5 Power Prayer Keys for Your Business

“In this manner, therefore, pray.” Matthew 6:9a

Immediately after Jesus’ first recorded sermon, the disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. What many call The Lord’s Prayer is designed as a model prayer (“in this manner”), a structure for power prayers, not one to endlessly repeat or He would have said, “Say exactly this over and over and over.”

More so, this model prayer is just as much for a business owner as it is for anyone else.

Jesus’ model prayer contains five key elements. First, I will share the 5 prayer keys, then offer a brief Old Testament case study on how one man integrated these keys into a power prayer God answered.

5 Keys to Power Prayer

Key #1: Praise

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” Matthew 6:9

How appropriate that all our prayers, including those for our business, should begin with praise. For our God exalts the praises of His people (Psalm 148:14).

Key #2: Power

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

Kingdom (basileia) means the right and dominion authority to rule over a territory.  At the cross, Jesus took back the surrendered dominion authority given to Adam (Genesis 1:24-26) and then taken from Adam (Genesis 3:1-7).  We now have the authority (Matthew 28:18-20) and the power (Acts 1:8) to re-occupy all earthly dominions (kingdoms). It’s time we boldly prayed for dominion authority over our business mountains.

Key #3: Provision

“Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Matthew 6:11-12

Deuteronomy 8:18 reminds us that the Lord is the one who gives us the ability to get wealth. Galatians 3:13 teaches that we, the descendants of Abraham, have been redeemed from for the curse of the law for He is the one who gives both provision and power in all areas.

Key #4: Protection

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13a

The enemy is constantly on the prowl seeking to destroy anyone he can (1 Peter 5:8). That includes any marketplace kings like us who go after it for the glory of God.

There is, however, no need for us to cower, to huddle up, or to stop advancing. Simply armor up (Ephesians 6:13), speak the Word boldly (Proverbs 28:1) and ask the Lord to supernaturally protect your flanks (2 Kings 6:20) as you move forward in His power and His provision. (Check out of Silence Satan: Shutting Down the Enemy’s Attacks, Threats, Lies, and Accusations by Charisma author, Kyle Winkler.)

Key #5: Praise

“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Matthew 6:13b

Once your bold requests are offered and answered, it is again time to give Him all the praise and glory.

Biblical Case Study for Business

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:10

Look at how the prayer of Jabez breaks down into:

  • “Oh, that You…” = a Praise to the source of the one who has the Power to bless
  • “Would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory…” = an increase in Provision
  • “And Keep me from evil that I may not cause pain.” = a call for Protection

Even though not a perfect parallel to Jesus’ model prayer, the short power prayer of Jabez contains all the key elements. And since Jabez was a righteous man, God granted his request (1 Chronicles 4:9).

Not a Legalistic Formula

Remember, these 5 keys are NOT some supernatural legalistic formula that must be exactly followed within rigid parameters. That’s how the Pharisees operated then and many religious leaders still operate today.

Jabez simply prayed from his heart for God to open doors for increase and impact. As I write about in my book Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business, we have unimaginable depths of power prayers most of us have only barely tasted.

A Fresh Revelation

May these 5 keys serve as a fresh revelation on how you can add more focus and power in your prayers for your business.

I welcome you to share your testimonies and challenges with me below or on my Facebook page.

Let’s exhort and encourage one another to upgrade our power prayers for our businesses.

About Dr. Jim

Dr. Jim Harris is President of The Jim Harris Group, an international speaking and advising firm dedicated to helping believers in business unleash their unfair advantage in the marketplace. He is the author of Our Unfair Advantage: Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business and numerous other award winning business books.

6 Comments

  • Eric Snyder says:

    Good exhortation to not get “legalistic” about the “rules” but, rather, to look to the “principles” outlined in both the prayer of Jabez and the disciples’ prayer. Principles allow for individual gifting, circumstances etc. While the rules confine us all to a box, stripping us of the individuality & uniqueness God has so liberally gifted each one. Good word!

    • Dr. Jim says:

      Thank you Eric. Keep pressing into the revelation the Lord has for you in your business — then simply pray HIS WILL BE DONE & it is indeed done!

  • Great post Jim! I love the idea of putting this structure around your prayers for your business and praying boldly. Will be using this in my prayer time for sure!

    • Dr. Jim says:

      Keep me posted Tina on how the Lord manifests Himself as you do. (And did you receive the personalized copies of “The Impacter” you ordered for your team?”

  • Amanda Heal says:

    Oh, this is so good, as always! This has been sitting in my inbox for a few days, but the Holy Spirit prompted me to read this today, just when I needed it most. Something happened to mee which left me quite shaken, and wondering whether God really did give me my dream to run this business. Now you’ve reminded me of this wonderful framework for prayer, which will get me back on track.

    • Dr. Jim says:

      This is great news Amanda – glad this will help you “get back on track.” Keep me posted on what Holy Spirit directs – always exciting to hear how He is moving His people.

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