This is the sixteenth installment in a series of excerpts from Gene Seehafer’s Monday to Saturday Prayers: For Men and Women in Business. Here are Gene’s 46th and 48th prayers.
“Primary and Secondary Information Sources
“Fight the good fight of faith.
Take firm hold on the everlasting life to which you were called.*
“Lord, I have a bible at home. Help me read it.
“Lord, I have a bible at home. Why don’t I read aloud out of it after one meal each week? Each day?
“Would I ever have the courage to carry a bible to my office and put it in my bookshelf?
“Would I have the courage to be seen reading it at work?
“When will my bible have that well-worn look because it’s been read regularly?
“Help me use it as a primary information source.
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but never in despair. **
“In the midst of my business affairs, Lord, I pause and turn to you. Help me see myself in true perspective.
“As much as I gripe from time to time, Lord, I’m grateful for this place of work. I’m grateful for my business associates— for those to whom I report and for those under me.
“I’m grateful for the world in which I live— the green of earth and the blue of sky.
“I’m grateful for my health.
“I’m grateful for good publications to read; lectures, concerts, and plays to see— so much worth knowing on TV and radio, when I dial with care.
“I’m grateful for my ability to learn and for the energy and enthusiasm to use this talent.
“I’m grateful for higher thoughts that inspire me.
“Lord, I’m also grateful for inward calm and serenity, often amid moments of great stress and anxiety. Never, dear God, let the pressures of my job or the material things that surround me, keep me from knowing where I’m truly positioned.
“ * I Timothy 6:12 , The New American Bible (1970).
“ ** II Corinthians 4:8, The Holy Bible, New International Version (1973).”
To be continued.