Pray First

Jan 12, 2012, Written by Sue Miley

I visited a church in Birmingham, Al. on Sunday and the theme of the sermon was on prayer.  The key to the sermon was that we should Pray First….they even gave out Pray First bracelets to everyone who attended church.  (This was pretty impressive since it was probably 5000 people!)

The Pastor provided his formula for prayer.

It was funny to me because I read something the other day that was the absolute opposite of this prayer plan.  This prayer plan had a plan.  The article I read indicated having a “prayer time” was not spontaneous or relational.  The pastor on Sunday explained that having a prayer time was prioritizing prayer and our time with God, and therefore, absolutely relational.

This got me thinking about how many different topics we receive varying opinions on every day.

Some people say goals are essential for sustained success….recently there has been a wave from all of the Zen sites that having goals is bad.  Seriously.

Some business experts say that relationship selling is the best possible sales technique.  I am currently reading a book called The Challenger Sale that has research that says the relationship style of selling produces the least star sales performers than any of their other 4 sales types.

We have self proclaimed experts making a living on a 4 Hour Work Week; and a slew of experts saying that long-term success always comes through hard work.

I imagined it is pretty confusing for people when they google a topic and find two articles on a topic both with completely opposite perspectives.


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Sue Miley

Sue Miley MBA, MA, LPC helps small business owners build successful businesses on a foundation of Christian values. After 20 years in business, and 10 years as a Christian counselor, Sue uses a combination of faith, business and psychology to help clients in business and in life.

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