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A prayer business plan

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2003

The following is true. Who could be creative enough to make it up?

In San Francisco, a criminal walks into a Bank of America. Glancing around nervously, he grabs a deposit slip and a pen. On the slip he prints, "This iz a stikkup. Put all your muny in this bag."

But the line is long and his nervousness grows with every second.

He leaves and walks across the street to Wells Fargo. No line.

He quickly hands the note to the teller. She reads it, makes an intuitive assessment of the would-be-robber and puts on her professional face.

Declaring her sorrow, she tells him she can't accept a deposit slip from the Bank of America.

The guy's eyes fall.

"OK," he says and heads back across the street.

A quick phone call. A fast police car. An arrest. And all while the man is still standing in line, still waiting to make it to the teller.

One might say his business plan failed to account for all contingencies.

The same could be said for my prayers for business. With business scandals abounding, stocks slipping and local and even global concerns, perhaps I haven't been praying over enough bases.

One idea: Here's a list of significant names to add to our prayers men who are in authority over large groups of people and making decisions daily that affect our business climate. The list comes from the 2003 Fortune 500 list of the 10 largest employers in our nation.

Lee Scott, Wal-Mart, 1,300,000 employees; Jim Cantalupo, McDonald's, 413,000; Mike Eschew, UPS, 360,000; Bill Ford, Ford, 350,321; Rick Wagoner, GM, 350,000; Sam Palmisano, IBM, 315,889; Jeff Immelt, GE, 315,000; Bob Ulrich, Target, 306,000; Bob Nardelli, Home Depot, 300,000; Joe Pichler, Kroger, 289,000.

Together, these men oversee a population the size of Scotland. Wal-Mart's payroll alone would equal the population of Delaware and Wyoming.

Let's pray for God's blessings and wisdom for them and their families.

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone for kings and all those in authority." I Timothy 2:1-2.

Rick Cupp is a minister at the Kenai Fellowship Church, Mile 8.5 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai. Sunday worship is at 10:30 a.m.; children's church is at 11 a.m. Wednesday worship and Bible classes for all ages are at 7 p.m.



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