SWOT Analysis - Prayer and Talking with God
A simple SWOT analysis is used by businesses when they are planning to endeavor on a new project or shift their company focus. The main goal is to identify the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats to the proposed changes.
People forget to make a solid plan when it comes to adding a new discipline to their lifestyle. They have identified a need (lose weight, pray more, etc.) and an action that address that need (diet, start a prayer journal) but these are short term reminders at best. Having never addressed the obstacles that might present themselves, people quit as soon as their swiftly constructed routine hits a snag.
Creating a SWOT analysis will help you envision the potential benefits and looming pitfalls before you start the process of a new spiritual discipline.
The Jesus Gym
For 4 weeks, Another Empty Conversation is dedicated to talking about four specific spiritual disciplines - daily Bible reading, prayer, intentional community (aka hanging out), and serving others. In each episode the EC crew talks about the good, bad, ugly, and beautiful of the spiritual workout.
You can catch episodes on iTunes, SoundCloud, and many other podcast directories.
The Assessment - Prayer Time
The SWOT analysis consists of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. When it comes to developing a daily Bible reading plan it is wise to consider each of these areas before embarking on the journey. We asked the EC crew to develop a SWOT analysis and here is what they have come up with:
- Jesus thought it was important
- Physical benefits (Check out this article from Psychology Today)
- Talk builds trust
- You get the chance to hear God and speak your mind to him
- Answers are not always instant
- Don't know why or how to pray
- It can feel like you are talking to thin air
- There is a fear in what the answer might be
- The chance to slow down and re-calibrate
- Get a prayer mentor to show you how
- Pray the prayers that are in the Bible (Check out the book of Psalms)
- Pride says we don't need to
- Afraid of what others think and public humiliation
- We rebel. ("Fine, I'm not going to talk to you")
- There are spiritual adversaries that keep you from prayer
Your own SWOT analysis
We recommend that you count the cost of starting a new discipline. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. We want more for you. Doing your own SWOT analysis is easy. It can be done on the back of napkin or on your phone. We have provided a template for you to download. Filling out your own Bible reading SWOT analysis will help you better plan for distractions and choose the right plan that will help you stick with your goal.
Now go and do it!
You have made it this far. What's stopping you? Prayer is a connection that you have to keep open. While starting and staying can be hard - what discipline isn't? - the benefits are life changing. Don't wait until tomorrow. Start by assessing then establish your plan. Can't prayer for an hour straight? Can you prayer for 60 seconds? Don't know what to say? What would you say to your best friend? Don't like the idea of talking? Write your prayers down. Yes, that counts, too!.
The goal of a good assessment is to be able to humbly admit what you can and cannot do. An accurate account of your schedule, personality, and temptations will go a long way into helping you pick the best path for success. Increase your chance of success by getting a friend to keep you on track. Don't have a friend? Let us help. Drop us a line and we will help you reach your goals.