Prosperity Prayer Week 7: Learning to Manage Your Finances Wisely

August 14, 2011

Today is week seven of our 8-week exploration of Lynn Robinson’s Prosperity Prayer. I encourage you to say this prayer out loud, daily, for as long as it takes to truly internalize it. Use these posts as a way to create powerful visualizations of this inspired prayer.

Dear God —

I surrender my financial affairs and concerns about money to your Divine care and love.

I ask that you remove my worries, anxieties and fears about money, and replace them with faith.

I know and trust that my debts will be paid and money will flow into my life.

I have only to look to nature to see proof of the abundance you provide.

I release all negative thoughts about money, and know that prosperity is my true state.

I commit to being grateful for all that I now have in my life.

I learn to manage my finances wisely, seeking help where needed.

This week’s stanza becomes very practical. Notice the order in which the prayer goes. Before you get to the very practical exercise of learning to manage your finances wisely, you first did the spiritual and emotional work necessary to allow money to be in your life.

While you were still caught up in anxieties, worries, and fears, while you had no Faith, while you were in the midst of negative thoughts about money, focusing on managing your finances wisely was just going to create more stress.

This is one reason why many people struggle so hard with money. Because they jump to the nuts and bolts, the dollars and cents, while they are still caught up in a miasma of emotion, possibly even trauma, over money. And you simply cannot be successful when you are in that place. It only brings more of what you are trying to escape, because you have wrapped up money with this monster who is against you.

But not for you, not right now. You have given over all that, you know that prosperity is your true state. You experience gratitude for everything that is in your life at this time.

Now you are ready to become a student.

I learn…”

You are putting the verb “to learn” in the present tense. What does that mean? For one thing, it is an acceptance that you have not yet learned all that you need to learn about this. For another, it is not about something that you are going to do in the future. It also means that you acknowledge that you need to learn, that there is still more you need to know.

By saying the Prayer out loud each day, you continually bring yourself into a state of learning. You are in the present moment, and in that moment you learn.

“…to manage my finances wisely…”

You are learning to manage your finances wisely. By stating that you are managing them, you are committing to being actively engaged with decisions regarding your finances. You are managing them – it is not them managing you.

Think about a person who is running a company, who is managing that company, and who is doing it well. Do you think that this person is burying his or her head and letting things go? Certainly not! They are paying attention to what is happening. They are managing it.

In all likelihood, they are also in a state of active learning, all the time.

“…seeking help where needed.

This phrase is so important! You are seeking help where you need help.

When you say the Prayer, do not dwell or try to solve this problem of where the help will come from. You seek help where needed.

Lynn Robinson, who wrote this prayer, is an intuitive who has dedicated her life to helping others use their own intuition well and effectively. By telling yourself that you seek help where needed, you will take action to seek help where needed.

That means that when you are there with your finances, which you are learning to manage wisely, and which you will always be learning to manage wisely, and you get stuck, you will seek help.

A friend of mine, Vicki, who has published many books, many of which have won awards, told me once that she had discovered the secret to her writer’s block. It was simply that she needed more information. She was stuck because she was trying to write about something that she did not know enough about. Sometimes she had to stop for a moment and ask herself what it was that was making her stuck.

Then Vicki would head to the library, tell the reference librarian where she was stuck, and they would work together to find what information was available. My friend would then spend the time learning the new material, and while she was doing that the writing would again become clear in her mind. Then, and only then, could she return home and incorporate what she had learned into her book.

When you get stuck, you need to go through a similar process as my writer friend Vicki. You first must recognize that you are missing information. That doesn’t make you stupid or worthless or anything else – you are just missing information! How very human of you! Because all of us were born with very little information on anything. You came into the world with an instinct that told you how to root around and find your mother’s milk. That was a great survival skill at the time, but not too helpful to you today. Certainly you were born with no information whatsoever on how to manage your finances, or even a clue about what finances are.

The particular resources that you need to seek will vary greatly depending on your circumstances. You may be just starting out managing your finances wisely, and you may need some very basic help with that. Or you may be managing a great deal of money, and need help with that.

I strongly recommend that you let your instinct guide in finding the resources and help that you need. Say the Prayer, commit to managing your finances wisely, and be open to where you need help and the help that is available.

May your day be filled with blessings as you and Money discover each other anew.

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