Prayers for Business: Thank You for the Opportunity to Produce Wealth

God Provides the Ability to Produce Wealth

God Provides the Ability to Produce Wealth

“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealthy for me.’ But remember that Lord Your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…” Deuteronomy 8:17-18

Prayer: “Lord, Thank you for the opportunity to produce wealth. Thank you for customizing my hands, including my skills and my resume of experience. May they be what are needed for my next position. Thank you for fashioning me for my future purposes. You already know what my future business card will contain. You are holy and good. You are trustworthy and I choose to trust you. I say Thank you. Bless your name.”

Even if we lose our job, consider that God has fired that company as our boss. They will be shaped by the decisions, as much as we are. Either way, God can bless us, teach us, and use us to go where he directs us. If they were wrong they had their chance to grow and be stretched. If they were in obedience with God’s plan, then let us pursue what God’s next opportunity is for us to grow and learn. Choose to trust God, and not panic, along the way. God has multiple ways of meeting our needs in between jobs. If possible, praise God in the midst of confusing circumstances. It is an action choice to trust that God is active in our circumstances. As Deuteronomy say, “Remember that it is the Lord Our God who gives us the ability to produce wealth” Ask Him for the ability to produce wealth. Praise Him for our current jobs, and our current circumstances. Believe that He is going before us creating the perfect place to work. “Thank you Lord.”


For the Thousandth and One Time, Go Fish – Part 2

Simon's Team Caught Such a Large Number of Fish that their Nets Began to Break

Simon’s Team Caught Such a Large Number of Fish that their Nets Began to Break

These professional fishermen were coping with the logistical problems that come with abundance.  Their nets were breaking.  They were calling for backup help.  The employees were running on exhaustion and adrenalin.  Meanwhile, the boats were filling up.  Then the boats were so full they were starting to sink.  It wasn’t clear they could even make it back to shore.

Simon’s mind was reeling.  He put two and two together and realized he was experiencing a miracle.  He’s already seen several.  This time, this wonder, met Simon in his business. In the face of extreme abundance in his business world, he fell down on his knees, suddenly aware of his unworthiness.

Job had the same experience.  In the face of God’s wonders in nature, Job realized his unworthiness to question or challenge what God was doing to his resources, his family and even his body. What is it, that in the face of God’s wondrous acts, we wake up to our smallness, our unworthiness, and our inadequacies?

Using Simon’s honesty, we too want to tell Jesus to go away.  It was at this moment of human awareness of sin before Jesus that Jesus called Simon into action, and gave Simon his destiny for life.  Sometimes, it is when we feel the least worthy that Jesus calls us into action and gives us our destiny for life.  Often, it is at the lowest point on the performance scale of earning our way to earthly glory that Jesus calls us, and reveals to us our destined plan for life.

God used Simon’s knowledge of fishing to call him into fishing for men. Simon didn’t have to go on a journey to discover his destiny along the way.  Jesus asked Simon to do something he did every day.  Yet it was the thousandth and one time that a wonder unfolded.  It was doing what he already knew how to do every day, at Jesus’ special request, that destiny got defined.

 

“Lord, let me see your wonders, because they transform me.  I want to hear your call and fulfill the destiny that you have planned for me from the beginning of time.”

See the Part 1 of For the Thousandth and One Time, Go Fish

 


For the Thousandth and One Time, Go Fish – Part 1

Jesus Taught the People from Simon's Boat

Jesus Taught the People from Simon’s Boat

Jesus had a day job. He was a carpenter.  His dad was a carpenter.  He grew up building things with wood.  His father Joseph was a Master Carpenter.  Together, they earned a good living.

Jesus began to teach in the synagogues around the lake of Galilee.  His reputation as a healer and teacher were beginning to spread.  He was the people’s teacher. He explained things in terms the everyday man could understand with examples that made sense. People flocked to hear him teach.  “News about him spread throughout the surrounding area.”  Luke 4:16.  Next he went to Simon’s house and healed his mother-in-law.  His miracles touched a member of Simon’s family specifically.  Many others were healed in Simon’s home.

