CBMC Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.
Biblical Business Principle
Last week we focused on the Easter Message. Does the message of Easter affect your daily business life? How?
This week we will focus on the Lord’s Prayer: Father in Heaven. How does each element of the Lord’s Prayer fit in the business world? Over the next few weeks we’ll examine each element.
The Lord’s Prayer is still recited in many churches, but not in many others. The Lord’s Prayer is not a prayer we should pray by habit without thinking about what we’re praying. Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount: “And now about prayer. When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.” “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!” Matthew 6:5-8 NLT If He already knows, why pray?
He then said – “Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Give us our food for today, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:9-13 NLT The Lord’s Prayer is also found in Luke 11:2-4 in response to the disciples asking Jesus to teach them to pray.
The traditional Lord’s Prayer many of us learned came from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, 1662.
Our Father, which art in heaven. Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Our Father, which art in heaven – this element teaches us to direct our prayers to our Heavenly Father. Jesus prayed – “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.” Mark 14:36 NLT Paul taught – So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family — calling him “Father, dear Father.” Romans 8:15 NLT He also taught – And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. Galatians 4:6 NLT Why does the Bible instruct us to relate to God as Daddy (Abba)? As you face business and personal situations, do you talk them over with your Heavenly Father? As you do, do you sense you’re his child, and as a perfect Dad, He has your best interest at heart?
Next week we’ll examine Hallowed be thy Name.
Bit of Wisdom
For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures — for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Romans 8:16-17 NLT
Forums Ministry Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Have you hosted a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.
Forums Focus past issues are available online at https://cbmcmd.wordpress.com
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