It’s impossible to develop spiritually and not see the benefits in your business as well. Entrepreneurs know that committing to certain practices in business will yield success, but becoming spiritually fit should also be a priority for business. Incorporating prayer, meditation and scripture reading as daily habits will cause you to grow spiritually and develop the character needed for good business acumen.
Most can attest that prayer is the Master Key. Nowadays, many businesses incorporate prayer by having power lunches or higher power lunches. For example, Boeing has a Christian, Jewish, and Muslim prayer group. Microsoft has an online prayer service. How can you incorporate prayer into your daily business life?
1. Pray for Guidance
In business, you are always given an opportunity to ensure your next move, is your best move. However, if you’re honest, many times you find yourself in a position where you just don’t exactly know what your next move should be. Entrepreneurs can get stuck in a state of uncertainty for various reasons like fear of failure (success) and lack of knowledge. Prayer for guidance is a great asset in these seasons of hesitancy, doubt, and indecision. As you move forward (because you must eventually make a move), believing that it will all work out for your best will be the product of time spent in prayer. No matter the outcome, you will have the correct attitude in knowing whether you win or lose, it was an experience to grow and learn.
Benefit: Praying for guidance allows the floodgates of inspiration to open up to you and places your spirit in the best position to receive direct access to God’s master plan.
2. Pray as You Prepare
Have you ever had a big upcoming speaking engagement or possibly a meeting with influential decision makers that you needed to prepare for? You realize that making a great lasting impression is a must. You desire to have an impact in the area you serve in. You want to be the one selected. A signed contract would seal the deal! Praying as you prepare has a way of calming your nerves while giving you the strength to face your appointment, assignment or calling with unexplainable energy. We all need a point of reference. And most of the time we’re getting it twisted if we think it was our education, good looks or status that got us in the room. With all those benefits, prayer is the true upper hand to blow your mind and exceed your expectations every time. Pray and work and then watch how prayer works.
Benefit: Praying as you prepare reminds you that no matter how big or small, your assignment is never about you. As you simultaneously prepare and pray, you surrender your ego so that the greater One that lives within you can be exalted.
3. Pray for Strength
We can become weary of well-doing but if we don’t faint, we will receive a reward. And that’s just it, many times you will feel like giving up. It’s usually right before a major breakthrough. Mentally, physically and emotionally, the weight of managing a successful business can take its toll. How do you cope? What coping skills do you have in place to not become resentful in the very area you once enjoyed? Thankfully, there’s strength given through the medium of prayer. Supernaturally, prayer can add the super to your natural abilities, innate gifts and identifiable calling. However, it’s all about surrendering to the process and not letting the problems overcome you. The best way to surrender? Pray.
Benefit: Praying for Strength will supernaturally allow you to maintain self-control in areas you may feel helpless, hopeless or inadequate.
4. Pray in Gratitude
As your business grows and expands, there are numerous needs that will arise including finding the ideal support team. When you realize that your needs may be greater than what you currently have or what you desire, you can be tempted to focus on what’s missing. Having an attitude of gratitude keeps you humble and grounded. This kind of mental space opens up your heart and makes it ready to receive more of what you need as you count your blessings for what you already have. Basically, it’s remaining thankful in spite of. And saying “thank you” makes room for more. What are you grateful for in business? If need be, make a list and keep it visible to serve as your daily reminder.
Benefit: Praying in gratitude deepens your relationship with God, who is the giver of all good and perfect gifts.
5. Pray for Protection
I don’t have to remind you that you have invested a lot of time, energy, grit and hard work to arrive at where you are today. So that means you must have quite a bit to protect, correct? While you absolutely should learn the laws and have the knowledge to protect your business property (intellectual property as well), make no mistake – you need to also pray for your spirit to remain healthy, your mind to be sharp and to keep your emotions in check as well. Yes, pray for protection from yourself, which could mean old habits that you have a hard time breaking. This could be the need to compare, overspending and being inconsistent. You will also, of course, need to pray for protection from toxic collaborations, networking endeavors gone array and those that drain your creativity. Protect your space physically, spiritually and emotionally through prayer. Who or what do you need to delete to protect your space, save your energy and remain spiritually healthy?
Benefit: Praying for protection is a powerful and necessary layer that will sharpen discernment spiritually as it relates to people, places, and things.
Use this guide above as a reminder to make prayer a daily spiritual practice for your business. Your stress level will decrease, your relationships with God and others will improve, your business will thrive at a level of success that you define and your life will absolutely be enriched.