On a recent weekly prayer call with my staff, I was asked to pray for all of our Godpreneur Christian business leaders. I thought to myself, "man, Alex, you need to be praying moreover your own leadership and those of your followers."
I didn't beat myself up over it. Instead, I got to work and started creating a prayer for leading our businesses better.
The Bible gives examples of people who prayed for their leaders. The New Testament church and Old Testament prophets were specifically prayed for. In fact, the Bible also gives us specific commands to pray for our leaders.
First Timothy 2:1–4 says,
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."
All of us leaders can benefit from receiving prayer, praying for other leaders, and praying on our own, and asking God to help us lead our businesses better. When we pray, we can ask God to grant us wisdom, direction, and discernment (James 1:5). Praying for our ability to lead better brings glory to God. It helps us understand and be grateful for the sacrifices and the responsibility we bear in leading God-first businesses in a fallen world. Prayer also acknowledges that God is the ultimate authority in our businesses. When we pray for ourselves and other Kingdom-driven business leaders, we are asking God to equip the men and women He has placed in marketplace ministry to carry out His purposes. Pray the prayer below for yourself and other Christian business owners.
Amazing and gracious Father, I thank you for all the business leaders of Daily Godpreneur.
Lord, help us recognize that you are our provider and that you did not give us the gift of entrepreneurship to take us away from our relationship with you but to bring us CLOSER to you. Remind us that our businesses and the talents we bring to our marketplaces are simply YOUR gifts to us to deliver YOUR provision. Give us the faith to believe this and the ability to trust YOU. Allow all of us Godpreneurs to become a channel of your blessings.
Father, draw us kingdom-driven leaders closer to you and let us have a deeper, more personal walk with YOU. We want to hear your voice in all of our business plans and truly let you guide them as You promised. Also, Father, give us businesses that suit us to have resources to support our families, our employees, our churches, and those who depend on us. Lord God, we pray that you would help us understand Your eternal perspective regarding our vocational calling in this life and help us see the responsibility to steward our working lives well and use it for Your glory.
Father, help our God-first business leaders recognize that the calling to lead a business is just as sacred as the pastor’s role and missionaries. Make our business leaders become good soil for your Word and not become greedy as you continue to prosper them. May they support other leaders, Pastors, and missionaries whom you've called for full-time ministries so that the worries of this life and the lure of wealth and desire for things will not prevent them from following you. May you bless and prosper Godpreneurs that support your global ministry.
Lord, help us recognize that business is about meeting needs and serving others with humility, respect, and efficiency. Doing work as unto the Lord is worthy of virtuous profit.
Help us, Lord, to never use people to build our business, but rather help us get better and become wiser at using our businesses to BUILD PEOPLE, helping them grow into all you intend for them.
Father, we want Daily Godpreneur to change the world by bringing the Kingdom of God to the marketplace, so help our business leaders! We declare that all of them will run their businesses and lives so that you will say to them ... 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master.'
Almighty God, bless and prosper the business leaders who've been faithful to you, who've been faithful in supporting your people and your ministries. Multiply their ventures to continue to support and honor you, Father.
For this, we pray in the most precious name of Jesus Christ, Amen!