Prayer #7: Ask God To Bring You The Reward Of Your Labor
Are you tired of seeing the reward of your labor to go somebody else?
Are you tired of sowing and working, but watching someone else get the reward, promotion, honor, recognition, or influence that YOU deserve because you earned it?
I don’t want to talk to you today about any kind of unholy entitlement mentality. None of us should walk around with our chests puffed out talking about what we “deserve.”
However, God does have a holy reward system that, unfortunately, Christians are usually too doubtful, fearful, or falsely-humble to tap into.
Here’s what happened to me:
When I felt so forgotten, the Holy Spirit led me to this promise. I prayed it out of sheer desperation. I had been sowing and sowing for so long, but it felt and looked like everybody else got the reward for what I was doing.
That is not a good feeling at all, and it shouldn’t be. It’s unjust, and God is into JUSTICE. Righteousness and justice are the foundations of His throne. We SHOULD desire to see justice in every area of our lives.
So I began to pray. And as wild as it may seem, all of a sudden, the rewards for YEARS of labor started coming to me all of a sudden.
I don’t mean just some of my labor, either. I mean ALL of my labor. Even in situations in which I had previously seen my reward get stolen, God started bringing the rewards for those things back to me. And the rewards I got for those things were BETTER and BIGGER than the rewards that had been unjustly stolen by others. 🙂
Yep. Seeing your reward get stolen is for the birds. When you sow, you should reap a harvest. God has a holy reward system, and if you haven’t tapped into it yet, it’s time for you to do so today.
What is God’s holy reward system?
Check out these Scriptures:
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).
“For the Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,’ and, ‘The laborer is worthy of his wages'” (1 Timothy 5:18).
God has promised us abundant rewards for our labor. And yet, too often we work and work and work, but then see the enemy steal our reward.
Watching your harvest disappear can be a big contributor toward making someone feel forgotten.
But if you’ve been watching your reward go to somebody else, that can stop today.
How do I know?
Because Isaiah 62:8-9 contains God’s promise to bring YOU–and nobody else–the reward of your labor.
This passage says:
The Lord has sworn by His right hand
And by the arm of His strength:
“Surely I will no longer give your grain
As food for your enemies;
And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine,
For which you have labored.
But those who have gathered it shall eat it,
And praise the Lord;
Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”
Did you catch that? SURELY the Lord will no longer give your grain as food for your enemies! Instead, God promises that YOU will receive the harvest from the labor you have sown.
This is consistent with other similar promises God has made in Scripture.
He has promised that, in the end-time outpouring of the Holy Spirit, He will restore the years that the locusts have eaten:
So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust,
The consuming locust,
And the chewing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people shall never be put to shame” (Joel 2:25-26).
He actually promises you double-portion restoration in Isaiah 61:7:
Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.”
And if you tithe, God has promised specifically that He will bless you powerfully and rebuke the devourer off of your harvest:
‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,’
Says the Lord of hosts,
‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,’
Says the Lord of hosts;
‘And all nations will call you blessed,
For you will be a delightful land,’
Says the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:10-12).
The Word of God is clear. So are you ready to stop seeing your reward go to others?
If so, it’s time to pray proactively. Claim God’s promises about your harvest and reward, and He will answer.
Pray this with me:
Heavenly Father, I come before You in Jesus’ name. Father, thank You that You love me and will take care of me always. Thank You for having a good plan for my life. I know You are in control of my life, and You will perfect all things that concern me.
Heavenly Father, for too long I’ve been seeing my rewards get stolen. Father, Your Word says that this is not right.
You love righteousness and justice, and You said that the workman is worthy of his hire. You said You WILL reward me when I seek You. You said You’re not unjust to forget my work and labor of love. And (if you tithe) You said that You will rebuke the devourer for my sake so that my harvest would not be destroyed.
So Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name, I lift Your promises up to You. I ask that from this day forward:
- that You would no longer give my grain as food for my enemies.
- I pray that the sons of the foreigner would not drink my new wine for which I have labored.
- I pray that I who have gathered this harvest would eat it and praise You for it; and
- I pray that I who have brought it together would drink it in Your courts.
Father, I claim Your promise that You will reward me when I diligently seek You. I have diligently sought You, so I’m asking You for the full reward of my labor.
If any of my reward has been stolen, bring it back to me DOUBLE. Bring me the justice and honor You have promised, Father, and bless me indeed.
Thank You, Father. Help me to notice the answers to my prayer, and to thank You for it. I give You all the praise, and I bless You and love You.
In Jesus’ name. Amen!
Are you ready for God to bring you the reward of your labor? Does this message encourage your heart? If so, please leave a comment below. I want to hear what you think!
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- Prayer #3: Believe (And Remind God) That Promotion Comes From Him Alone
- Prayer #4: If You Feel Forgotten, Ask God For Favor
- Prayer #5: If You Feel Forgotten, Pray For Influence
- Prayer #6: Ask the Holy Spirit To Advocate For You
- Prayer #7: Ask God To Bring You The Reward Of Your Labor
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This was just for me and it spoke directly to my heart. It came at the RIGHT time! Thank you for sharing and I pray that God continues to bless you for being obedient.
Yay! So glad, Christel! Thanks for reading!
Thank you for these prayers. I was in despair, broken and crying out to God and I felt forgotten. I just prayed this prayer and I am expecting God to move in my life.
Thank you and may God continue to use for the Kingdom of God! Gods blessings upon you.
