To function in the economy, one must be able to think and make plans. Your success will be determined by how well you execute your plans. Certain religious people frequently believe that prayer alone will bring them success and prosperity. But this is not true. It takes more than just prayer to become a player in the economy. You will need to supplement your prayer discipline with education, skills, thinking, and planning. That is what it takes to function in the economy. You must progress from praying to thinking and planning.
One biblical character who exemplifies this is Daniel. Daniel was not serving in the government because he was a prayer warrior. He earned his reputation because he had insight, intelligence and wisdom. Daniel was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems (Daniel 5:11-12 NIV). Prayer was a very important part of Daniel’s life. This is evident in Daniel 2:17-19 and Daniel 6:4-10. However, you can see that Daniel was doing more than just praying and fasting. He was also exceptionally brilliant. Daniel had been educated and trained for many years.
You need spiritual capacity to operate at the highest levels of the economy. However, the spiritual skills required for success goes beyond prayers. You must learn how to think and make plans. Thinking and planning are things that do not appear to be tangible. They seem spiritual in nature. To function in the economy, you must cultivate creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem-solving abilities. For success, these abilities must be combined with prayers. Your ability to pray generates the capacity to do good. Your ability to think, plan and execute strategy allows you to make the most of your circumstances. Let prayers fuel your thinking and planning.