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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I'm lost, to say the least! As a new pastor, taking over a newly started church I have read just about everything there is to learn what I can do to grow the church. I truly beleive that those attending our church are friendly and sincere. So that can't be the issue. I have read all the comments to this article and I feel that most churches will never have a fair chance! We are a VERY small church, so we don't have a children's church (yet). So if a family comes and gets upset that we don't have a children's church for them to put their children into, we lose! We do provide things for their kids to do during the service and even have an option for their kids to be in a different room, if they don't want their kids to sit with them. We are also such a small church that we don't have a worship team/band/etc. Our worship music comes from music videos. The congregation we do have likes it this way, but of course we would love to have a worhsip team. So, if someone comes to our church and is upset that we don't have live music, we lose! The point I am trying to make is that when people come in with preconceived ideas of what a church should be like, they will never find a church home, unless they find a church who's goal is to entertain! Every Sunday our message comes from the Bible, so that can't be a complaint for someone, so instead, people leave the church and never come back because they want more from a church: they don't want friendly people who are following the Word of God; they want a church that give them something (a babysitter for their kid, entertainment, free gifts, etc.) I'm sorry if sound cynical, I truly want everyone to hear the Good News and learn about Christ's love, but if they come in looking for something else, then the church will always lose!
 
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Reminds me Tony Morgan's classic post entitle “What If Target Operated Like A Church?” I wrote about this in a blog post "Is Your Church Like Target…or More Like A Mall?" https://goo.gl/2qQIy3
 
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Challenging and very good
 
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