What is the secret to success in your calling?
That is a question many people ask as they continuously labor to achieve it. I am certain you have too. If you haven't, I'm worried for you. This is not a stand-alone motivational piece on achieving success. I would be doing you a disservice if that was so. This is more of an educational resource for you, your life, and your calling.
Before I give you the secret, let's define success. According to Oxford English Dictionary success is The prosperous achievement of something attempted; the attainment of an object according to one's desire.
Google defines it as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
I like defining success that way, so we will go with it.
Now, as for the secret to success. Yes, it takes hard work, perseverance, wisdom, resiliency, and continuos learning to be successful. Some would tell you it takes luck (I don’t believe in luck) and others will tell you it takes risks (I do believe in taking risks). We can, and at some point we will, look at those factors on this blog to provide us with plenty of information en route to achieving our goals, but I really do believe those are just role-players in the game. The star ingredient of success is none other than good prayer.
Frankly, there is no secret to success when it comes to your divine calling. The reason people like to say so is because they haven’t found the an explanation to why some are better at reaching their goals and why they aren’t. As a Christian you probably aren’t even looking at the right places for this key that will unlock doors to achievement like none other.
How can I say that prayer is the secret? I could share with you some personal stories that will humor you into understanding why I have learned from firsthand experience that this is the answer. Yet, I want to first introduce to you the master teacher, Jesus Christ, and show you Biblically why He was successful at His calling.
There was a certain moment during Jesus’ ministry that His disciples came to help with a request for a lesson.
“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1
I want you to notice this: Jesus would raise people from the dead. He healed the sick, cast out demons, and calmed the storms with His voice. He would preach great sermons that would cause 5,000 men (plus an uncertain amount of women and children) to walk miles into the desert just to hear Him speak. He would walk without hesitation on water and empower one of His disciples to do the same. He even died and rose again just like He said He would. His disciples noticed all of this as they ministered with Him. Yet, the only time that the gospel records His disciples asking Him to teach them was when they asked for a lesson in prayer.
Think about that.
What would you have asked for? Some of us what have asked Jesus to teach us how to be better preachers. Some of us would have asked Him to show us how to multiply food. Others would have asked Jesus to teach them to catch fish with money in their mouths! (It happened).
Imagine being able to pull out money for your taxes every time you go fishing.
Jesus was abundantly good at everything that He attempted to do and His fame grew because of all that He did.
Luke 5:15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
Some of you make the mistake of pursuing everything else but alone time in prayer. Being secluded with your Heavenly Father is what you should pursue more than anything in the world. You cannot have divine success for your divine calling if you do not approach the Divinest, our God, through prayer.
Jesus suggested it so.
Look at what He says about public prayer vs. private prayer:
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
If your goal as a leader is to be seen by others doing what you should be doing then those are wrong motives. Those reasons are fueled by pride. Yet, praying privately, for the sake of intimacy is led by an earnest desire to be in relationship with Him.
That should be your goal.
When you seek relationship with Him first through prayer then all else is taken care of. I dare you to forget what you need and pray constantly and consistently.
People often ask me, “Does prayer really change anything?” I always tell respond, “Yes it does. It changes us.”
You’re definition of success may even change when you pray. All that is for the better. In fact, that is the “secret” that isn’t really shared. When you pray wholeheartedly for change, change occurs in you first.
So my call to action to you is to write down what you are praying for and why. I and the rest of the community would love to read about them. Leave them as a comment below.