One day soon after, the people were crowding Jesus as the lake’s shoreline.  Jesus saw Simon’s fishing boat and asked if he could use it to continue teaching to the masses.  Apparently, there was no problem hearing Jesus from a distance.

After the teaching ended, Jesus told Simon to put out the nets again. Jesus, a professional carpenter, was telling Simon, a professional fisherman, how to run his business.  It might have been clear to Simon that Jesus knew nothing about fishing, since it wasn’t the right time of day to be fishing.  His men had already put in a full day’s work, and would be on overtime.  Simon pointed out the futility of the day’s catch.  Overcoming all business wisdom, Simon went along with the request.  “Okay, because you, Jesus, are asking, we’ll do it.”

Jesus asked Simon to do something Simon knew well how to do.  Simon had done the same thing a thousand times.  Jesus wasn’t asking Simon to do something new.  It was the same old routine a second time in one day.  It didn’t make any sense, but hey, “Whatever…”  Maybe Jesus wanted to see how it was done.  Okay.  Let’s humor the prophet.

They put down their nets and “caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.”  Luke 5:6.  They signaled for help from their partner’s boat.  “Both boats were so full that they began to sink.”  Luke 5:6.

Prayer “Jesus, come and show me your wonders in my business world.”

See “For the Thousandth and One Time, Go Fish – Part 2


Does the Tithe Principle Work for Everyone? Part 1

God Continues His Part of the Tithe Commitment into the 21st Century

God Continues His Part of the Tithe Commitment into the 21st Century

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”  Malachi 3:10

Last Tuesday in the Healing Rooms, we had a woman who told us her journey to coming to believe in God was through the principle of tithing.  She had somehow been exposed to this principle in another country at a Catholic elementary school.  All the while, she believed in her family’s Hindu religion.  Yet somehow, she always remembered that promise from God that if someone tithed, He would open up the windows of heaven.

So she shared that the first time her father gave her $200 of her own, she gave 10% or $20.00 to a charity.  The remaining $180 grew to $400 and she tithed again.  The $360 stretched to meet a pressing need that would normally have cost a lot more.

She also found that her prayers to God got answered, as she tithed.  One day her growing family needed a new home and started to look for a house to rent.  They found the perfect place, but they also learned that 31 other applicants also thought it was good for them.  Because it was so late in the day, her husband decided to drive it over to the landlord since it was so late in the day.  The application specifically said to fax the applications in.  Nonetheless he drove it over to her home.  She opened the door and said she was so grateful to meet the family and commented that it was the first application she had received.  To their surprised faces, she shared that her fax machine was not working that day.  They ended up getting the house.  Her husband chalked it up to luck.  She knew it was God answering her prayers.

Continued in Part 2

 


Praying for Leaders Impacts Us, Their Followers

Let us Pray for President Obama

Let us Pray for President Obama

The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders.  “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”  1 Timothy 2:1-3.

Paul includes kings and all who are in authority.  Beyond a good idea and a strong Biblical encouragement, praying for leaders benefits us.  Leaders and their decisions impact their followers.  This truth plays out on the followers’ lives.

Consider the contrary.  Pharaoh was defiant to Moses’s request to “Let my people go.”  Pharaoh said “No” to Moses and to God.  First Pharaoh’s refusal brought several plagues to the land with severe physical and economical impact to the people.  Eventually, it brought death to every family in Egypt.

In another example of disobedience, King David’s disobedience to following God’s rules for transporting the Ark of the Covenant, brought instant death to a faithful lieutenant who simply reached out to balance the Ark.  See 2 Samuel 6:6-8. Not just an “Oops,” Uzzah’s family didn’t have a husband or father any longer.  At first glance, it seems severe.  But this pattern continues down history with leaders’ decisions having impact on follower’s lives, which extends to the lives of their families.

