Be Encouraged To Pray In The Marketplace

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See You At The Office

In July of 2011, I had the distinct privilege and honor to launch the inaugural year of the annual See You At The Office marketplace prayer campaign.  For 5 days during the week of July 14th, I prayed and fasted for God’s sovereign hand to move upon marketplace leaders so that we might have Holy Spirit boldness and courage to be the salt and light of the kingdom of God in the marketplace.  Additionally, I had the awesome privilege of praying with several marketplace leaders during this week for our nation, our companies, and our team members.

While the inaugural year of the See You At The Office marketplace prayer movement was a seemingly insignificant event on the stage of national and world affairs, I know that the Bible says in James 5:16 (NLT) that “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results”; therefore, what may seem like insignificant little prayers can actually produce huge and powerful results in the kingdom of God because God hears the prayer of righteous people (Proverbs 15:29). With loyal hearts expressed towards Him, God shows Himself strong on the behalf of His people (2 Chronicles 16:9).  In fact, through prayer and fasting over the See You At The Office prayer week, I heard God speak to me in His still small voice encouraging me to not despise the day of small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10 NLT) because He was attentive to my obedience and He would be responsible for the long-term results.

Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Praying In The Marketplace

To pray in the marketplace during the annual See You At The Office marketplace prayer campaign, I fully understand can be a little intimidating, especially given the modern-day undercurrents of political correctness in our society which seek to silence the voice of God’s people.  However, as current day leaders of righteousness and grace in the kingdom of God, we can take great comfort from the real life examples of many heroes of faith in the Bible whom had to also face many of the same kinds of challenges, fears, and societal intimidations. In fact, one such real life example of a legendary hero of faith having to face intense spiritual intimidation and opposition to his courageous, disciplined life of prayer can be found in the book of Daniel.

Affirmation To Pray During See You At The Office

On the last day of praying and fasting during the 2011 See You At The Office prayer week, the Lord gave me tremendous affirmation regarding the courage to pray in the marketplace. As I was waking up on that Friday morning, the Lord began to speak to me about Daniel’s courage to pray even in the midst of seemingly impossible circumstances.  Daniel’s true story can be read in Daniel 6:1-28 of the Bible.

In reading this account about Daniel, it struck me that Daniel’s courage to pray when others told him that he couldn’t pray actually ended with a world-wide revival initiated by the king.  Furthermore, it was striking to me that the opposition tried to use the law of the Medes and Persians to stop Daniel from praying.  The reason this has significance is because it was the evil spirit of Persia that was fighting the angel of the Lord in the spiritual realm for 21 days when Daniel was later praying and fasting for his nation as recorded in Daniel 10:12-14 of the Bible.

When God’s People Pray, God Hears Our Prayers And Shows Himself Strong

Through these passages, I believe the same wicked spirit of Persia that was opposing Daniel, could be the same evil spirit that is still trying to intimidate God’s people today from exercising their freedom to pray in the marketplace.  However, when marketplace leaders demonstrate the courage of Daniel to humble ourselves and pray for our nation, our companies, and our team members each year during the annual See You At The Office marketplace prayer campaign, I believe the evil spirit of Persia will be defeated in the spiritual realm as in Daniel’s day AND the results will be the same as they were for Daniel – worldwide revival in the marketplace – the domain of modern day kings. God is good and He is great!

Thank You For Praying With Me During See You At The Office

So let me say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who joins with me in faith and prayer each year for the See You At The Office marketplace prayer campaign!  I look forward to praying with everyone who desires to join me as we humble ourselves before God and courageously pray for our nations, our companies, and our teams in the marketplace.

To His glory, have a blessed “Make It Happen” day and I will See You At The Office!

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3 Simple Steps To See You At The Office

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See You At The Office Marketplace Prayer Movement

Each year for 2 days during the week of July 14th, marketplace leaders around the world are invited to join together in faith for the See You At The Office marketplace prayer movement.  Through faith in God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to heal our land if His people would pray and turn away from sin, believers in the marketplace have an awesome spiritual leadership opportunity to respond by praying at the office and leading See You At The Office prayer meetings in the marketplace.  To help marketplace leaders effectively lead and pray in the marketplace, the following three simple steps are offered as a practical guide:

Step 1: Pray and seek the Lord’s guidance for supernatural favor and wisdom to lead a See You At The Office prayer meeting in your work place.

