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Prayer is The Principle Thing

The Bible says ‘Wisdom’ is the principle thing but from where do the scriptures say that we get wisdom? Is it not from prayer? James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally…; and it shall be given him.” But here is the strange thing, most of us wait until there is some turmoil or some trial before we resort to prayer. Instead of it being the first and principal thing it becomes our last resort. God of course knew this because He framed James 1:5 within the context of trials.

Sitting around this table looking over blue prints. Hard hat set aside. Lap top open. I wonder if prior to this meeting any one of these three took time to pray. Of course the image cannot tell us that.

Is prayer the principle thing for a Christian business owner? In my opinion it should be. On our quest for Higher Ground. In our desire to be following Jesus in everything He said. We should make prayer the principle thing in every endeavor and in every decision. Furthermore, I believe when we fail to do that God allows circumstances to push us into a frame of humility and prayer.

So here’s the thing; When we prepare to gather for business, either alone or in a group, how often do we think to offer a short prayer before meeting? Most of the time we wait until we are in crisis mode or someone for whom we would intercede is in crisis mode. We wait until the budget is zapped and there’s nothing left and a need comes up. We wait until our systems are so broken down that another breakdown becomes the final straw. It is in these times that we meet to discuss what to do and to pray. Why do we wait? Why do we not offer a short prayer before meeting? Before every meeting. Before circumstances force us to meet.

A Biblical Example – Nehemiah
When Nehemiah had it on his heart to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, when he was sad and of a sad countenance in the presence of the king. Which could be a sure death sentence to be this way in the presence of the king. But at any rate, he was sad, and because the king favored him he asked about it. Why are you sad? (I’m paraphrasing of course) Why are you sad?, the king asked. Nehemiah answered, “Why shouldn’t I be sad when the place of my heritage lays waste?” Then the king told him to ask, to make a request, to tell him what he could do for him. It’s recorded in Nehemiah 2:4 “Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request?” Then you know what Nehemiah did?

He wrote, “So I prayed to the God of heaven.”
Nehemiah prayed to his God first and then he asked second. It was not a long-drawn-out formal prayer. No it was just a silent prayer before answering the king. He probably wispered, “Lord give me wisdom.” or “Lord make it so.” or something simple. But the point is he prayed before acting and asking.

Applicable To Our Time Online

Every time we log online to write, or to see where we can help, or to Skype, or whatever; every time we log on why is it that we do not offer a prayer before meeting with those others who are logged on?

Now perhaps you do. I do not know your habit, but I do know that it has been my habit, and probably the habit of most, to just sit down, power up, and go to work.

This for me is a habit that changed recently. Especially with taking on a task like building websites and calling together other affiliate marketers collaborate with me and one another. I dare not embark on this every day without taking a moment to pray.

Even this post is a result of prayer. Sort of. I closed the original domain that this post was living on and moved it over here. The decision to close that domain was a result of prayer. But then again the decision to open it in the first place was a result of prayer also. So was it God’s choice for me to begin that website. Perhaps. Perhaps not. I have gained a lot of Christian friend’s and business associates as a result of that short-lived project, and we still meet regularly on Facebook. My decision to join Wealthy Affiliate and learn online marketing was a result of prayer. My newest endeavor is a result of prayer. My point is this again; we have to bathe everything we do as Christians in prayer. It is important.

My Commitment To You

So here is my commitment (a promise if you will accept it); my commitment to you is to bathe everything we do here in prayer. When someone comes to me with a question, I will pray before I answer. When someone has a need, I will pray. When we as writers and editors need wisdom for direction or need to make a decision, I will pray. I do not take this lightly in the least and I know that if this work here is going to be helpful and effective then I need God’s help. I need God’s foresight. I need God’s intimate knowledge of the way things work online. So I will pray.

My Request of You

If you are here as a reader could I ask you to pray for us that we will provide the very best content possible? We want it to be effective for both you and others who come along behind you. If you are here just visiting and scoping out the territory could you pray for us? And especially if you are here creating or editing; helping and authoring posts. Would you please pray as you work? Pray before you work.

Conclusion

If this website is going to be profitable (by profitable I mean helpful to all who come to read); if this website is going to be profitable then I need your prayers. The folks who have agreed to help need your prayers. The folks who (many who are not computer-literate but are giving it a go; those who come to learn need your prayers. So would you pray for us and for them? Secondly, would you pray about what part you can have in this effort. Even if you feel you need time to learn you could eventually be a contributor here.

We would love to hear from you and connect with you. We encourage you to visit often. Sign up for the email updates. Message us. Get connected. We would love to be a blessing to you here. And your regular visits here will be a blessing to us.

