“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.“

James 1:2-8 (The Message Bible)

More often than not one of the primary tasks as a business leader is problem solving. There are three things that will help you when confronting problems. FIRST, keep perspective: You can have joy and peace and not stress out because you are recognizing the purpose and the results. I like what John Maxwell says, “Leaders must think correctly about problems and see that their followers grow stronger through them.” SECOND, pray, asking for wisdom: How many times have you thought, “I can work this out on my own. I don’t need help?”Yet the Father is saying, “Trust in me with all your heart, don’t just lean on your own understanding…and I will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)” In other words, put your ego aside and trust Me. And THIRD, pray in faith: Pray with expectation. He is able. “Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.Ephesians 3:20-21 (HCSB)”