Recently, I spent time with a handful of the most prolific ministry investors in Australia. As someone truly in awe of the generosity in the room, I listened intently as each person introduced themselves.
I was struck by the passion they held for what God had called them to invest in from evangelism to youth ministry, Christian media to chaplaincy.
What struck me most was their adamant agreement on one simple truth:
Success in Kingdom investment could best be predicted by the role of prayer inside the organization they invested in.
This shouldn’t be a surprise because as the psalmist puts it: “Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labour in vain” (Psalm 127).
A question (and significant challenge) for you straight from the Kingdom investors is to consider if prayer is just a weekly routine on your team’s to-do list, or is it ingrained in your culture – from the board right through to the newest volunteer? That, according to the experience of those investors I met with, is the best indicator of organizational success.
This truth has caused us to focus again on the role of prayer here at Dunham+Company. It’s no longer just a nice way to end a meeting or start our weekly staff catch-up, but a known measure of our success.
In this work we’re called to do together, we’re committed to achieving the best possible results. But ultimately, it’s His ministry not ours. It’s a lesson we’ve learnt and, as humans like you who are seeking His heart, we continue to learn it each day.
In the busy seasons as well as the quiet ones, let’s be sure we don’t just squeeze in prayer, but build our ministry work around it. And, know that we’re praying with you.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
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