Most of us choose entrepreneurship because we not only get to do something we love doing, but we can also get paid for it. When I started entrepreneurship in 2012, I knew I loved beauty and hair care. I got my degrees in chemical engineering because I wanted to design and create hair and beauty products for women of color. When the Lord placed on my heart to start Myavana, It was a no-brainer that I would pursue the opportunity. I had a chance to turn my passion into profit, and making money was a big deal.
We were first-time entrepreneurs who were excited to be the faces of black women in technology, but making money was my motive behind every decision. As we struggled to figure out our business model, I remember praying to God “Dear Lord; PLEASE make this work! Help us to get all these sign-ups on our website/app/services (we changed our business model three times). Pretty PLEASE! In Jesus name, Amen”. The prayer didn’t go exactly like that every time, but you get it! I knew we needed the people to get the money to get the next investment to get acquired. We were trying to sell a multi-million dollar company.
I realized later that I was asking God for all of the wrong things. Now I am not saying that my prayer shouldn’t have included getting people to sign up for our website/app/service, but there was something far greater that I should’ve asked for, and that is wisdom. More specifically, I should have asked for wisdom like King Solomon. [1 Kings 4:29]
God came to King Solomon in a dream and asked him what he wanted. [1 Kings 3:5] Solomon could have asked for anything – wealth, healing, power, influence, etc. but instead, he asked for wisdom.
“Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they can not be counted! Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” [1 Kings 3:7-9 NLT]
How many of us can relate to King Solomon? You may have just started your business, or you may have come to a point where you are spinning your wheels trying to figure out what to do and where to go. It’s easy to result to Lord, give me XYZ so that I can get to the money!! Instead, recite the words that Solomon said to God over your business.
God was so pleased by Solomon’s request and the fact that he didn’t ask for wealth, or long life, or retaliation against his enemies that He granted Solomon with wisdom, wisdom that no one else has had, and that no one else would ever have. In addition to wisdom, God also promised riches, fame, and long life! [1 Kings 3:10-14] King Solomon’s request not only blessed him and his family but his entire kingdom!! [1 Kings 4:20] The Kingdom depends on your wisdom to bless the people!
Dear heavenly Father, I come to you thankful and appreciative of you. I honor you and love you oh Lord. Father teach me to be wise and to understand your ways as I strive to live an honorable life doing good deeds with humility that comes from God granted wisdom [James 3:13]
For your foolishness Lord, is wiser than the wisest of any wisdom that I may possess. [1 Corinthians 1: 25]
God I ask that you administer your wisdom for my faith is in you and you alone [James 1:5]
I no longer rely on my own understanding, Lord, and I trust you with all of my heart! [Proverbs 3:5] I repent for trying to figure it all out, without seeking your face and your wisdom in all things.
Father, I know that it is much better to gain wisdom than gold and to get insight than silver. [Proverbs 16:16]
Lord, give me spiritual wisdom and insight so that I can grow in your knowledge. I pray that my heart will be flooded with light to understand the hope you have given me and the greatness of your power God. [Ephesians 1: 16-19]
Give me the wisdom to make the most of every relationship and every opportunity that is before me. [Colossians 4:5-6]
Proverbs 3:13 says – blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.Give me the wisdom to properly manage all the affairs of my business, including my finances, time, decision-making, and resources.
Lord grant me the wisdom of King Solomon, so that I may be wise beyond my years and give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your (insert business here) well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself can govern this (insert business/request here) of yours? [1 Kings 3:11-12]
In Jesus name, Amen