The Power of Prayer
Have you faced situations in your business that money and intellect could not resolve? Do you understand the power of prayer? Have you had your back against the wall?
Let's explore this topic together in today's devotional:
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” - James 5:16
Entrepreneurs are known for taking great risks or for facing situations that seem impossible. In those cases, many entrepreneurs tend to worry or make the situation worse by taking matters into their own hands. As Biblical Entrepreneurs, we have no greater weapon than the power of prayer. Prayer is open communication with God that demonstrates our vulnerability and our complete dependence upon Him. It is complete submission to His will for our lives. When we are faced with impossible situations, prayer is often the only weapon that is cost-effective, accessible and works every time.
There are many examples in scripture of individuals who demonstrated their dependence upon God through prayer.
Solomon, faced with succeeding his father as the third King of Israel, felt inadequate to handle the new responsibility. So, Solomon turned to prayer. God came through and made him the wisest and richest man who ever lived.
“Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” - 1 Kings 3:7-9
Moses, while leading the children of Israel out of Egypt, was being chased by the most powerful army of his time. He took a path that led him to a dead end, with Pharaoh’s army at his back and the Red Sea in front of him. So Moses prayed to God. God gave Moses instructions that parted the Red Sea and enabled the Israelites to cross on dry land, while Pharaoh’s army drowned.
“And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” - Exodus 14:15-16
Jesus, after ministering to a multitude of people, realized that He could not let them go away hungry. He inquired about feeding them but soon discovered that there was not enough food to go around. He turned to the Father and prayed for provision. God multiplied the food and Jesus was able to feed about 5,000 men, women and children, with food left over.
“And they said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He said, 'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.” - Matthew 14:17-21
As we face spiritual warfare in the marketplace, there is no greater weapon than prayer. All the offensive and defensive weapons we possess can not be effective without prayer. This is why at the conclusion of Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul states, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” - Ephesians 6:18
What business situations are you facing today? Is it a cash flow shortage, issues with staff, government issues, family, or customer problems? No matter the problem, you can turn to God in prayer and He will give you the wisdom to address it and turn what seems to be an impossible situation, possible.
My prayer for you today is that God will give you the grace to activate your prayer life so you may experience His presence, His peace, protection, and provision in the midst of spiritual warfare.
Reflection: Have you faced situations in your business that money and intellect could not resolve?
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