10 Ways To Pray For Business Success …
It’s not unusual or selfish to take your business before God. Most people may see entrepreneurship as a worldly thing – mainly for our own gain, but Entrepreneurship is both an incredible tool that God can use for His kingdom and also fertile ground for us to point people to our own kingdom.
Running a business will challenge you in ways you never considered or imagined. God being the first “creative” entrepreneur who created us and everything in the universe, knows a lot about creating something from nothing — he first shows us in Genesis how he brings something out of nothing. Who best to take your burden and business challenges to, than one who is in the business of speaking things into existence, and whose plans are to prosper and bless you, as recorded in the following Bible verses:
- Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. – Isaiah 48:17
- “In everything, he did he had great success because the LORD was with him.” – 1 Samuel 18
- “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4
- “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” – Proverbs 16:3
- “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ” – Isaiah 41:10
Through scripture, we know that God wants us to succeed in life, HE is in every detail, in everything that concerns you including your business. Because of that, praying for your business and your day-to-day activities at work should be at the top of your to-do list.
Where Do You Begin?
Find a scripture that speaks to you, that aligns to your prayer request. I strongly believe every business owner should have a go-to scripture. My go-to verse for my business is: Deuteronomy 8:18
“But remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability (power – KJV) to produce wealth, and so confirms (establish – KJV) His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors (fathers), as it is today.” (NIV).
This scripture (Deut. 8:1-18) is one of the best gifts I have ever gotten. A member of my church gave me this verse when I announced in the church of my plans of going to Nigeria to start my own business. He specifically asked me to focus on verse 18, which I did every single day I prayed, but I never really knew why or what that verse was saying to me.
I went into my first business with guns blazing, determined to win, ready to make a profit in no time. I thought I had all the tools, qualifications, resources etc., that I needed to succeed; I wasn’t prepared for the tough times ahead, and believe me, you can never be prepared for that.
When the tough times came, I tried all my “business school” taught tricks and tactics, and it didn’t quite work out as I expected. I felt defeated and discouraged, but I had one thing that kept me going — God and my Faith in Him.
Having spent a few months analyzing and over-analyzing that verse, I finally receive the message in this verse:
God has given me the ability (talent, skills, resources etc.) to produce wealth, in order to keep the covenant He made with Abraham. In other words: I already have what it takes to succeed in business.
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A Little Insight into the covenant God made with our ancestor Abraham
God promised to bless and prosper Abraham, his entire household, and the generation thereafter (Us), and God kept His promise with Abraham in his own time. How? Abraham (formally known as Abram) was a very good businessman – an entrepreneur. He was into sheep ranching, and this business was apparently quite profitable. We know from Genesis 13 that Abram was very wealthy in livestock, gold, and silver.
How was God in the detail?
The evidence of God’s hand or promises being fulfilled in the life of Abraham is in Genesis 13 when Abram and Lot separate, and Lot chooses to go to the fertile plain. Abram got a less attractive, less fertile area, but yet he continued to prosper, as did his faith and walk with the Lord; while Lot’s material and spiritual condition both deteriorated due to his choice.
We also know that in Genesis 14 – just by the time he had to rescue Lot, Abram had over 300 trained men, and by Genesis 21 – from verse 22: Abraham (as God had renamed him by this time) was making treaties with kings and generals.
Today LUCIE UDEME is sharing 10 prayer points for your business success.
THE 10 PRAYER TOPICS AND SCRIPTURES
1. Thank God for Your Business
Ephesians 5:20 (NIV) – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Thank God for the Ups and Downs
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) – In every thing give thanks: for this is will of God in Chris Jesus concerning you.
3. Thank God for the Strength to Run a Business
Philippians 4:13 (NIV) – I can do all things through Him (Christ) who gives me strength.
4. Pray against any wicked schemes devised against you & the business
Psalm 21:11 (NIV) – Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.
5. Pray against every word spoken against or hand lifted against your business
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
6. Pray that God may uproot the wrong people and place the right people
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV) – There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pour out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
7. The only voice that your company will listen to is the voice of God
Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself…
8. Pray that your business will begin to perform what it was created for
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
9. Pray that your hard work and dedication will pay off
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
10. Commit your project(s) to God
Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) – Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.