I love to go back through journals and see things I prayed for in the past and reflect upon how God has responded. I write these prayers down and then I have this habit of weekly looking back and putting a symbol regarding the status. If things are going well, I might put a plus sign or a smiley face. No change earns an = sign. And you know when things are actually moving in the wrong direction, poor God usually gets another journal entry on the topic.
I think prayer is just as important in our business as any other part of our life. As a matter of fact, in my ebook and work book, The Christian Business Edge, I recommend that small business owners develop a Top 10 Business Prayer Request list (see bottom of post).
This is a list of prayer requests that you, your team, and even outside supporters can be praying for.
What To Include In Your Prayer List
It is human nature to pray for an immediate need or problem. I am suggesting here that you develop a list of prayers that will lead you in the direction of God’s vision for your business. It can include things like:
- breaking into a new niche or industry with your business.
- building a culture in your organization that reflects your values.
- praying for certain milestones or business goals to be achieved for the year.
- finding talent that is required for your business to do excellent work.
- praying that you can be a Godly leader for your team and customers.
- peace in times of stress or economic adversity.
- work that will make a difference in God’s Kingdom.
- that the Lord will be with you in your business and that the Holy Spirit will guide you.
- and yes, we can also pray for resolution to problems!
Thanking God In Advance
I learned a valuable lesson from a 6 year old once who prayed thanks to God in advance for selling their home. It was the innocence and trust of a child that helped me realize that God answers our prayers and we can thank Him in advance because there is nothing too big for our God.
A sincere thanks, though, means we are okay with the outcome whether it matches our exact request or not. I constantly remind myself that I need to pray for His Will and also remind myself that His will is the best thing even if it isn’t what I want.
Timing Is Always Perfect If We Have a God Perspective
If you are an adult with your own business then you already know that our timing and God’s timing do not always line up. But our job is to be faithful with our prayers. We need to keep our list in front of us and pray consistently. If God is silent, then we have to trust His timing includes what is best for us.
I started praying for my business to grow when I first started it. However, it wasn’t for about four years, when my kids were out and about with their own activities that God started sending an abundance of people. Before then He knew I would probably get out of balance again. I started my own business so I could spend more time with my kids.
When they started driving, my business just started growing. It wasn’t really anything I was doing substantially different; it was just the right timing.
Include Other Prayer Warriors
Asking others to pray with you and for your business is a very reasonable request that most fellow Christians are very open to. I know we don’t like to burden others, but asking others to pray is not a burden. It is something they can do that will have a significant impact on you and your business and it honors God at the same time.
A Little Help From Crossroads
Here is a simple Top 10 Business Prayer Requests worksheet for you to get started with. Simply click the link below to download. Also, please feel free to list one or two of your prayer requests in the comments and we would be honored to pray on your behalf.
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