Seek and pray. Pray and seek. Which comes first? I truly believe that God cares about our businesses, so how do we get Him involved? Logically I know it is important to pray about my business. I have prayed for my business, for my clients, and for my team.
I talk to small business owners daily and they say they have prayed constantly about their business or a situation. Some feel God’s presence and answers to prayers, others don’t at all.
This caused me to think. Here was some of the thoughts that went through my head:
God wants me to pray for my business.
If I randomly pray for something, will He feel like I am doing my part?
What is the difference between seeking God, His wisdom, and direction versus praying for it?
Is there a difference?
As I ponder this, I feel the fog surrounding the idea dissipate. Here are my thoughts, although my terminology isn’t necessarily theological. It is just how I think about it.
My definition of seeking is:
Looking to God, through His Word, sermons, books, other people, and even prayer, to know Him better. Through knowing Him better it is more clear how to align with His will.
My definition of prayer is a subset of seeking:
I may seek God through prayer, but other times I am praying for other purposes aside from knowing Him better. I may pray to intercede for others, for a specific event/situation, for my business directly, and a multitude of other reasons.
Based on these definitions, I feel that many people may pray about their business without seeking God regularly. Prayer without seeking may feel unanswered; usually because things didn’t turn out how we had wished.
I believe that God wants us to be totally dependent on Him in everything, including our business. To be dependent on someone on purpose usually requires trust and faith that the other person can be depended on. How do we know if someone is trustworthy and dependable? I think we have to know them well.
To know God well is to seek Him.
There are 64 references to “seek God” in the bible. Here are a couple that I think lean toward seeking Him first before praying for things, situations, or people.
But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.
“But as for me, I would seek God, And I would place my cause before God;
And 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 seek Him.
Again, I do believe prayer is a form of seeking, but that prayer would look like praying to know Him better, praying to understand His Word, praying for His will. If we skip the seeking part and start praying for things like business growth first, I think maybe God doesn’t feel the dependence.
I will give my disclaimer here….I am not a theologian. I am not preaching. I am just a business person like you and I pray for my business all of the time. Trying to sort through when I feel like He is with me in my business, compared to waiting on me, instigated this thought process. Also wondering why others who I know truly pray, don’t feel God.
I would love to know your thoughts too. Do you have your own theories? When do you feel God in your life and business?