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