Have you ever felt like your finances were on shaky ground or that you were not using your finances wisely? In reading The Storehouse Principle, by Al Jandle and Van Crouch (1), I was given some new perspectives on stewardship and how to achieve financial stability.
The Storehouse Principle reminded me that I need to be a good steward of my time, talent and resources. I was also challenged to establish a storehouse savings program so I am positioned to take advantage of opportunities God brings my way. A storehouse can provide financial stability.
Check out this verse:
“The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
Deuteronomy 28:8 NKJV
Having a storehouse is a blessing to your family and to others.
In order for the Lord to command blessing on my storehouse, I have to have one. Although I save money each month, I had not viewed it as saving to build a storehouse so I am available to God’s blessings on the money I saved. Money is a tool. Kept in proper perspective (i.e., God owns it all), money can be used to provide for my family and to bless others.
Having a storehouse for finances helps position me to be able to take advantage of opportunities God brings my way. If I am saddled with debt or living paycheck to paycheck with no savings, I am not free to respond when such opportunities come along. I could be missing an opportunity to give, an opportunity to invest, an opportunity to go on a mission trip or any number of other opportunities that God will bring into my life.
The storehouse prayer
The prayer below can be found in The Storehouse Principle (1), pp. 169-170. This sums up the key messages of the book well.
“Dear Father God,
“Thank you for Your goodness in providing for my financial needs. I dedicate every penny that comes into my home to You and the furtherance of Your kingdom. Please help me to be a wise steward of the money that You have given me, so that I can give, meet my obligations, and put money into a storehouse savings program. I believe, according to your Word in Deuteronomy 28:8, that You will command a blessing on the money that I save, the money that I give and all the work that I out forth my hand to do.
“I declare that Jesus is Lord over my finances, and I give the worry of financial pressure over to You, Father. Help me to be financially stable so that I can be a blessing to others. Thank You for giving me favor with You and with man, favor that surrounds me like a shield.
“Thank You for Your Holy Spirit who lives in me. I believe that He will teach me how to manage my money and lead and guide me to the opportunities that would be a blessing, and warn me to stay away from people and situations that are not healthy financially. Thank You for helping me to live within my means, and to put away selfish desires to spend money needlessly on things that I could do without, or should delay buying until later.
“I understand from Your Word, that the borrower is servant to the lender. Please help me to pay off any unnecessary debt as quickly as possible, and to not incur future debt. Help me to be careful of greed in every form, for I understand that a person’s life does not consist of the possessions they own. Help me to be content with my current situation, so that I do not envy other people’s wealth, nor covet their things or lifestyles.
“Because You nurture and take care of every living thing, I know You will provide for my needs, so I will not worry about anything that may happen to me tomorrow, but I will focus on what You are teaching me today, and how I can be a blessing to others now.
“I will bring my financial life into line with what You command and desire, regardless of personal desires and no matter what it takes. Help me to remember that the Storehouse Principle is not just about money or things, but about obedience to Your Word and Your Spirit. I know that even the money that I have in savings is Your money Father; I am just a temporary steward of it. I do not trust in riches or things, but in You alone Lord. You have blessed me so that I can be a blessing to others.
“I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
I think it’s important to be obedient to God’s Word, to have a strong personal relationship with Him and to follow the individual guidance He gives each of us. Learning to be content and improving stewardship skills day-by-day is key.
It’s not how much we make, but how much we keep of what we make that counts. That which we keep can provide for our family and bless others.
(1) Jandl, Al and Crouch, Van. The Storehouse Principle: A Revolutionary God Idea for Creating Extraordinary Financial Stability. Broken Arrow, OK: CrossStaff Publishers, LLC, 2004.
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