My prayers have been answered lately and for that I am grateful. I say lately, because I recently have been making an effort to be very specific and consistent. Continue reading to see the effect it has on my life.
I pray often. I do this while driving, at work, at the gym, in the bathroom and anytime I catch my thoughts getting away from me. If I suddenly start worrying about something, I start praying right away. If I tell a friend, “I’ll pray for you” I do it immediately. God doesn’t always answer according to my wishes, but He always gives me the right answer.
For leaders, prayer is not just a meditation technique, that when utilized properly, can calm your heart rate and put you in a tranquil state. No. Prayer is direct communication with the Most High God. The Creator of heaven and earth has given us His undivided attention and we can call Him anytime. It is as vital for a leader to understand the importance of prayer, before, during and after tasks. If we talk to God up front and ensure our motives are clear, He will see you through according to His will.
It doesn’t need to be very formal or contrived, it just needs to happen. In fact, I don’t think God cares how you do it, where you do it or who you do it with. I think He just wants us to lean on Him for all of our daily needs. Also, as leaders, you must show gratitude in your prayer life. Do not take God’s blessings for granted. Thank Him and praise Him for what you already have.
Don’t mistake prayer for inactivity. Leaders need to take actionable steps toward goals and objectives. If you are praying and hoping for a million dollars to fall out of the sky, think again.
Experiencing God through simple conversational prayer has changed my life for the better. It’s truly fascinating when you use this in conjunction with reading His word. We can become very effective and influential leaders, by simply including prayer in our daily routine. I pray that you experience this truth for yourself.