Updated: Aug 17, 2021
I've noticed that much of the focus about praying for men often focus on helping me be a better husband and father.
There's a lot of praying for us as a protector and provider at home, but we can go a step further for the men leading God-First businesses.
We all know a father, brother, son, cousin, friend, client, vendor, pastor, and other men that are kingdom-building in the marketplace right now.
Praying for the ‘businessmen’ in our lives can be such an enriching experience. This way, we are taking a positive step towards their spiritual well-being, which is tied to their feeling of success and accomplishment.
We can all stand in prayer for marketplace ministers, telling God that these men matter to us, they have a purpose, and we want the best for their businesses. Praying for these men can rain down God’s mercy and grace over their entrepreneurial journey.
WHY ENTREPRENEURIAL MEN?
Businessmen face many problems. We are burdened by societal expectations and pressures to provide.
From little boys, men have been taught many unhealthy things about what it means to be a ‘man’ and how they should live their lives.
No matter what trauma or bad parenting, men who are not experiencing life in the truth of what God says about them will have struggling businesses and often fail as entrepreneurs under the burden of conformity.
Personally speaking, the expectations that fuel shame for me are rooted in childhood trauma and fed based on society's perception of a successful man of business – what should an accomplished man be, look like and act like.
HOW TO PRAY FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL MEN
From my research and personal experience, I decided to focus this post on seven areas of prayer for men because I believe they are integral to a man’s business life. However, there are many more areas. If you feel led, please leave comments to pray for as many areas and in as many ways as you are led to.
Let's pray for:
Before beginning to read these prayers, make a list of men in your life that own businesses. Think about men at church or in close circles. If it’s your husband, father, or brother, for example, then just focus on him.
1) PRAYER FOR PURPOSE
God, your word says that many are the purposes of a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s will that stands. Lord, we pray that your entrepreneurial sons will put you first in their businesses and be attuned to your will. May they understand that their true worth, completeness, and the purpose of their business life can only be found in you.
Father God, reveal your plans along their entrepreneurial journey and enable them to find meaning in all the products and services you set out for them to bring to the marketplace. May they no longer wander the business world without focus or meaning but look to you, the author and finisher of their faith. Amen
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who over God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
2) PRAYER FOR DIRECTION
Father God, I thank you for giving us your Word, which is a light to our path and a lamp to our feet. Lord, may your entrepreneurial sons experience your divine guidance and direction in their businesses. Lord, lead him to launch products and services that serve others and bring you glory. Guide his thoughts and actions at the office and let him hear you when you say to him, ‘this is the way; walk in it”.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. in all your ways, acknowledge him and he will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5
3) PRAYER FOR HUMILITY
Father, thank you so much for your entrepreneurial sons whom you created in your image and likeness. Lord Jesus, I pray that you teach them to be like you. To take on the mantle of service to their employees, vendors, and clients as unto the Lord.
May they do nothing in business out of selfish ambition or need to impress others but focus on pleasing you and doing your will. Lord help them to run businesses out of humility every day. Teach them to continually deny the pride, greed, lust, and materialism of the flesh and to take on your spirit of patience, contentment, gentleness, and passionate love for others. Amen
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2 NIV
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6 NIV
4) PRAYER FOR WISDOM
Lord, you are the source of all knowledge and wisdom. You created the world out of nothing and made man out of clay. Father, your Word says that we should ask for wisdom, and you will give to us without reproach.
Oh, Jesus, I pray that you pour out your wisdom and grace on your entrepreneurial sons. Build them up in the power and knowledge of your Word. Give them the gift of discernment in their businesses, that they may be able to understand the times and seasons. Help them to remain responsive to your truth and your voice in the marketplace and set them on the path to true fulfillment in you.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NKJV
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV
5) PRAYER FOR STRENGTH
Lord God, thank you for your care and protection. You are our fortress and strength and the lifter of our heads. Father, we pray for your power and strength over your entrepreneurial sons. God, we know many of them are burdened by the pressures and demands of the business world upon them. They are struggling to do so much but can’t seem to catch a break!
Lord, I pray that they cast their business burdens and cares on you. You are the one whose burden is light and yolk is easy. Oh Jesus, may they choose to live life on your terms. May they choose to hide their businesses under your shadow and lean into your strength, knowing that true strength comes from you. Like King David, may they be overcome by your power and strength within them. Amen
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah” Psalms 46:1-3 (NKJV)
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
6) PETITION FOR PROVISION
Lord, you are the source of life and all good things. You are the generous and benevolent One who gives to all who ask.
Lord, today I pray for the entrepreneurial men in my life. I pray that you meet them at the point of their needs. Father God, your word reminds us that you already know what we need even before we ask. Father, I may not know what they need in their business, but you do. Lord, provide bountifully for them, and more than anything, may they ascribe all glory and honor to your Holy Name across marketplaces globally. Amen
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
“For the lord shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19(NKJV)
7) PRAYER FOR LOVE
Father, you are love!
You are the epitome of all that is loving and good. You showed your love by sending your son, Jesus of Nazareth, to die for us. Lord, may your entrepreneurial sons forever experience this love. And may they never doubt how much you love them, how proud you are of them, and how much more love you want to show them through their businesses.
More so, Father, I pray that your marketplace ministering sons become love. May they take on this image and likeness of their maker in interacting with their employees, vendors, contractors, clients, prospects, and even competitors! May they give your brand of love into their products and services without holding back – generously and unconditionally. May these kingdom-building men learn to love their wives as you love the church, to love their children, their friends, and especially their enemies.
Let your love grow more abundant in their personal and business life, and help them shine the light of your love wherever they go along their entrepreneurial journey. Amen
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON PRAYING FOR THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MEN IN YOUR LIFE
I have faith that the above scripture verses and prayers will encourage you to pray for the businessmen in your life.
Remember: these are suggested prayers. In the comments below, please add and amend as necessary.