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The importance of praying daily for your business, employees and customers

The importance of praying daily for your business, employees and customers

How many business owners have you spoken to in 2017? It has been a tough year for many and when approached about how successful their year has been and how good the future looks many may say they need a miracle.
There are so many businesses that are struggling and yet there are those who put their business in the hands of God who while facing the same challenges have a greater sense of hope. With this in mind, as a Christian business leader, just how important is it to pray daily for your business, employees and customers?
Why pray?
Before answering that question one needs to step back and consider the importance of prayer and the power of prayer in general. Daily prayer and constant prayer is the lifeline to God for every Christian, combined with meditation on God’s word these are the cornerstones of Christian life. Prayer need not be complicated and should never be a last resort.
There are essentially four reasons why prayer is important:
1. Prayer is a privilege and we should never forget this, it is a moment of fellowship with our Father that we have been freely granted
2. Prayer is our weapon and defense in the battle against the devils plans. Ephesians.6.12 says “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
3. Prayer is our way of protecting us from sin, just read the Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9-13
4. Prayer works. There is no scientific way of proving this but prayer causes miracles to happen

Why Pray for business?
Looking at the four reasons why we should pray it makes clear sense as to why we should pray for our business, employees and customers. Prayer is not some magical incantation that puts a spell over people but prayer for our business it does and will offer God’s protection. No matter what anyone says, praying for your business is right and there is nothing taboo about it. If you, as a Christian business leader take your business seriously then daily, constant prayer for your business should be part of your business strategy.

The Psalmist in Psalm 5:3 says this about praying for business affairs “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Praying for your business in general is firstly your chance to be thankful that you have the business, even if things are not going as well as you would hope. Herein lies the second “why” as being grateful opens up a joyful heart and at this point your prayer for guidance becomes very powerful. Prayer for your business is like having time with a top business consultant and Philippians 4:6 outlines this perfectly “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” Prayer is your chance to get the answers to questions you need answers to.

There are countless facets to any business where prayer can certainly help, to list them all would be futile but the top two, over and above the business in general are employees and customers. Praying over and for your customers is vitally important, these are Gods people and He loves them and prayers for them demonstrate your compassion and love. This is the greatest commandment according to Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ‘This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.”

Why Pray for your employees?
Praying for your staff is above all an act of kindness but it is so much more. Many companies choose to pray with employees and this has been shown to yield outstanding results when it comes to business success. Praying together brings people together and praying through issues makes them feel inclusive. However praying with and praying for your staff are both different.

Praying for your employees follows Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Note the phrase “will reward you” this is not some arbitrary phrase but something very powerful. Because you take your business and employees seriously and respect that everything belongs to God your prayers are heard. The reward comes in ways that are often difficult to imagine but as point 4 for “why pray” answers this.

Praying with staff is tremendously powerful as Matthew 18:20 identifies “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Praying with your staff brings Christ into your business. Verse 19 gives an assurance of what is prayed for will be done. Your employees matter to you, they matter to your business and they matter to God and thus praying for them and with them is one of the best things you can do.

Why Pray for your customers?
Praying for customers and praying for your customers are two different things. Everyone prays for customers to come knocking, even unbelievers do this and if done from the heart with the right intention it is a powerful prayer. Praying for your customers can mean different things, praying they are happy with the service you offer, praying they feel the presence of God in your office, factory or store or just praying for the general welfare of your customers are all equally important.

Customers are the lifeblood of your business and therefore prayer for them is like an extended guarantee of your product or service. The customer does not have to know you have prayed or are praying for them. Even if the customer is miserable or angry about your business you must pray for them (Matthew 22:37-39). The turnaround in the a attitude and in some cases the spending patterns of customers when prayed for can seem miraculous and as mentioned at the start many business owners and managers are seeking just that.
Praying for your business, employees and customers should form part of your daily business operations. It should be habit rather than pure strategy; it should be a foundation of your business. Bringing your faith into your business is nothing shameful and it is truly honoring God. The power of prayer in your business is very often underestimated and sadly, while the practice of praying starts it is often neglected or stopped when results do not happen as hoped for or as quickly as needed. Remember, persistent prayer is the solution and God’s timing is perfect.

5 Replies to “The importance of praying daily for your business, employees and customers”

  1. What a great article and a reminder of what the Bible says: “Submit your work to the Lord and it WILL prosper.” If more business owners took God at His Word and made prayer a daily habit, as you so clearly wrote, more businesses would be much better off.
    In these precarious times, we all need all the help we can get. Our loving Father wants to be our partner in whatever business we are about. Surely, He has answers we don’t and solutions we need.
    Thanks for a very important reminder of the power of prayer.

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