Do You Have Time To Pray?
People use all kind of excuses in order to not pray. Some of the most common excuses are, “I don’t know how to pray”,”How do I know God is really listening?”,”I feel self-conscious when praying”, and ”I just don’t have the time to pray!”. Do any of these sound familiar to you? Prayer plays a vital role in our relationship with the Heavenly Father. When we make excuses not to pray we are telling God He is not important to us.
One of the easiest excuses to fix is “I don’t have the time”. Prayers do not have to be long or time consuming. Keep in mind that prayer is not just a time to ask God for something, but also a time to praise and thank God for the things He has done in our lives. A prayer can be something as quick and simple as, “Thank you God for allowing me to miss that traffic accident on the highway”.
You don’t have to speak out loud to pray either. Remember God knows everything in our minds. Nothing is hidden from Him. It is easy to say a quick prayer while getting ready for the day, before meals, while driving, or even at the grocery store.
While the quick and simple prayers are great you still need to make sure to spend some quality time with the Lord in your prayer closet. A number of people do this before they go to bed or first thing in the morning. Set aside 10 minutes and do nothing but pour your heart out to God. Praise Him, thank Him, ask Him. If you have a prayer journal this is the time you want to bring it out.
Taking just 10 minutes out of your day to pray can make an astronomical difference in your life and in your relationship with God. By continually praying you will see your personal relationship with the Heavenly Father start to grow. Prayer can help take worries away, reduce stress, and give you peace. Having a regular prayer life with the Lord will change your life.
If you are a business owner, you should also make it a habit to pray for your business too because what’s important to you is also very important to God. Here are three powerful ways to pray for your business.
1. Pray for God’s will to be done in your business – not yours.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
When asked how we should pray, Jesus taught the disciples to pray for God’s will to be done – not theirs. God owns it all (Psalm 50:10) and that includes your business.
2. Pray with eternity in mind – and not just for profits.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.“ Matthew 6:33
Sometimes we are all too focused on our bottom line and not the eternal impact we can bring to others. More often than not, we as business owners get caught up in greed, and selfishness instead of asking God how we can best serve Him and bring Him glory through our business endeavors.
3. Pray with others – and not just for ourselves.
“For where two or more are gathered together in my name, there am I with them.“ Matthew 18:20
Should you pray by yourself for your business? Absolutely (Luke 5:16). But you should also get other believers together as well, whether inside or outside your business, to continuously pray for your company, employees, customers, and communities.
And now for a little levity 😉