Sunday, July 01, 2007

Uncommon Prayer ~ From Vision to Victory

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Note>>> Use the following outline as a format for an hour or session of prayer. Consider introducing each segment with a comment from Pastor Rick (give him credit when you begin). As you transition to each new segment, instruct the pray-ers to use the question as the launching point of their petitions . . .

From Vision to Victory

By Rick Ezell


"For as he thinks within himself, so he is" (Prov 23:7 NASB).

Some years ago a magazine pictured a man staring out of a window; the caption read: "Why does this company pay this man $100,000 to look out a window?" Because the lifeblood of any organization lies in ideas and creative thinking.


Thinking is powerful. Flying a plane, air conditioning, cell phones, vaccines, the World Wide Web-without thinking, these were "impossible." Everything begins with a simple thought.


Ideas are a great moving force of history. For that reason, thinking is a critical need of leadership. We are never free to do what we cannot conceive. A leader's thinking must shaped by the following:


Vision: What Is Our Dream?

Carl Sandburg was right: "Nothing happens unless it is first a dream."


Vision is a process of the mind-it's mental, not visual. Vision is seeing what everybody has seen but thinking what nobody has thought. Vision, in a biblical context, is to ask: What would God have me do? What does God want with our organization, our church, our ministry, our family? Where does God want us to go?


Someone has said that what is needed to build pyramids is someone who can think and ten thousand people who can grunt. Unless at least one person is thinking, no pyramids will be built-and neither will a church or business or ministry or family.


Values: What Is Important?

Values have to do with how we treat people, how we do our work, what is important to our organization. Values are the standards, the principles, the code of conduct that characterizes our organization.


Organizations don't dream up values, they already exist. But leaders give the organization's values shape and form. It's like some universities that decide to pour sidewalks after students have first worn a path. Look at your organization. Where are the well-worn paths-the actions, the beliefs, the attitudes-that matter most. These are your values: make them known.


Venture: What Are We Willing to Risk?

Organizations that make a difference are willing to think outside the box. For example, a company was in the well-digging business. For years the employees had thought only in terms of how to make better augers to dig wells. They hired a new president and on his first day at work he said, "We are no longer in the well-digging business. We are in the hole-making business." Thus his employees began to think in terms of efficient and effective means of making holes, and they soon discovered that lasers dug holes better than augers. They achieved the same goal but accomplished it more efficiently.


Look at things differently, and take risks as a leader.


Vehicle: What Will Get Us There?

Once the vision, values and venture are in place, we need to think about what steps to take to arrived at our objective. How can we accomplish our desired outcome? A dream without a strategy is merely wishful thinking, but with a strategy it becomes powerful thinking.


Victory: What Will the Celebration Be Like?

A leader thinks like a champion. He or she thinks in terms of success, not just "getting by." The leader has the ability to stir things up, to capitalize on a unique window of opportunity. The end result is to move forward, to accomplish goals, to be God's faithful servant, to celebrate being a part of God's kingdom.


Today, wake up and start thinking. Take off your nightcap and put on your thinking cap.

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3 comments:

GALILAYA CHRIST MISSION CENTRE CHURCH said...

from vision to victory, means from nothing to somithingwhere there is no way God can put away.
from one person preaching and teaching five thousand people saved and joined the jesus christ church> daily.
from poor to riches of God proparties and matrials to enable the word oF GoD preached everywhere world wide.
you are the person> for the work you do serving the living God jesus christ our lord.
where was no road God put the way in red sea, isreal people pass by foot> praise God.
eman
call Rev Patrick Murundu AndielI
P O Box 2182-00202 knh nairobi kenya
TEL +254725982627
email galilayacommunity@yahoo.com
thank you patrick andieli

GALILAYA CHRIST MISSION CENTRE CHURCH said...

Pray for the international youth conferences at usa & ghana africa from 18TH AugusT to 21 August 2007 and from 25th August to 28th August 2007.
pray for youth charge and help us to stop drugs crimanals in youth,
pray that my team from nairobi kenya travel to joined them.
member from my team willing to travell to the international youth conferences are Rev Patrick Andieli, Benson Atira Okonji, Alice Mbandu Kivindyo & Mary Wambui Njuguna.
pray for our mission , vision, victory & Goal and achivment.
e request you to suport my ministry, iN the way of planting churches world wide and preaccing & teaching Gods words, the work of evangelist, and get more and more prayer partners aroundthe world wide for winning more believers for christ jesus our lord.

Anonymous said...

we are asking support of your prayer and suport our vision in christ jesus our lord,