 words to totally transform your 2021, I want to share the 13th word, “PROSPER.” I must admit that although my desire is to prosper, and I love to see my friends prosper, I have rarely used this word in my prayer life. This week God ministered to me about this word, and I want to share it with you. It’s okay to use this word in our prayers but let’s examine how it is used.
What does it mean to PROSPER? To prosper is to be successful or fortunate. Oftentimes when we hear the word prosper, it is related to finances. Although it is nice to prosper financially, God is more concerned about us prospering in a different way.
In III John verse 2 a prayer is given by John for his good friend Gaius. In this passage John is referred to as an Elder and he is praying for his dear friend Gaius to prosper. The NKJV says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” The CSB version says, “Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically, just as you are spiritually.” There are several lessons that we can learn from this prayer.
God wants us to prosper physically and spiritually! The text says “just as your soul prospers.” This means that we should be prospering and successful spiritually. Do you have good spiritual health? Good spiritual health starts with accepting Jesus Christ as Lord, having a daily relationship with Him. I am reminded of the words to a song that ask the question; “What would it mean to gain this whole world and lose your soul?” It is so important to have a prospering SOUL. When we spend time developing spiritually, other areas of our lives will also develop. Our prayer and desire should be to prosper in everything we do. Not only that, we must also be in good health. If you don’t have good health, it is difficult to enjoy anything.
Are you in good health? Many are sick, we must take good care of our physical bodies by eating good foods, exercising and getting the proper rest. Remember God wants you to prosper both physically and spiritually! Let’s do what we need to do so that we can PROSPER!
May the Lord bless you to prosper in everything! I also pray that your marriage and family will prosper. May you have good health and prosper both physically and most importantly spiritually in Jesus’s name, Amen!
Until next week . . .
ps: Check out previous post for the first twelve words to totally transform your 2021.