As a business owner, it can feel like I have 10 priorities or 10 things that have to get done this very minute. As a business owner who uses social media and sees what every other business is doing, you can go ahead and multiply that by a billion.
About a month ago, feeling the weight of a really busy season, I felt like I needed to reframe my thoughts about VMP. I wanted to readjust by covering my entire business in prayer in a fresh way. I kept saying “I feel like I need to do a Prayer Audit.” I have no idea why that term came to mind but it felt very fitting, then I googled what “audit” actually meant.
“an official inspection of an individual’s or organization’s accounts, typically by an independent body.”
Though it’s God’s business, the “independent body” is God, because when I get in the weeds of the everyday work of VMP, I forget to include Him. The power of a prayer audit is that the search and answers aren’t coming from the human business owner, but God instead.
As I thought about doing this, 13 questions flowed out of me so quickly!
And can I just tell y’all, God revealed so much to me! I made two very big redirections that will have a huge impact on my year ahead and y’all as well. I’m planning to do this each quarter if not more often.
2020 Yearly Prayer Journal
FIND FOCUS. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS. EXPERIENCE GOD.
No more waiting! It's in the shop now!
The key for me, and what made this a prayer audit and not just a personal audit, was that I didn’t answer them all at once but took one question a day. I would read the question that I was to answer the next day on the day before and pray about it. When I sat down to answer it the following day, again, the words spilled out of me. Things I didn’t even realize were there, which I can only attribute to being promptings from the Lord.
I created this as an entrepreneur but really, as I look over these questions, they’d be fitting for every person living with a mission.
Here’s a sample of the questions!
- ARE THERE AREAS THAT I’VE MADE MY MASTER? OR GIVEN TOO MUCH POWER?
- ARE THERE ANY AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN A SOURCE OF PRIDE?
- ARE THERE AREAS THAT I’M RELYING ON MY OWN STRENGTH TO ACCOMPLISH?