“For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
Samuel Budgett (1794-1851), owner of a successful wholesale grocery business, applied his Christian principles to his business. He demonstrated the verse Jesus quotes from Leviticus 19:18 in Mark 12:31, “Love your neighbor as yourself” by caring for his employees, and neighbors. He built schools and chapels that the common person could attend. But the significant event he instituted in his business was starting of the day with a short Christian service for his employees. He knew the importance of praying and seeking God first and wanted this to penetrate through his whole business. He could only be successful doing what God wanted him to do and the only way he would know this was through praying and listening to Him.
Henry Blackaby, author of “Experiencing God”, said this “prayer-less leaders are like ship captains without compasses; they can make their best guess at which direction to go, but they have no assurance they are heading the right way. Prayer keeps leaders focused on the one absolutely consistent factor in life – God.”
As a leader you need to spend time at the beginning of the day in prayer so that you are focused. Don’t stop there though, be like Samuel Budgett and pray with others regularly. Are there other people in your work place or infinity group that need to be encouraged to pray so that they can experience the good plans God has for them? Let me challenge you this week to both pray each morning, seeking God’s good plan for your day, but also to look for someone in your work place to pray with. If you are a business owner why not provide a short service for your employees?
Kingdom Building serves leaders, businesses and non-profits who want to advance and maximize their potential for the Kingdom of God. One of the five Kingdom keys that we help clients understand and implement into their work place is prayer. We all need to pray and we all need to have people praying on our behalf. Some of the questions we go through with our clients are: Do you have intercessors and prayer warriors that regularly pray for your specific breakthrough needs? Do they receive regular updates on prayer requests? Do you pray through your place of work regularly? Do you pray with others?
If you are interested in receiving more information for yourself and your work place on prayer strategies you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 778-269-3190.
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