In James 1:5, the Bible promises to give us wisdom stating “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  Plus, in Acts 7:9-10, the Bible tells us that “God was with him [Joseph] and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.” Therefore, the first step to leading a See You At The Office prayer meeting in the marketplace is to ask God for his supernatural favor and wisdom with the leaders in your organization to support the See You At The Office marketplace prayer movement.

Step 2: With appropriate approval, find a suitable private location at your office to host a See You At The Office prayer meeting.

The ideal location would be a conference room or break room where people of faith could gather for a short time of prayer before work, during break, or after work. In Philippians 4:6, the apostle Paul says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Based upon these instructions given by the apostle Paul regarding prayer, the scheduled See You At The Office prayer meetings will be a time of prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, to make specific prayer requests known to God for our nation, our companies, our leaders, and our team members. Please Click Here to read about the primary prayer theme for the annual See You At The Office prayer meetings and the five specific prayer points of this marketplace prayer movement.

Step 3: Schedule the dates and times for See You At The Office prayer meetings on any 2 days during the week of July 14th at your office place and invite your colleagues to pray with us during those times.

Because the See You At The Office prayer meetings are totally voluntary, it does not matter who nor how many people show up to pray. In response to 2 Chronicles 7:14, it only matters that the people who join in faith at the See You At The Office prayer meeting, humble themselves before God, pray for our nation, leaders, and team members, and turn away from sin.  If we do this in prayerful unity, God promises in 2 Chronicles 7:15 that He will be attentive to every prayer we make in that place.

2 Chronicles 7:14-15 (NLT)14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 15 My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.

Bonus Option: If for any reason, you are not able to host a See You At The Office prayer meeting at your office, please make plans to join me via open line conference from your office for 15 minutes of marketplace prayer during the week of July 14th at 12:00 pm CST Monday thru Friday by calling (530) 881-1212 and entering Meeting ID: 989874854 

With these 3 simple steps to lead a See You At The Office prayer meeting in the marketplace, I invite you to join me this year and pray with me at the office. I know this will take leadership courage and I also know that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13).  Therefore, let me encourage you to step out in faith and trust God in this critical time for our nation because if God be for us, who can be against us. (Romans 8:31) As you join with me in faith and in prayer for this year’s annual See You At The Office marketplace prayer movement, I want to thank you for your courage and willingness to stand in the gap for our nation, our companies, and our team members in the marketplace!

Have a blessed “Make It Happen” day and I will See You At The Office!

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Be The Salt And Light Marketplace Prayer Theme

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The primary prayer theme for the annual See You At The Office marketplace prayer campaign is Be The Salt And Light.  As believers unite in prayer each year at the office for any  2 days during the week of July 14th,  we can confidently place our trust in the promise of God found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 stating,

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Therefore, to help facilitate the See You At The Office prayer campaign in the marketplace, leaders can use the five prayer points highlighted below to lead personal and corporate prayer meetings at the office anytime during the day for any 2 days during the week of July 14th.

Since prayer is nothing more than a simple conversation with God about important matters on our hearts, each prayer meeting should merely be a time of simple prayer requests made to God with private meditations upon His Word. Even if there is only one person willing to stand in the gap at the office and pray for the nation and the marketplace, significant impact can result. James 5:16 (NLT) states, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results”; therefore, it’s not about the length of prayer or the quantity of prayers, but rather the earnest prayer of anyone willing to stand in the gap and pray.  With that said, please utilize the following five prayer points to lead a time of earnest prayer at each See You At The Office prayer meeting – personal or corporate.

Prayer Point #1: Pray for God’s people to turn from sin and be the salt and light of the kingdom of God in the marketplace

In Matthew 5:13-16, the Lord tells believers:

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

With our Lord’s exhortation in mind, let us pray for the unity of God’s people to turn from sin and faithfully fulfill their spiritual leadership responsibilities to be the salt and light of the kingdom of God in the marketplace.

Prayer Point #2: Pray for believers to be empowered with Holy Spirit boldness in the marketplace

The book of Acts records in 4:29-30 a prayer for boldness of believers in the early church and the Lord’s response as follows:

“’Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.’ And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

As believers in this 21st century stand together and pray in the marketplace, may the Lord grant us the same kind of boldness to be His kingdom ambassadors in the marketplace.

Prayer Point #3: Pray for our nation and our leaders in authority

In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul encourages believers to pray for our nation [all men] and our leaders in authority stating:

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

Let us pray for the Lord’s continued blessing and favor upon our nation and our leaders, making our prayers and supplications known to Him with thanksgiving in our hearts for His grace that is sufficient, His mercy that endures forever, and His faithfulness that reaches to the heavens.

