I do not understand why it is so wrong to ask for prosperity as long as your work is honest. A farmer works hard in the field and can pray for a good harvest.
It's easy to frown on these spells when there is plenty around you and you do not feel like your hard work and efforts keep getting tossed out the window or flushed down the toilet all the time.
Oftentimes high crime and poverty go hand-in-hand. The poor neighborhoods are usually the most dangerous to live in as well. Suicides, divorces, domestic violence, neglect, abandonment, and a host of other social ills happen due to lack of resources.
I'm not defending the greedy, the criminal, the short-sighted dollar chaser, the lazy, etc. I just hate it when I see honestly earned prosperity, or the spells and hopes for it, treated with contempt. I'm a Clark Howard fan, and I've heard him criticized for not dealing with "real problems" of the world which is crazy talk. He made a similar defense.
Sorry, I know this is a slightly old thread, but I just needed to vent that out.
It's like walking down an empty street, listening to your own footsteps. But all you have to do is knock on any door and say, "If you'll let me in, I'll live the way you want me to live. And I'll think the way you want me to think." And all the blinds will go up, and all the doors will open, and you'll never feel lonely. Ever again.
~Henry Drummond, "Inherit the Wind" (1960)