And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18
Biblical business owners and executives have a special opportunity to intercede for a certain segment of the Lord’s people – their employees, customers, and vendors. This is a special ministry for which business owners and executives are uniquely positioned. There is no other person who has a relationship with the people that you, through your business, have.
While many businesspeople have a sense of that responsibility, they often get sidetracked in deciding how to make that happen. Here are some real-life examples of how people have made prayer a regular part of their business routines…
Specific Prayer Requests
Glenn makes it a point of walking the floor of his manufacturing company and saying hello to every employee, most days of the week. He’ll ask if there is anything for which he can pray on behalf of that employee. Most of the time, the answer is “no,” but often the question results in a conversation and specific prayer request. If appropriate, Glenn will pray right there with the employee. Or, he may go back to his office and begin his day with the prayer requests of his employees.
Pray for Every Employee
Duncan keeps a “3X5” index card on every employee. On it, he writes down personal information and snippets of conversations he’s had with that employee. He then prays for them and notes those prayers on the card. Duncan rotates the cards every day, so that he is focusing on, and praying for, every employee on a regular basis.
Customer and Vendor Prayers
For years, I have maintained a list of current customers and vendors, and regularly pray for their success and ask the Lord’s blessings on them and the Spirit’s involvement in their lives.
Prayer About Business Decisions
My customer service supervisor and I would meet every Monday morning at 7:30 – before the day began – and pray specifically about the decisions, events, and relationships for the week.
These are just a few examples of the ways in which committed business executives implement the command to pray for the Lord’s people. If you are doing something on a regular, intentional basis, please share it in the comments section below.
If not, ask the Lord to direct you to disciplines and practices that help you bring the power of prayer and the presence of God into the lives of your employees.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the instructions and examples you have given us in your word. Thank you for showing us the power of prayer and directing us to bring that power into the lives of our employees, customers, and vendors. Help me to create and implement a disciplined practice that will bring each of the people with whom I have influence to your attention. Help me, Lord, to become a more active and involved shepherd of the people whom you have given to me.