We’ve been praying through the seven pillars of society in our gatherings. As the Spirit leads, we’ve focused entire meetings on government and religion. Tonight was about business and finance. We walked from the steps of the Capitol all the way down to Broadway—praying as we went. Without the focus of the Holy Spirit, we probably wouldn’t have noticed the number of banks we passed along the way. Pretty much every major bank and several investment firms all have offices within that stretch of state street.
At Lila’s suggestion, we stopped and prayed for an extended period of time on the corner of State and South Pearl. We prayed for brothers and sisters who work in those institutions to work with integrity and hope. We prayed for the Holy Spirit to invade and break any patterns of greed or corruption. We prayed for leaders to make responsible investments that bless our communities and culture. We prayed for leaders in business to understand and take advantage of the power they have to do good in our communities.
All the while, we were serenaded by speakers playing Christmas songs. There is something special about praying out loud in a group in public while hearing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” in the background to remind you of who you’re praying to.
Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”
As we continued to walk, the Holy Spirit brought conviction in the heart of one from our group. Confession happened. Grace happened. Love and truth happened. God was glorified, and the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace was made even stronger. All praise and glory and honor to God! He is working on so many levels through these prayer meetings.
Jeff just finished a fantastic book regarding business and faith. It’s called “Why Business Matters to God (And what Still Needs to be Fixed)” by Jeff Van Duzer. One of the core themes of the book is the instrumental and intrinsic value of business to the Kingdom of God. If you’re a business professional or you have one on your Christmas list, pick this book up! You won’t regret it.