This past Sunday, our pastor, Tom Lindberg, invited all small business owners to join him for special prayer as they begin the new year. Pastor blessed them with a prayer he wrote with the Holy Spirit’s leading. One of our Tuesday prayer members who joined him for prayer, experienced a special covering of safety the following day as she claimed a particular part of Pastor’s prayer. With his permission, I am posting his prayer on Prayerful Pondering.

My 2012 Business Prayer For You

“O Lord my God, here I am again asking for your help.  I cannot make it through this new year without you.  I’m so grateful that you love me and always respond to faith.  Today Lord, I affirm that my faith is in you.

“I ask you to be my business partner throughout this year.  In the midst of all the economic uncertainty, I am going to depend upon your stability.  As our economy goes up and down like a yo-yo, I praise you that you are constant.  I confess again today that you are my source.

“I ask this year for uncommon favor with banks, for wisdom in advertising, and for integrity with customers.  Give me a creative mind, and open doors for new business.  Enable me in 2012 to dream big, but govern me so I don’t act foolishly.  I know you reward honesty, generosity, and hard work.  Press all three of those qualities into my life.

“O God, please give me physical health and keep me well so I can work at peak performance throughout the year.  I ask you to give me employees who are loyal, honest, marked by excellence, and productive.  Guard me from developing a self-sufficient attitude.  The most dangerous time in my life is when I think I can run my business alone and don’t need you.  Help me lean hard on you every week.

“I know I’ll face enemies and critics in 2012.  Expose them and protect me from them.  Enable me to be like Daniel in the lions’ den,who did not focus on the beasts, but kept his eyes on his mighty God.  I will confess often that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and that “My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory.”

“I ask you give me two or three loyal friends with whom I can pray, for Jesus promised, “If two or three of you agree in prayer, it shall be done.”  I want and need that.

“Lord, I know poverty does not help anyone.  I don’t merely want to survive in life—I want to thrive!  I know I cannot thrive without you, so I look for your help daily.  Enable me this year to move closer to being debt free.

“I believe that real success is…

          • Being who you want me to be,

               • Doing what you want me to do,

                    • Owning what you want me to own.

Make me a success in your eyes this year.  I pray for that because I know one day I’ll stand before you.

“O Lord, I don’t want to be selfish.  Too many people are hurting, hungry, and lost.  Prosper me physically, spiritually, relationally, and financially so that I can be an agent you can use to help others.  I believe you are able and willing to guide me, defend me, and supply for me every day this year.

“Heavenly Father, I know you respond to faith.  I confess my faith in you.  I love and praise you today, Lord Jesus.  Please keep…

          • My heart full of gratitude,

               • My mind full of positive thoughts,

                    • My hands full of business.                            

I pray this all in the strong name of Jesus.  Amen.”      

                                      – Pastor Tom Lindberg, First Assembly Memphis