“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11, NIV)
If I were to ask any Corpath member the question, “Is your business doing better or worse than this time last year?” I am pretty sure most of you would have a quick answer. If I followed your answer with another question, “How do you know?” Again, most of you would give me data from a system that you have devised to track business progress elements.
Some businesses use the balanced scorecard approach. They track the four areas of Finance, Customer Satisfaction, Internal Processes and Organizational Capacity and Knowledge. Others develop their own dashboard of metrics that, collected and reviewed over time, will them how they are doing.
Paul’s prayer for the new Christians in Phillipi was that their faith and love for each other would, “…abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.” So, I could ask each of us, “Is your spiritual life, your knowledge and depth of insight of faith and love of Christ, doing better or worse than this time last year?” And the other question would apply as well, “How do you know??
We spend lots of effort and discipline in tracking the business sphere in our lives. I think God would be pleased to see Christian business leaders of faith apply those same skill sets to track spiritual progress in their lives as well. This raises the issue of how does on track spiritual progress? Is it possible to develop a balanced or a set of dashboard metrics & procedures for faith development and prayer over time? I believe it is.
PRAYER TRACKING – Although I struggle to maintain my daily prayer journal, over the last 12 years I have been using the following systems of recording, in point form, the activities in my prayer life:
Use a CIRCLE (the symbol of completion) when you receive an answer to prayer. Try to connect it in your journal to the date you recorded the prayer.
Use a TRIANGLE (the mathematical symbol for God or Trinity) to mark those times when you receive God inspired insights into life events or scripture meaning and application.
Use a STAR to signify those Epiphanies that God bestows upon you as you put effort into knowing him and his will. These may only happen every few months or only a couple of times a year. Reserve the star for more than just insightful moments, but truly significant moments or episodes of deep spiritual formation. If you seek them diligently, God’s promise is that they will come to you.
- Is your spiritual life better this year than last? How do you know?
- Do you approach regular prayer and bible reading as a duty, or as a joy?
© John Wiseman