Rich and Poor and Praying and Giving — 2 Corinthians 8
I also once knew a man who prayed differently from the other. He was a strong Christian and man of faith. He prayed for the Lord to give him the resources to meet the needs of others and for the Lord to show him how to give and to whom to give from these resources. The Lord answered his prayers as well. The Lord would show him who needed financial help or what congregation needed help, and he always had the resources to give what was needed to answer the prayers of those who prayed for the Lord to meet their needs. He told me, “I want to give where I know I can make a difference,” and he did.
Though we often think of giving as only giving money, there are many ways to give. For example, Sunday school teachers give of their time when they pray and study the Bible to prepare a lesson. And Bible students give of their time when they study the Sunday school lesson in advance to help others and their teacher in their class. If we are in a church for very long, we can begin to list all the ways that rich and poor pray and give of their time, talent, and treasure to serve the Lord Jesus and help others. Because they have little money to give, many times those who are financially poor give the most of themselves to the Lord’s work and they become spiritually richer as they do so.
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