Equipping Your Reimagine Journey
Chat with the Author: Logan Bloom, "Praying God's Word For Your Business"
LOGAN>>> From my early days in ministry, I have been gripped by Jesus’ example of servant leadership. These days, true examples of servant leadership are incredibly rare. Precious few have seen it clearly modeled by a mentor. I resolved in my youth to pursue the model of servant leadership, and though I didn’t realize this when I started, the servant-leader model is crucial to the expansion of the kingdom of God and the flourishing of our communities.
Now, God has graciously positioned me to influence influencers in various social sectors. I build relationships with church leaders, business leaders, and political leaders and encourage them in their calling and toward collective impact. This has produced many opportunities in our city where local pastors, key business leaders, and public officials are praying together and cooperating to solve critical social needs.
The stories are truly remarkable, and Jesus is stirring similar movements of servant leadership in cities across America.
LOGAN>>>While I agree conceptually, I do feel that herein lies a holy invitation of the Lord. Prayer Shop publishing offers a variety of excellent resources on prayer for many familiar themes, but until now business was not one of them. In all my research for this book, we found that business leaders are generally an underserved demographic when it comes to prayer in most churches. This book is one of many emerging resources that can be the kindling of awakening among business leaders, and Jesus is inviting us into it through prayer. So, I would encourage you not to redirect these prayers so quickly. Jesus is eager to talk to us about our businesses today.
LOGAN>>> Expanding more on the model of servant leadership, there are a few practical habits that have helped me over the years. The first is to make yourself available to connect with other leaders outside of your immediate circle. The kingdom of God moves at the speed of relationships, and often it doesn’t move at all because we’re too busy to build any relationships!
Second, bring no agenda. Most successful leaders are inundated with requests, but they are refreshed when someone simply wants to encourage them without any strings attached.
Third, pray together with other leaders. You could be a pastor, business leader, educator, doctor, or a public servant. Every leader will benefit by practicing these three simple steps. From there, Jesus will draw you into where he is at work in your city. You can see some humble examples of what Jesus is doing among the leaders in our city at our website: citychurchar.org.
LOGAN>>>As you dive into this book, you will begin to encounter the vision and passion of Jesus for your business and the businesses of your city. Jesus has a business plan for the redemption of the world, and you are in it! Most business leaders are unaware that Jesus cares for their business and that heaven’s economy is available to them. The more time that I have spent praying for business leaders, the more I have realized how far Jesus’ vision and passion exceed my expectations. This book is a tool to grow in relationship and partnership with the One who owns the wealth of the nations.
LOGAN>>>"Heavenly Father, Thank you…” There are many reasons that I began each prayer this way. One reason is that “Heavenly Father” is most consistent Biblical pattern to address our prayers. Perhaps more importantly, this is how God relates to us. It reminds us that when we pray, we invite the full strength and resources of heaven into our circumstances. We enter into conversation with a Father whose capacity for love and generosity and patience exceeds every earthly example. Numerous neurological studies reinforce the Bible’s emphasis on gratitude (Psalm 95:2, Psalm 100:4, Philippians 4:6). Thanksgiving sets us in the right posture to seek the Lord and is often the remedy to the devil’s accusation against us. Many times, I have received the clarity that I needed just by speaking prayers of thanksgiving before I even got around to asking! The journaling format in the book also begins with thanksgiving and adoration. It’s one of our most powerful weapons of spiritual warfare!
Anne Marais started the discussion "Dear Lord..." in the group Need Prayer? on Pray.Network
Please touch small-business owners across the world during this difficult time. Please provide for their needs and touch their businesses with your guidance and blessing. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.