A Prayer for When You Have Been FINANCIALLY DISADVANTAGED or RIPPED OFF

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Father, I have been financially disadvantaged in my dealings with X. By Your grace, I lay down my anger, frustration, disappointment, and unforgiveness. Because You guard all that is mine (Psalm 16:5), this outcome did not catch You by surprise. Help me put the loss in perspective and to remember that You can restore exceedingly and abundantly above all that I can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

Father, I need Your wisdom for how to proceed in resolving this matter—through legal channels or by simply forgiving the debt. I do not want to enable X to continue in her evil, dysfunctional,  or irresponsible ways, but neither do I want to destroy her emotionally, financially, or otherwise. Show me where I may have failed to communicate or formally document my expectations. Help me to see if I set X up for failure with terms or conditions that were too vague, too onerous, or even too lenient.

O Lord, You know the current state of X’s finances and whether she has the ability to repay me now or in the future. If she has dealt with me deceitfully, convict her of her sin. Your Word declares that bread gained by deceit is sweet, but afterward the deceiver’s mouth will be full of gravel (Proverbs 20:17). I pray that X will find no satisfaction, profit, or peace in the fruit of her deception.

Give her the courage to come forward and resolve this issue in a manner that honors You. Let her not be named among the wicked who refuse to pay back what they owe (Psalm 37:21). Rather, help her to become an upright person guided by integrity (Proverbs 11:3).

Father, thank You that You have made me a lender and not a bor rower. I acknowledge that You own everything I possess (Psalm 24:1). I want to be a good, discerning  steward of all You have entrusted into my care. Please do not let a root of bitterness spring up in me and stop me from helping others because of this disappointing outcome.

I submit this financial loss to You. I choose to walk in forgiveness and in the freedom-giving truth that You are the avenger of every wrong. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

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4 thoughts on “A Prayer for When You Have Been FINANCIALLY DISADVANTAGED or RIPPED OFF

  1. Thank you. I needed this message this morning. I have been through a lot over the past three years which started with going through divorce after 30 years of marriage, causing a downward spiral to include, an almost nervous breakdown (but God), losing my business after 3 years due to financial situation changing and resulting in filing bankruptcy. I was watching TV (TBN SALSA), and when I saw you, I stop to listen. I then subscribed on your website and began to scroll through the messages and ran across this one. I just wanted to say thank you for what you do. I am now a lot stronger than I was but still going through financially. I am an evangelist and an elder at my church and really don’t like people knowing about my financial situation. I do know one thing though that God is going to bring me out. Thanks for the words of encouragement Yours Truly, Evangelist E

  2. I pray God is showing Himself strong on your situation. Be encouraged!

  3. Sorry for the late response; your question was not visible. You may do the prayer as long as you need it. However, now is the time to say, “That’s behind me. Next!”

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