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Mar
23

40 Days to a Better Business: Day 25 – The Importance of Prayer

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40 Days to a Better Business

For the last several weeks we’ve been working on specific parts of our businesses, trying to strengthen each section individually. However, as we end this week, I think it’s important that we talk just a bit about how to strength our businesses (and our lives) as a whole: prayer.

Prayer is such an integral part of all that we do that it is often overlooked. However, without prayer our businesses will not thrive the way that we desire for them to.

I recently read Mark Batterson’s book, The Circle Maker, and in it he gives some ideas on how we can learn to pray bolder prayers.

Pray Big

In his book, Batterson argues that we oftentimes tend to pray small prayers out of fear or guilt. We either think God can’t or won’t come through for us, or we feel guilty for asking anything of Him at all. Batterson explains that we serve a MIGHTY God who loves to be called on to do mighty things in our lives. He says that we need to set BIG goals in the areas where we see God working in our lives. And then we need to pray BIG prayers humbly asking God to help us in those things that seem impossible.

Pray Specifically

Praying generalized prayers is another way that many of us attempt to seek the will of God. We are afraid to ask anything specific of Him because we don’t want to look foolish or be disappointed. Batterson gives examples from the Bible of people who prayed very specific prayers and were answered in very specific ways by God. Batterson argues that if we want to see specific answers, we MUST choose to pray specifically, trusting God and thanking Him before He even answers.

Keep Praying

But, what do we do when we don’t see God answering? The title of Batterson’s book is actually the answer to that question. (You’ll have to read the book to find out exactly how the title is the answer) He tells the story of a rabbi who begins to pray for rain and vows not to quit asking God until he sees the first raindrops. It takes some time, but the rabbi continues on until he does indeed see God answer his prayer.

Batterson challenges us not to give up. To keep praying and asking until we receive an answer. We know that God does not always answer yes, but He does always answer.

What are you struggling with in your business? Take those things to God using the above prayer methods – pray BIG prayers, asking specifically for you need and then keep praying until God answers.

Miss any posts from 40 Days To a Better Business? Read the entire series here.

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