A friend asked us the other day on Instagram if we had any guidelines or scriptures that would help her pray more effectively for her Kingdom Business.
Great question! I answered quickly and went about my day. But as the week progressed, I got to thinking about that question and wanted to go into more detail about how we pray for our business on a day-to-day basis.
Below are seven simple guidelines on how to pray for your business. This list is to get you going. Start here and let the Lord lead you into what you should be praying in your specific realm of influence.
Step One: Get Into the Word
Praying the word of God is the absolute hands down best way to pray. I read scripture on a daily basis. Every single time we are in a crisis the Lord highlights a scripture to us. We usually print it out and put it all over the office and house to remind us to pray. As we see the reminder through the day, we quote the scripture and turn it into a prayer.
When we pray God’s word, it will not return to Him empty, but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
There was a time in our business when funds were very volatile. When funds were available, we didn’t know how long to make them last because we didn’t know when the next funds would be coming in. As I was reading the Bible one day, I came across this verse in the Book of Amos:
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the one who gathers the harvest, and the one who treads the grapes shall overtake him who sows the seed for the harvest continues until planting time” (9:13).
I knew that was my verse to stand on to solve the problem of volatile funds. We started praying this verse over the business. Within the next year, it didn’t happen right away, our funding had stabilized and we were able to budget each month knowing what funds were coming in. Our finances have remained stable and climbing now, thanks be to God, for the past three years.
Step Two: Pray up Your Boundaries
Picture your business as though it it were the Garden of Eden in the midst of a world in chaos. The Bible says that God planted a garden in Eden and he put Adam there to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:4-25). I believe that Adam’s original assignment was to expand the garden until it filled the earth and to watch over its boundaries to make sure that nothing or no one gained illegal access.
Derek Prince says that there are sins of commission and omission. It was Adam’s responsibility to watch over his boundaries. He grew lax in that assignment. When Satan gained access and tempted his wife, Eve, it was because Adam omitted his duty of watching over the garden.
Each day, we pray that the Lord will build a wall of fire around our sphere of influence. We ask for the angelic to stand guard over our business and home. The enemy is very sneaky and very willing to come in when we are weak and exposed. Praying up our boundaries daily, watching over the garden God gave us to protect, keeps the attacks at bay and keeps our business and family ecosystem flourishing as it should.
So get into the Word and pray up your boundaries is a good start. Making bold declarations is another one.
Step Three: Make Declarations
Bill Johnson says that nothing happens in the supernatural without a declaration. The Lord watches over his word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). Heaven loves to partner with us. Our prayers aren’t begging God to help us, for “he has seated us with Him in heavenly realms” (Ephesians 2:6). We need to get into the presence of God long enough to see our issues from his perspective. Once we have his perspective we then can decree and declare the answer to our problems. One of the declarations we make often is:
We have the mind of Christ (Philipppians 2:5-8), the wisdom of God is in us (1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16), and everything our hand touches will prosper (Deuteronomy 30:9).
We have decreed these verses over our lives for years. It is amazing how your mind shifts into a positive can do attitude when you declare these promises over your family and business.
Just to make sure you’re awake, here’s what I’ve said so far: get into the Word, pray up your boundaries, and make bold declarations. Okay. Take a breath because this next one’s important.
Step Four: Be Specific
David Yonggi Cho in his book The Fourth Dimension talks about how important it is to be specific when we pray. In the aftermath of the Korean war he pastored a small, fledgling work in the suburbs of Seoul. The services were held in an army surplus tent. His people sat on burlap bags on the floor. Money was scarce. In spite of the dire circumstances, Dr. Cho asked God everyday for three things: a bicycle so he wouldn’t have to walk, a desk to prepare his sermons, and a chair to sit on.
Dr. Cho asked and asked for these three things but months went by and nothing came. Finally, he went to the Lord to know what he should do.
“Every day I ask you for a bicycle and a desk with a chair but nothing comes. Why?”
The Lord replied, “What kind of a bicycle? What type of a desk? What sort of a chair do you want?”
God taught David Yonggi Cho to be very specific with his prayers. So he began to pray for an American-made bicycle because they were the best. He prayed for a black mahogani desk because he could think of nothing finer. And he prayed for a chair with wheels on it so he could roll around like a big shot.
When Dr. Cho became more specific with his prayers, God specifically answered them. It was such an object lesson to Cho. From then on his prayers become very precise, detailed and specified.
Get very specific with your prayers. Heaven likes to answer specific prayers. Our faith is built when we see a specific prayer answered. If you have a problem with a client, name that client. Bring the exact issue before the Lord. If a bill is due, lay the bill out in your prayer time. If you need to hire people, ask the Lord for the specific type of hire you need to make. We have a prayer journal in which we write very detailed prayer requests. It is incredible to watch how very personally God answers our specific prayer requests.
I hope this is not getting old to you. By now you’ve heard me say to get into the Word, pray up your boundaries, make bold declarations, and be specific with your prayers. Let me give you another guideline. It’s to cultivate thankfulness.
Step Five: Give Thanks
Thankfulness brings us into the presence of God. The word says in Psalms 100: 4-5: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” There is not a better way to start a day than with thanksgiving. There is always something to be thankful for no matter what you are going though. We find the presence of the Lord each day and work from this vantage point. Thankfulness opens that door for us.
Step Six: Pray in the Spirit
“The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness, For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning’s that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s will” (Romans 8:26).
When you come upon an issue that you have no idea how to handle, we have a perfectly knowing God who knows what to do. Pray in the spirit until you have an answer. Our loving God will lead and guide us, if we’ll yield to him in prevailing prayer.
We use our prayer language a lot. It keeps us from praying stupid prayers. There are often times when we have no idea how to pray about a situation. If we prayed from our intellect and used our mad reasoning skills, we would just mess it up. So we yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit and let him pray through us, sometimes with groans and tears. He knows our hearts. He knows what we’re facing. When we pray in the Holy Spirit, using our prayer language, we pray according to the perfect will of God.
Praying in the Spirit is our nuclear option. God hears our S.O.S. and he sends help. It is our most treasured prayer resource. We cannot thrive in business or life without it.
Be encouraged. You’ve stayed with me to the last one. It’s a weird one but very, very biblical.
Step Seven: Pay Attention to Your Dreams
Read the Bible and underline how many times God used dreams to speak with his servants. David Yonggi Cho says that the language of the Holy Spirit is visions and dreams. So pay attention to your dreams. They are really important. We have had so many answers to our problems in business through dreams.
Write your dreams down. Ask the Lord for interpretation. He may be giving you the key to a major problem at work through your dreams. One of the many ways God talks is through dreams. Don’t blow them off as too much pizza. Honor them and see how you get answers.
This is not an exhaustive list. In fact these guidelines are just the beginning. Just in case you forgot, let me share them with you again just for good measure:
- Get into the Word
- Pray up your boundaries
- Make bold declarations
- Be very specific
- Give thanks
- Pray in the Spirit
- Pay attention to your dreams
Prayer is such an incredible journey with an awesome, loving and involved Heavenly Father. I hope this nudges you to get on your knees for your business and for your family. Please let me know when God comes through for you with incredible answers to impossible prayers.
Thanks for reading. Leave a prayer request if you want. We will pray for you. See you next time.