“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.