Is Prayer Part of my Job Description?
Imagine if you got this feedback for something that you did at work:
“… you accomplished a lot, that was powerfully effective and helped a great deal.”
or something like this:
“…You can do a lot while working, great things happen. You produced wonderful results.”
Wouldn’t that sound good in a job review or from a client? I think we could all agree we would like to see those results. All of these statements are from James 5:16 and they describe the results of prayer. Check out a full list here.
The NIV says it this way:
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16 NIV
If prayer produces this kind of result, does it not belong on my job description? Prayer gives us the greatest advantage in our work. God showed me that prayer was an essential part of my daily responsibilities and vital to the health and success of running a supernatural business. I felt a strong sense that God was inviting me into something new and that He was going to use prayer as a key to unlock big things for my company.
Covering in Prayer
As I started praying for people, clients and proposals at work, God showed me more of his plans. I felt a clear direction from the Lord that He would not give me more than I could cover in prayer. As a result, I started to schedule time in my day for prayer. I built lists of vendors, employees, contracts and more that needed to be covered in prayer. I prayed for people’s families, marriages and children. I prayed for healing where I knew it was needed. As my business grew I dedicated more time in prayer. I found that the more I prayed for the needs of others, God was faithful to meet my own needs.
Wisdom to Lead
One of my favorite conversations with God is recorded in 1 Kings. It is a prayer of Solomon’s. It has become the prayer I pray for myself and anyone who supervises or manages in my company. This is the conversation:
“…the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you…
[Solomon’s response] So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
1 Kings 3:5+9
God gives Solomon the gift of wisdom. The gift of wisdom is something that I cherish and I am so thankful for. Wisdom has enabled me to make fewer mistakes and treat people well. I receive wisdom as I pray and I don’t take that for granted. Would your work benefit from a routine of prayer? Is it time to add it to your job description?