From January to March of 2015 I spent a lot of time in prayer. The identity of my company had changed, I wasn’t sure where money would come from, but I remember having a vision of what I wanted, setting some financial goals, and praying God’s favor.
From May to June I had my best quarter EVER! My accountant couldn’t believe it. The turnaround was incredible. We were totally out of debt and finding our groove!
When we declare our vision and write down out goals to meditate on daily, God see’s that we’re doing the right things to prepare for His favor. I didn’t make any more phone calls than I normally did. I didn’t spend money (that I didn’t have) on advertising and marketing. I didn’t positioned myself as any kind of authority in anything. I was just declaring the vision and goals.
Despite our greatest efforts as entrepreneurs, our authority, wealth, and power cannot compare with receiving favor at the hand of God.
In Nehimiah 2:4-6 we see Nehimiah finding favor as well.
“The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.” Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.”
First off, Nehimiah knew what was coming. He had a plan. You could say this was all premeditated.
Second, Nehimiah even said a quick prayer in between answering the question to the king. Next time you’re pitching a big contract, say a 2 second prayer in your head, that brings God into the negotiations.
Third, we see Nehimiah had a vision and goals set way before this encounter. Did you see how detailed he was in his request? This was the biggest meeting of his life, and he was ready for his one shot.
What do you want for your business? What’s your vision and goals? Sometimes we are afraid to voice our request…out of fear…out of seeming greedy…out of feelings of unworthiness…out of feeling our request is beyond God’s capacity to deliver. Never doubt God nor limit his ability to bless your business beyond comprehension. The Bible tells us that God’s “power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3.20, 21) if we would ask, seek, knock (Matthew 7.7, 8).
Take the time to evaluate the needs of your business. Do you have a written down business plan? When you pray, if God were to ask, “What do you want me to do?” are you prepared, as Nehemiah was, to give an answer?
When your business receives favor at the hand of God, remember to acknowledge both the gift and the giver. Pray: God, thank you for your favor over my entrepreneurial career… a priceless gift that can only be obtained from you. Let me be a grateful receiver, and let me seek to share what you have given me with other business owners.
Your Entrepreneur Compass,
Let’s write down some goals. I have an easy entrepreneur compass goal sheet for you to download.
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