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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on “how much is enough?” Is it ever time to stop expanding and growing your business?
This week we will focus on Problems and Prayer. When you’re in business, you have perpetual problems. What part does prayer play in resolving your business problems? When a business problem arises do you stop and pray, or do you immediately begin to work to correct the problem?
What is your propensity? Do you – 1. Pray first? 2. Begin working and praying simultaneously? 3. Get to work and then pray? (Perhaps when the problem didn’t get corrected quickly.)
Praying when facing problems –
Can we ask God for help for routine secular business problems? But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! John 15:7 NLT How closely are you joined to Christ?
Are you praying enough about your business problems? You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. John 16:24 NLT How is your joy in business?
Is there any business problem you can’t pray about? Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NLT Do you worry? How is your peace? Note: Worrying and complaining about problems only raises our stress level.
Some problems need God’s direct intervention. Prayer quiets our thoughts and prepares us to listen to the Holy Spirit and to other people.
Working when facing problems –
What is our part in working to resolve problems? “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.” Matthew 7:7:8 NLT After you ask, do you seek and knock on doors?
Some problems can be solved by careful thought and quick action; by rearranging priorities; through discussions and good counsel on the human level. Look here, you people who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog — it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:13-17 NLT Do you do what you internally know you should?
Final advice: Pray like it all depends on God AND work like it all depends on you.
Bit of Wisdom
If you need wisdom — if you want to know what God wants you to do — ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do. James 1:5-8 NLT
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