Praying Business – Week Thirty-Nine
Word was already good for the three of us pray-ers – Liz felt less stressed with the catering in Lubbock business she runs – she shifted around some workers to better suit schedules and she felt less responsibility. Josh successfully fired his Lubbock lawn care and Lubbock holiday lighting client. And I hired two people for my staff who I felt I was led to hire. We practiced praying over Psalm 16 today – “I said to my Lord, you are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” All of got a lot out of it. Josh focused in on the word “Lord” and he said that he often just thought of God as a savior rather than as his master. Liz focused on the phrase, “Apart from you,” and said that there were times that she got so busy with this world that she found herself feeling apart from God. She said that she needed to remedy this. I focused on “good thing” and felt that I have been given so many good things that I needed to be more grateful for everything – even the tough times. Anyway, prayer was great as usual.
As for the larger business gathering, we had a speaker who was in one of the other prayer groups and they actually got into the subject that I had thought of sharing – becoming a business that prayed. The speaker’s name was John and he got into how he had started seeing major improvements in his customer and employee relationships ever since beginning every morning praying for his business. He spoke of how bringing God into the mix only made the “impossible” things feel possible. He also talked about various ways that he had brought prayer into his business. He said that he gave everyone twenty open and clear minutes a day to pray either with others or alone. He said that there were some people on his staff who didn’t believe in God and he just told them to do what they wanted during the time that everyone else prayed. He mentioned that one of those people who didn’t believe at the start and who thus didn’t pray had approached him about learning how to pray. John also said that he had taught groups at work how to pray in different ways. Most people were receptive and they had seen good things happen as a result. It was a really good talk. He encouraged the whole group in the larger gathering to join with the other seven groups who were praying before the big gathering to join the rest of us in prayer. It was a daring move to speak this openly about prayer amongst fellow business people and I congratulated him afterwards for being bold enough to share these things. I told him that he had risked being seen as a religious zealot that would be seen less seriously, but that he had done so well in his presentation that he seemed more sincere than I would have been.
So readers, what do you think about praying at your business? Is there a stigma at your place of work? Have you seen the whole culture of your business change as a result of praying at work? Let me know what you think…
It was an overall great time.