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Hearty, heroic, compassionate, fearless martyrs must the men and women be who take hold of and shape a generation for God. If they be timid time servers, place seekers, if they be men pleasers or men fearers, if their faith has a weak hold on God or his Word, if their denial be broken by any phase of self or the world, theycannot take hold of the Church nor the world for God.E.M. Bounds, “Men of Prayer Needed,” p. 1
“...educate and empower professionals to activate people ofpeace, engage in the global conversation, disciple their professionand turn their world right-side-up.”
Assisting professionals in the market-space and market-place who are called by God to not onlydisciple but also transform their own organization will shape the 21
century as God’s “laborers”move from the “ordained to the ordinary.” We are also collecting fact based research rather than just anecdotal research on the affects of intercessory prayer on policies, practices, values andnew product development in various work domains.This essay has several themes:
Intercessory prayer affects patient health:
We have some evidence that prayer cansignificantly affect surgical success rates and reduces recovery times for patients.
Intercessory prayer can affect and transform organizations:
If intercessory prayercan affect patient health, could intercessory prayer also affect organizational health inmarket-spaces and market-places including commerce?
Work is Holy:
Work in Genesis chapter 1 is defined as “...multiply, fill, subdue andrule...” the world that God gave to them (mankind). This was not only mankind’s holywork but God gave them the talents, gifting and resources to accomplish this mission.We call it the “Original Commission.” It was never withdrawn and the “GreatCommission” complements it with its charge to “...disciple the nations...”
Professionals as nation builders:
If intercessory prayer can transform our professionalwork and market-space setting, could God also expect us to transform 21
centurynations much as God transformed Western Europe. God is resourcing a few to disciplethe nations.
Global Conversation and neutral platforms:
Christians have often been adversarial intheir relationships. We propose creating neutral platforms in the market-space andmarket-place as well as engaging people in the emerging global conversation about“...how best to live life on planet earth.”