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Prayer in the Assessment Process


Sometimes the assessment process can be a stressful event. Anticipation of the results can be anxiety producing. The solution? Pray at every turn in the assessment process.

Turning to God in Prayer in the Assessment Process Makes a Difference

Doing assessments in the Church can meet with criticism as some might view them as a worldly approach to ministry. Or, people may think it’s unnecessary if ministry appears to be on track. We can experience stress in anticipation of people’s response to the idea of doing an assessment. Yet, we know that God Himself did assessments like when He created the heavens and earth and looked back each day to see that what He did was good (Gen. 1).

Prayer for the Assessment ProcessThink of the difference a prayerful approach to doing assessments can make in alleviating stress and even preventing some of the criticism. Start with a prayer similar to Psalm 139:23-24. —

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Getting started can seem overwhelming to those not naturally prone to this sort of thing. And, we could find ourselves worrying that we may not like the results and the changes it might suggest. Hence, we can find ourselves a bit anxious, unsure of the outcome.

We can be at peace about the process and potential results rather than anxious and stressed when we turn to God in prayer as promised in Philippians 4:6-7. — Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

As in anything we do, we need to wholeheartedly trust the Lord from start to finish rather than lean on our own understanding (Prov. 3:5-6). One of the ways we do that is by turning to HimĀ  in prayer. For more help, go to: Prayer Resources

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