3 Times Prayer Made a Difference in My Business
My husband Wayne and I have been contemplating some major decisions that has kept me in a prayerful mode these past few months. We are big believers that one should never make major moves without a LOT of prayer. As I thought about the importance of prayer in my life, I thought about the times when it had a big impact in and on my business, and subsequently me. Prayer affects me in three main ways as it relates to my business as well as my personal life.
The first way: Changing Me.
Sometimes when I am praying about a situation, difficulty or challenge, something interesting happens that I have now come to expect. For example, many of you know I run a nonprofit, and as nonprofit goes, it's a people business. Several years ago, I was growing very frustrated with my board. Money was tight and I was thinking of closing programs. In my desperation, I felt that the board could do more. I was coming up against dead ends so I did what I should have done earlier; I entered a time of desperate prayers. The Lord answered my prayers by revealing to me that my heart was not right, that I was being ungrateful and that I needed to look to Him and not people as the true source. I felt internally ashamed, repented of my ways and instead of "blaming" my board, I genuinely thanked and appreciated them for the sacrifice of their time. Prayer changes you.
The second way: Changing others.
In addition to running a nonprofit, I also run a law firm with Wayne. One of the pitfalls with business is that sometimes you change your staff. Some employees are a good fit, and some are not. It is never easy to terminate someone, especially a good person who may be ill suited for the job. This act always bring me to my knees for wisdom. On more than one occasion while I was praying through these tough decisions, the Lord suddenly opened a door of opportunity for the employee and have them leave without me asking them to. This is a great resolution to a somewhat difficult employee matter. Prayer changes others.
The third way: Closing doors.
A final way that prayer impacts me in business is when God closes a door of opportunity. Approximately 22 years ago, Wayne and I embarked on publishing an exciting Caribbean magazine. It was fun, but it required a lot of capital up front before you started making money. Early in the startup phase we ran out of money and applied for an SBA loan for $50,000. We needed that money to keep going. We were so close to success we thought. We prayed fervently to the Lord asking Him for favor with the bank and for good result. When the bank finally gave us their answer, the answer was NO. The loan officer told us that he could have granted us the loan, but he knew that the loan would destroy us because our business plan was not a solid one. He was right. It did not feel good at the time, but it was the right decision for us. God closed the door for our good.
When you pray, remember that God will answer in the best way for you. Trust Him in the process.
What are you praying for these days ? God is able!