Wao.. on my own i was busy pray for my rewad for every seed what i hv plant nw wnat i open my pin i see your encouragment only Jes 61:7 th double-portion resoration this my answer now im waitig with Faith is coming now in th Name of Jesus. Thanks o lot.Amen
Thank you for that word it’s true i being sowing and given and seem like my rewards been going to others. I am a tithis giver and give offering faith to so many others. And always labors to the saints. I need a miracle blessing please keep me in your prayer. Thank Jamie.
I’M ENCOURAGED AND BLESSED THIS MORNING BY SAYING THIS PRAYER. I KNOW GOD WILL DO HIS WILL IN MY LIFE BY RESTORING WHAT I HAVE LOST AND WHAT THE DEVOURER HAS STOLEN FROM ME.
HELLO JAMIE I ASK GOD TO USE YOU TO PRAY IN AGREEMENT WITH ME FOR FINANCIAL BREAKTHROUGH AND MY BUSINESS PLANS I KNOW GOD HAD TO DO INTERNAL WORK ON ME IN ME THROUGH ME AND AROUND ME I TRUST THAT HE WILL COME THROUGH FOR ME IN HIS TIMING AND YES I DEFINITELY NEED DECISIONS TO BE TURNED IN MY FAVOR I HAVE BEEN ON MEDICAL LEAVE SINCE MARCH AND THESE PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING ME I KNOW GOD WILL REVEAL HIMSELF AS MY DEFENDER IN JESUS NAME🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
This is beautiful and reassuring. Thank you lots
Thanks for reading! I pray Papa would reward you abundantly and bring you everything He has for you that you have been waiting for, in Jesus’ name! If it’s important to you, it’s important to God! 🙂
Thank you for your powerful prayer I have been saying it for only a few days and I have seen so many blessings. I will start my fasting along with this powerful prayer. God bless you and your family.
Gloria, thank you so much for letting me know. God is so good! He watches over His Word to perform it. It thrills me to hear you testify. Thank you for sharing.
Such a good word and insight Jamie for us to go back and pray over our labor and reward that has been stolen. I’ve had so many areas that fall into that category and this has renewed my hope that God WILL restore!
Yes. Amen. Thank you for reading, Karen. I think we live in lack so much because we don’t pray specifically like this, and I’m as guilty as anybody else. However, I’m trying to walk in more faith. It pleases the Father for us to know His heart so well–so intimately–that we can confidently insist He do the radical things for us that He has promised. I believe it warms His heart for us to gaze into His eyes, wink, smile knowingly, and say, “I know You want to, Daddy.”
Help me, Jesus. I’m preachin’ to the choir.
Truly this was one of the most blessed and uplifting time i have spent in many months. Thank you for each of your writings, your thoughts, your prayers.
I have been blessed and i feel a release in my tired spirit. i was going through months of uncertainity and pleading with God for help and your prayers came as an answer and i know God hears me through your prayers and the favour of God will manifest. Thank you. May God Bless you Richly and Enlarge your borders and give you peace on all sides and multiply riches and cause His face to shine upon you.
Thank you for the prayer and word of encouragement. The prayer and message are great reminders of he goodness of our God.
Wow I needed this badly I have prayed for things in my life but it God really forgot about me,am glad for this write up,I just prayed and I believe God will surely remember me
I give thanks to God for you. The contents were spiritually inspired. Bread castedupon the waters, many will find it after many days and would be satisfied. Thanks, “Keep on Keeping on”.
Having been STUCK in an 8 year battle to keep my marriage from being dissolved after 45 years of being together, these prayers have been a wonderful guidepost to follow. I am believing that we will become “unstuck” and the promises God has made to us via prophetic ministry will finally manifest. Thank you Jamie for taking the time to lay these out and explain everything. Please may I also ask that you add my husband and I and our children to your prayers as we need all the support we can get. Thank you Jamie for blessing us in so many ways.
I have searched and searched. Thank you. I have been so discouraged because I work 50-60 hours and I truly felt like Satan was blocking my Blessings. I see other people in sales with me making lots of money and I have been stuck. I know the potential I have and I am still living paycheck to paycheck while others were living a life of financial freedom of their labor. I have prayed this prayer and I have rebuked and bound the spirit over my fiances in the name of Jesus Christ.
Thank you so much! I was enlightened…i trust God and i know he will open the doors for me, opportunities, my dreams, my destiny..in the right time, with the right people.
To God be the Glory!
Thank you vey much . this seaks to me and feel encouraged. God is will certainly fulfil His promises in my life in this season.
Thank you for sharing this. It speaks to my spirit and what is happening in my life right now!
Thank you Lord for speaking to me through Jamie. This is exactly the situation I’m going through right now. I have forgiven my offenders and pray to God to give me double for my loss. I shall no longer work for another to reap in Jesus mighty name I pray Amen.
Thank you so much Jamie and God bless you.
We believe an receive,In Jesus name.
I really thank God for this wisdom, revelation n divine direction I pray for more grace n blessings of God upon your life Amen
My heart belongs to God; Our Abba Father!
Just prayed it, I receive it now in Jesus name. Reward me dear Lord. Thanks
This prayer and message was for me. Thank you Lord!! I also pray this for my family and. I believe God has answered.
Thank you Jamie for this message and prayer.
I just prayed this prayer and believe it be manifested in Jesus name!!!!!
Thank you for this Word from the Lord Jamie! It was right on time! Blessings to you sis!
Hello and good morning Jamie thank you so very much for another amazing blog post I am incouraged I am inspired I cannot recall one post that you have put out that has not encouraged or inspired me and I thank you for that Jamie you are mighty in the land I appreciate you.
Thanks for your prayers and your program