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by Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
A surgeon in a large city hospital had a habit of insisting on a few minutes alone before he performed an operation. He had an outstanding reputation as a surgeon, and one of the young doctors who often worked with him wondered if there might be a correlation between this habit and the mans success. He asked the surgeon about his habit and the surgeon answered, Yes, theres a relationship. Before each operation, I ask the Great Physician to be with me, to guide my hands in their work. There have been times when I didnt know what to do next in a surgery, and then came the power to go on power I knew came from God. I would not think of performing an operation without asking His help.
One of the greatest elements any person can put into his work hours, regardless of the field he is in, is prayer. What counts in life is not the number of hours you put in, but how much you put in the hours. The apostle Paul recognized this truth when he wrote:
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:17 NASV).Prayer asks God to insert his work into our hours and efforts!
What motivates you to do your job? What energizes you to do your best? Take some time to cover your work in prayer. You will find that time well spent, as He helps you to achieve more by His grace and power and for His glory.
Author: Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
Publication Date: May 1, 2001
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