Prayer Point #4: Pray for our companies to have the resources and provision needed to fulfill their purposes in the kingdom of God

In the kingdom of God, the Lord does not only care about our eternal needs as human beings whom He created in His image.  He also cares about our temporal needs on earth until we are united with Him in heaven; therefore, He gives people gifts and talents to be used for the purpose of serving others on earth and helping to meet the temporal needs of His creation.  In 2 Corinthians 9:8 the apostle Paul writes,

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

Let us pray that the Lord will provide the sufficiency of all resources necessary to fulfill each of our organization’s mission and purpose in the kingdom of God as we work unto the Lord and not as unto men.

Prayer Point #5: Pray for the leaders and the team members of the organization to be empowered in grace to work with a spirit of excellence, wisdom, commitment, generosity, humility, and faith.

In Titus 3:1-2, the apostle Paul provides great direction for the behavior and conduct of believer’s in the workplace stating:

“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.”

Let us pray that the Lord will strengthen each member of our team to walk in obedience to His will and His commandments in the workplace, giving honor and respect to one another and the leaders whom God has given authority to lead, resting in the peaceful knowledge that the Lord alone raises up leaders and removes leaders in accordance with His perfect plan for His kingdom on earth.

Have a blessed “Make It Happen” day and I will See You At The Office!

Be The Salt And Light Marketplace Prayer Theme Copyright 2011, The Make It Happen Learning Institute.  You have permission to reprint the leadership article, Be The Salt And Light In The Marketplace, in its entirety only, and forward to your colleagues and friends, provided the copyright notice remains part of the reprint and transmission.  All other rights reserved.

See You At The Office Marketplace Prayer Movement

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God Whispered…See You At The Office…

Pray For Our Nation

It was during the See You At The Pole student prayer movement when I heard the Lord whisper to me, “If students can gather together at their schools to pray for the nation and their schools, why can’t business people gather together at their offices to pray for the nation and their companies?” At first, I just contemplated the question, and after awhile, I honestly didn’t think much more about it until the See You At The Pole student prayer movement came back around the next year.  Once again, I heard the Lord quietly whisper to my heart the same question He asked me the year before.  “If students can gather together at their schools to pray for the nation and their schools, why can’t business people gather together at their offices to pray for the nation and their companies?”

This time I didn’t have to think long about it before answering, “Lord, I don’t see any good reason why business people can’t gather at their offices to pray for our nation and our companies and I see many good reasons why we should.  If You would like me to initiate a grass-roots national prayer movement in business, I will do it; however, You will need to give me the name and the date to do it each year.” So as I prayed about this matter, the Lord impressed upon me to name this marketplace prayer movement, See You At The Office, and He directed that it be held 2 days each year during the week of July 14th (2 days during 7/14) in response to His promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 which states, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Therefore, in obedience to the Lord, it is my sincere pleasure to personally invite you to join me for the annual See You At The Office marketplace prayer movement by uniting with me in prayer during the week of July 14th to pray for our nation, our companies, and our teams. To join me, all you have to do is find an appropriate location at your office where you and your colleagues can request permission to pray sometime before work, during lunch, or after work on any 2 days during the week of July 14th. If for any reason you are not able to host a prayer meeting at your office, then please join me via open line conference from your office for 15 min of marketplace prayer during the week of July 14th at 12:00 pm CST Monday through Friday by calling (530) 881-1212 and entering Meeting ID: 293-389-546.

Together, with a spirit of faith and unity, we can change the marketplace and our nation through prayer! So if you want to see God move in a powerful way in our nation through the marketplace, I ask that you please do three simple things:

  1. Mark your calendar for 2 days during the week of July 14th at 12 noon CST and plan to join me via the conference line above for 15 minutes of See You At The Office marketplace prayer.
  2. Follow See You At The Office information updates at www.twitter.com/SeeUatTheOffice
  3. Share the information from this post with your friends and colleagues to invite them to join the See You At The Office marketplace prayer movement by hosting a prayer gathering at their respective offices as well.

Thank you and I will See You At The Office!

To the glory of God, have a blessed “Make It Happen” day!

See You At The Office Copyright 2011, The Make It Happen Learning Institute.  You have permission to reprint the leadership article, See You At The Office, in its entirety only, and forward to your colleagues and friends, provided the copyright notice remains part of the reprint and transmission.  All other rights reserved.

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