Who knows what interceding prayer might have done to impact rulers throughout history?  A friend of mine claims that it was faithful grandmothers at home in their prayer closets that opened the door for victory in WW2.

Culturally, we give and receive honor so easily at a personal level.  We understand that we are to be judged individually for our actions. Yet, we live in community.  We are called to pray for the leaders of our companies, our churches, our cities, our states and our nation.  I hear a lot of opining.  I hear a lot of complaints.  Much less frequently, I hear heart felt prayer for our leaders—regardless of their positions.

Maybe this is our season to expand our prayers from “Help me, (Give me…) and everyone I love,” to “Help them, (Give them…) O Sovereign Lord.”


With God, There is a THERE There

The blessings God has for us are at the places He tells us to go.

The blessings God has for us are at the places He tells us to go.

Have you ever heard the common colloquialism, “There’s no there there”? This could be used in a business context with companies that promise that when the Income Statement has enough profit, we’ll give out bonuses at the end of the fiscal year.  After years of hearing this with no bonuses, employees might reach the conclusion that, “there’s no there there.”

With God, there is a THERE there.  As our faith increases, when God says to go somewhere, we know enough to know we need to go there. It could be for our protection.  It could be to position us in for some life lesson.  It could be to receive a blessing.  Obedience comes form believing that God has a good plan for our life and is telling us to do something for our good.

Like a football receiver who goes out for a pass, he is going to the place he needs to catch the ball ahead of when the ball arrives.  He is moving toward the position to meet the ball.  When he arrives at the appointed place, he will see it.  Amazing passes are when he doesn’t even look back or up at the ball and all of a sudden, as he is running, it comes into view as he reaches for it on the way to the end zone.

One benefit to going where God tells us to go, ahead of time, is that when we get “there,” that is where our blessings will be.  If we’ve been told to go somewhere and we stay, the blessings are not to be found where we stayed.  The blessings are where He told us to go.  If God has identified a “there,” that is where we need to be positioned to be fulfilling in His plan and to receive all that He has prepared for us in advance.  If God has spoken to us to go, there is a There there.

Lord, when I hear your voice telling me to go somewhere, give me the courage to go where you have spoken.

 


God’s Promise to Teach us to Profit

Keep on Pedaling, Thanking God for Challenge and for the Good He is Working Out in us

Keep on Pedaling, Thanking God for Challenge and for the Good He is Working Out in us

The Bible has a lot to say about how God helps people with supernatural wisdom.  Consider Isaiah 48:17-18:

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 by the way you should go.
18 Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!
Then your peace would have been like a river,
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Like most promises in the Bible, they come with a condition. This passage in Isaiah talks about the Lord our God who teaches us to profit and leads us in the way we should go.  Many of us long for direction in which way to go and how to follow the Lord in the business world.  He teaches his children how to profit.

The next verse points to the directive that we need to heed God’s commandments.  We need to be walking with the societal structural system that God outlines in his laws. This includes things like not lying (Exodus 20:16,) not cheating people out of fair measuring yardsticks (Proverbs 20:2,3) being generous as a lifestyle (Luke 6;38 and Proverbs 11:25,) and caring about the poor around us (Proverbs 28:27.)  He even has advice on staying true to one spouse (Exodus 20:17). All these things are specifically mentioned in scripture.  These are His commandments.  These are a few of the start points of heeding God’s commandments.  Living a lifestyle of pleasing God brings about God’s promises of wisdom and ways we should go and teaching us how to prosper in business.

Lord, help us to your commandments, teach us to profit and lead us in the way we should go.

 

 


Prayers for the Parched: Favor at Work

Lord, Give Favor to Your Children in the Workplace

Lord, Give Favor to Your Children in the Workplace

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

 

Observe what the LORD your God requires:  Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go.  1 Kings 2:3

 

I wrote this for my brother who was going through some political battles in his work place at the time.  Even in praying it, I had confidence that God was answering this for him.  God is honored when we tand up for his principles in the work place.  I firmy believe that many companies are blessed simply because they hae praying Christians there whom God is blessing.  Instead of mere coincidence, let us put on our charge to pray for one another in our work environments.