Offer a short prayer before meeting at every opportunity. It may be a board meeting. A private meeting. A meeting with a lawyer or counselor. Pray ahead of time. As we do this always and often we will find ourselves more and more prepared for the inevitable trials that will come and that do come.

If there is anything that I can pray for you and with you about please message me. Or email me. I would love to pray with you or for you. Best wishes for an abundant and abounding prayer life!

Kind regards to you always,

Carl

Carl@AllMyMentorsAreDead.com

Carl

8 Comments

  1. Excellent advice Carl!

    I’m sure this is an area we all can grow in, after all we read in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing.

    I have become more aware of this need out of reflection on the words of Jesus, as recorded in John 15:5, “I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.”

    Additionally, if Jesus, being God in the flesh, demonstrated His dependence on the Father by praying at all times, we must never renounce the habit of prayer, or our confidence in its power.

    Blessings,

    Edwin

    • Edwin,

      Very well said. I absolutely agree. I left a treat for you in the words you quoted, “pray without ceasing“. Also your comment about Jesus’ words regarding abiding and praying are where we will be heading in the Red Letter Faith series. Thank you for that reminder to get back to the studies.

      Kind regards again and always,

      Carl

  2. As a result of my disability about all I can do is pray. I can’t attend church regularly, some Sundays I’m not doing too bad so I go, most times I cannot. These last three years have seen a great increase in my prayer life. When the rug is pulled out from under your life it tends to bring you to your knees. I am also aware of my many shortcomings so not only do I start the day with prayer but I continue to pray all day for help in the smallest of things. I know our prayers can lean towards a wish list of things we need from God so I try on Tuesdays and Thursdays, because they start with a T and so does thanksgiving, to just thank God for all He has done for me and for all the beauty that surrounds me where I live. I also have you, Carl, on my permanent prayer list, thanking God for our friendship and for blessings on you and your family.

    • Matthew,

      First, Let me say that I am extremely grateful that you are praying for us; for me and my family. I cannot thank you enough and thank God enough for you. I am very glad for our friendship as well brother. Although we have only met to dine a few times I feel like I have known you for much longer and I can trust that you will shoot straight with me. I appreciate that.

      I understand what you mean about pain putting you into a place and frame of intercessory prayer. Although our loss and pain was not physical, we have been there too. The only difference with my type of suffering is, when the emotional pain and abandonment you feel is gone, the passion you once had in your intercessory prayer can fade. Now that I feel whole again, it is work for me to have empathy and sympathy. Part of my journey is learning how to maintain that and how to teach it.

      I like the idea of only offering thanks on given days of the week. Tuesday and Thursdays are good reminder. Thank you for praying for me Matthew. I am praying for you as often as you come to mind. I assume as you come to mind, and as others come to mind, that God intends that I should pray for you and for them.

      Kind regards again and always!
      Talk to you soon,

      Carl

  3. Well written post which I can tell comes from the heart, I really believe if more people would go out of their way to help others the world would be a much better place.

    Since I accepted God into my life He has taken very good care of me, even when times are thin He makes sure I receive the things I need. Today I have faith thing will always work out for the best, and when you truly have God in your heart things do work out for the best.

    Jeff

  4. Thank you Jeff, I very much appreciate that. I always try to write from the heart. If it is a post of reflection or edification, or if it is a post promoting Wealthy Affiliate or CBD oil. I try to be authentic and sincere. I have had much too much hypocrisy in my life.

    God is much better at providing our every need and working all the things in our lives together for good than any of our fretting could ever be. Things do work out for the best. You’re right and that has been my experience too.

    Kind regards to you Jeff. –DCarl

  5. Thank you Carl, for this post. Prayer has been proven, over and over again in my life, to have amazing effects. He may not always answer the way I would like Him to, but in the end, it’s always for the best.

    I pray for my new online business every day. I’m still not seeing financial results, but asking God to bless it how He sees fit. And of course, praying for wisdom in my actions.

    Prayer, like anything else, needs to become a habit.
    The more we pray, the easier it is to think about praying. (For me anyway…)

    Blessings,

    Suzanne

    • I was not much given to prayer until the bottom fell out of my life and church life several years ago. That drove me into a place of intercessory prayer like I had never experienced before. I am thankful for the trial that we went through that changed me in this way. They say that prayer changes things but the one thing I find always changing through repeated time before the Lord is me.

      Thank you Suzanne for your comment.
      Prayer is indeed powerful!

      Kind regards to you always,

      Carl

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