In this post I’d like to discuss the importance of praying for your business as a regular part of your business strategy. This is the first post in a series all about tips for operating your business from a Christian perspective.
As I’ve talked about in my post on going to work for God, it’s so important to put God first in our work; and in the case of a Christian-owned businesses, in our business decisions.
The Most Important Meeting of the Day
Business owners, even Christian ones, are no strangers to meetings. There always seems to be some important upcoming meeting. And for a good reason too! Meetings are important to keep the flow of communication going between team members and clients. They are a big part of owning a business, especially if you have employees or clients you work with.
But did you know that there’s a very important regular meeting we should be having in regards to our business? Probably the most important meeting you can pen into your calendar is a prayer meeting with God. Coming to God regularly is vital to running a successful Christian business that put’s God first.
Why is Meeting With God Important in Business?
As a Christian, you come to God in prayer about most things in life. If not, now’s a good time to start. But why should our businesses be apart of those prayers? As Christians, we should be living Biblically, and in turn we should be handing over every area of our lives to God’s will. Doing so is not a burden. But rather it lifts the burden from us and places it on someone who is far more capable than we are: God.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”- Matthew 11:28-30
Praying for your business re-focuses your priorities back to God. It also lays all the stresses that business entails on God, rather than keeping them upon yourself. I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to allow GOD to choose the clients I work with. By listening to Him and the convictions He places on me, I am able to relieve so much stress when it comes to these tough decisions.
God knows best, and I find that the more I hand over to Him, the more successful my business becomes. Whenever I allow Him to lead me in my business decisions I am ALWAYS more successful in whatever I’m doing at the moment. But when I try to do it of my own power I always find myself overly stressed and constantly hitting brick walls.
What Does Praying for Your Business Look Like?
You might be asking yourself how to pray for your business. What exactly should you be praying about in these meetings with God? It’s different for every business because every Christian business is different. However, it would be wise to pray about things like the following:
- God to lead you to the right employees and clients.
- The welfare and businesses of your current employees and clients.
- Wisdom in all your business decisions.
- Discernment when facing a questionable business choice.
- Wisdom in your financial decisions.
- Protection from clients, projects, and situations that could harm your business.
- For God to show you how to witness His Glory in everything you do for your business.
- For God to keep stumbling blocks from being placed in your way.
- The energy and time management skills to be able to operate your business effectively.
- For God to show you how He wants so use your business for His Kingdom.
There are so many more! The more you are praying for your business, the more God will lead you into what to pray for. It’s just like exercising any other muscle. The wonderful thing is that God is full of grace. So you don’t need a perfectly worded prayer because God knows our every desire before we even pray it.
“Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” – Matthew 6:8
But let’s not forget that God WANTS us to pray, even if He already knows what we need. But we also need to pray with the right intentions. Not selfish intentions, but rather with humble intentions to glorify God in all we do:
“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” – James 4:2-3
Praying for Your Business Today
So I hope these tips will help you to pray more for your Christian business so that you can begin to put God first in your business decisions. It’s not always easy because our flesh so wants the credit and the control over everything. But, by overcoming those desires you will find peace, contentment, and success in your business.