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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Have You Prayed for Success Today?

Success is the greatest job security. Your job is very secure if your place of business and you are successful. Yet, many people think that their success depends upon Karma of fate. They fail to recognize that God is working in the world. They fail to see that He will participate with them in success. 

So, let's look at what praying for success will mean.

Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son, Isaac. That servant could clearly define success. He was shooting at a bullseye and would know if he hit the center. Many people fail to know what success will be for them on any given day. They have no todo list. They flow with the crowd. They let circumstances determine whether or not they have had a good day. They can't pray for success because they wouldn't know what it looked like.

You must be able to define success in order to pray for it. God may change your definition but let Him show you that He has rather than merely claiming anything that happens is His success. A few years ago people were praying "the prayer of Jabez." They shared their testimonies online of how God had blessed them. They attributed it to their prayer but I don't see how. It is easy to hit the bullseye when you draw the target after the arrow has landed. They were defining their blessings based on whatever happened. Abraham's servant was defining his success before it happened.

Success requires that you do your part. Abraham's servant went to the right place. He looked for the right things. He did not take credit for the success later but he was certainly doing what he could to ensure that success.

You may think that you can do nothing to establish success. You do what you are expected. Your time is not discretionary. You have to answer the phone, assemble something, place packets of materials on desks for "successful" people to look at. Yet, you can. You can make sure that you answer the phone in such a way that people want to call again. You can assemble things quickly and better than others. You can put your packets out and ask if there is anything else that is needed. You will be in the right place for success when you are doing what you should be doing. God blesses faithful people. Successful people never merely do the minimum. Minimum people are always the first to go in an economic downturn. Do your part in your success.

Success must be recognized. Abraham's servant prays, gives God the sign he needs to know he has found the right woman and, yet, wonders if she is the one. I suppose success can come so quickly that we don't want to call is success. God has a way of bringing that success to fruition rather quickly. However, don't be tempted to call something success when it isn't.

True success depends on your faithfulness to God. Abraham's servant could have stood in this area where he found Isaac's wife and declared, "My master is very rich and is looking for a wife for his son. Are there any of you who want to marry a rich man's son?" I am sure he would have received some takers. In fact, he would have cheated in the process. It may have looked like success for a short time but ultimately it would have been a failure. Honesty is a virtue which also makes us faithful to God.

So, have you prayed for success today?

May God grant you this success.

Genesis 24:12 (NIV)
12 Then he prayed, "O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.

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