 

God,

Give my brother lots of favor

No matter what he says, or what he does, may people look upon him with favor and wisdom and want to be around him and do business with him

May you bring him success in all his efforts

Please make good on any of his mistakes or failures as you promise to do for those that love you

Put him on the specific planes you want him on, sitting in the seat you have for hi for every flight

May there be room for his legs

Keep his back from hurting because of these flights

Keep his health strong throughout his travels

Bless every conversation he has on these flights, and may these conversations bring you glory

I pray he would remember to pray in his spare and waiting moments so his relationship with you would continue to grow

Give him good books to read

Keep his mind pure in thought

Put him in every meeting he needs to be in

Bring people to these meetings for your purposes whether to see my brother in action, or to have a future business contact, or to plant a seed for the kingdom

 

Give him your supernatural peace about his career

May he know that you are training him with the exact set of business skills he needs for your future plans for his life

May the opportunities you have for him become available to him in your perfect timing

 

 


Prayers for the Parched: Seeking the Real “I AM”

God's Love is Everlasting

God’s Love is Everlasting

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.  This is what you are to say to the Israelites:  ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”  Exodus 3:13

So I will establish my covenant with you, and you will know that I am the Lord.”  Ezekiel 16:6

The Lord appeared to us saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3

Lord,

I want to see you as you are

And not through the prism of my misconceptions

 

Show me my flawed perceptions of you

So I can eliminate the facade, false views

And bring into focus the truths

Of who you really are

I choose to love the pure “I  AM”

Stripped of the human facsimile of your core

You alone are worthy of praise

You alone are the love we humans seek

Let our link be direct

Unkink the pipelines of love

 

And Father

One more step is needed

After you teach me how to see you

Show me how you see me

Let me learn what it means to be truly loved

With your everlasting love

May this become my core identity

 

 

 


Be the Light Series: Part 3 Growing and Learning to Maturity

Growing and Learning are the Path to Maturity

Growing and Learning are the Path to Maturity

The journey of being a Christian involves constant growth and learning. We should not be surprised when we find ourselves in increasingly challenging circumstances.  These conditions could be on the family front, our church front, our ministry front or in friendships. It may well be in our work environs.  As we grow and learn, we are maturing into stable Christian people where little moves us.  We become rock solid.  We graduate to more and more difficult situations.  These are our platforms from which to grow.  At first it might feel like something is wrong.  But what if we have graduated to a new level to learn new things?  Once we conquer this new level, it gets peaceful for awhile, and then the lesson plan takes on a new level.  This is the normal course of maturity.

If the Holy Spirit is shed abroad in our hearts and spills out wherever we go, then technically speaking, the light of Jesus coming from us spiritually, charges the atmosphere wherever we go.  We may feel it’s a dark atmosphere, but the Holy Spirit in us changes the atmosphere of that place when we arrive.  Sometimes people will even say that “everything changed when you walked into the room.” We bring the light into the work place.  And we don’t even have to say anything.  Some people carry fear with them and it can be felt when they enter the room.  We carry the love of God and we don’t have a say a word to be part of the electric charge that shifts when God (in us) enters an office, a warehouse, a conference room or a lunch room.

Instead of focusing on reporting the conditions as we enter the room, we can ask God what He wants us to be in that environment for His purposes.  Hang onto your exit plan; it may not be time to leave yet.  Keep asking the question, “What’s your purpose for me while I am employed by this company?  Please come and show me your assignments for me in this place.”  God is a really good teacher.  All of life has purpose. God uses all things—our good choices and our bad choices—for good. Be the light where you work.

See also: Be the Light Series: Part 1  Growing and Learning to Maturity

See also:  Be the Light Series: Part 2  Growing and Learning to Maturity