The Power of the Generosity Prayer

I know you’ve heard of “The Serenity Prayer which was said to be authored by Reinhold Niebuhr in the 1930′s or 1940′s.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs have adopted these powerful 27 words. Over the years it has been prayed by millions of people searching for wisdom, courage, and peace in their time of need.

I would like to introduce you to The Generosity Prayer, which is inspired by 2 Corinthians 9:8-11.

“Thank you, Lord, for blessing me in all ways, at all times, with more than I need. Lead me to live generously, share joyfully, and look expectantly toward my future.”

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This prayer is a positive confession, a powerful request, and a hopeful promise. It acknowledges the truth that generosity begins with God, and is then followed by a request to grow in a lifestyle of faithful and generous living. Finally, it concludes by reminding us that generosity isn’t something that robs our future, but insures it of provision. I have found it to be easy to remember and really helpful in providing me with a proper life perspective by recalibrating my thoughts, eyes, heart, and hands. I encourage you to pray this prayer repeatedly for 30 days. As we look toward Christmas, now would be a great time to begin!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Todd McMichen

Todd McMichen has served for over 30 years in a variety of roles in the local church, doing everything from planting churches to lead pastor. While on staff he conducted two major capital campaigns helping to guide his local churches through sizable relocation projects. Those two churches alone raised over $35,000,000. Since 2000, Todd has been a well-established stewardship and generosity campaign coach, as well as a conference leader and speaker. Todd is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, FL and Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife Theresa, and their two kids, Riley and Breanna. You can contact Todd at todd@auxano.com or 205-223-7803.

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comment_post_ID); ?> In this era, we have the opportunity of professional church staff today who utilize their gifting to shape the image and atmosphere of the church organization. But the 100% real impact on the church visitors is genuine evidence of changed lives by the gospel and the active growing discipleship (just as it was in the first century church). One demonstration is financially rich believers ministering equally together with poor believers (how odd, and incredibly miraculous; all humble and bow at the foot of the cross.). It is the awesome contrast of church members vocations, race, gender, age, maturity, gifting, humility that demonstrates to visitors "there is a Spirit in the place". That first-time guest list of 10 are "physical excuses", not spiritual excuses. Those don't tell the story. The condition of facilities and publicly greeting people have zero to do with it. The power of God in and through believers lives dedicated to impact other people with their relationship bridge-building of acceptance of the lost around them. Empowered believers are infectious, loving, helpful, giving, self-less, dynamic, compelling, bold, Christ-filled. As I have been in many church settings domestically and internationally, the facilities can be poor, and yet the fellowship can still be rich. We need to operate with first church humility. People come to Christ on His terms, not on our human abilities of hospitality. A huge catastrophe in a community, disaster relief brings lots of people into churches – many come to the church in those terrible conditions no matter the physical condition of the local church. Off the condition of facility, and onto the condition of God's people (living stones).... and everything else will grow.... and the other physical issues will be corrected by the staff.
 
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