By Meg Bucher, Crosswalk.com
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2, NIV)
Conformity carries a negative connotation. But strangely, in a society that shouts individualism and independence, it’s crowned king. When we live Christ-led lives, we stand out. The transformation Paul wrote about to the Romans begins in our minds and hearts, driving all we do and trickling down into every aspect of our lives.
How do we make sure our bottom line in business is spiritually healthy? These verses in Romans are a good guide, and prayer is a good way to hold our business plans accountable to the truth.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life- your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life- and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:1-2, The Message)
A Prayer to Exercise Christ-Centered Conduct in Business
Father, we praise You for the entrepreneurial spirit You set in our hearts. Let all of our achievements honor You. When the lines of ethical and honest decisions start to blur, grant us absolute clarity. Stir in our hearts the courage to build a foundation of our business on the back of Your truth, and Your standards. When we are pressured and poked to cut corners and bend our Christ-centered code of moral conduct, strengthen our resolve to stay focused on You first.
Help us to honor the vision that You set in our hearts. Let us give it to You daily and work hard - giving it our all for Your glory. Protect us from the pride that over-applauds us and that which attacks our confidence. Father, if You aim to accomplish something through us, You will see it to fruition. Help us to be faithful along the way.
In Jesus’ Name,
A Prayer for Your Business to Serve People and Your Community Well
Father, whether our businesses are struggling or thriving, You are still God – our unchanging Provider. Help us throw all of our trust in You. Faithful and loving, You place us in communities. May our businesses seek to serve those living in the communities in which our businesses reside.
You are not a God of coincidence; you place people in our lives purposefully. For this reason, we pray for hearts that are open to Your voice that guides us in wisdom, and mute those that temp us to go astray. For by our example and decisions, we show what it means to follow Jesus in every area of life.
Show us our place in the business world, and beyond. How can we take what we are learning and earning to help those in far corners of our neighborhoods and the world? Show us our place, Father. For we know when we let go of our tight grip on process, You blow us away with the places you lead and take us. Fill our hearts with the joy and peace that surpass all understanding.
In Jesus’ Name,
A Prayer for Your Employees
Father, bless our employees. Forgive us for any and all times we have been unfair bosses and/or ungrateful co-workers. When we are tempted to be frustrated with our position or our employees, calm our thoughts to align with Your truth. Help us to be kind and patient when we are anxious and fuming. When things don’t go the way we want or planned, keep us level headed and gracious, compassionate, and careful with our words.
Thank You for providing for us, Father. Bless our employees and their families. Keep them physically safe and healthy, and guard their hearts and minds, today and always. May every day they come to work be a joy, not a burden. If there are days that burden them, may they have the courage to speak up, trusting we will hear and answer them with compassion.
May all affected by our businesses feel closer to You, Christ, because they are a part of our organizations. Bless the decisions made now and in the future. May our businesses be built on godly principles and steered by godly truths.
In Jesus’ Name,
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