Holy Prosperity by Diane Woerner

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Holy Prosperity

Diane Woerner on a Strength That Is from God Alone

For many years I have pondered a little prayer tucked away in the book of 3 John. Verse 2 reads, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” Deceptively simple, I have come to understand that this brief sentence holds an important key to God’s view of our lives.

The Greek word for prosper, euodoo, literally means to do well along the way. In other words, John is praying that, as his beloved friends journey through life, God will give them that which is good. But he clearly implies that the prospering of their souls is the precursor to their prospering in all other respects.

What I have come to believe, therefore, is that any . . .