By Rachel Dawson, Crosswalk.com
Whether you are searching for a new job, working hard at your current position, fighting burnout in your work, or struggling with coworker conflicts, you can bring it before the Lord in prayer today.
Like Psalm 90:17 says, the Lord our God has established the work of our hands. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that the Lord has good plans for us — plans that will prosper us and not harm us, plans that will give us hope and a future. So, let's make Colossians 3:23 our focus today: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man."
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Here are 7 prayers (and 5 Bible verses!) for your work today:
1. A Prayer for Job Hunting
You know my needs. You know my desire for a job, for work I enjoy doing, for the next step in my career to present itself. I pray that you would guide me as I continue on this job hunting journey. May I focus first on your will for my life, putting your desires and your plan above my own wishes and wants. Open doors to new opportunities that you desire for me, and equip me with the skills, knowledge, and wisdom I need to take steps forward in this process. As I craft my resume, write cover letters, submit my applications, connect with new companies and potential employers, and go on interviews, give me the words to speak and the courage to share who I am and what I can do. Give me confidence that can only come from you, and give me humility too. I trust you, Lord-- my life is in your hands. Your will be done. Thank you for being near to me every step of the way and thank you for always providing for my every need. May this all be for your glory.
In your name,
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2. A Prayer for the Work Day Ahead
Father, thank you for all the ways you’ve blessed me, specifically with this job that pays my bills and puts food on my table. Thank you that ALL work has significance because work is good. Help me bring you glory today, through my actions, my words, through the good work I do to bring order to my little corner of the world. Help me view my work as a blessing and not a curse. Give me grace and strength for the hardest aspects of my job. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
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3. A Prayer for a God-Honoring Work Life
Father, I come before you thankful that you have made work a part of life and given me the opportunity to glorify you in my work. Thank you that I can work hard and go to bed tired each day. Thank you for the good days and the difficult ones, and for the gifts you have given me to help this world be a better place through my work.
Establish the work of my hands by helping me to be productive, patient, focused, and insightful. Keep me from distractions and from technology hindering my work instead of helping it. May your Spirit lead me in my work and help me to be joyful, creative, and worshipful–constantly reminding me of your love and that you’re the reason I have breath in my lungs. Teach me to align my work, family, church life, and rest in a way that would maximize your glory and allow me to bear the most fruit for your kingdom.
This content was adapted from "A Prayer for a God-Honoring Work Life" by Kevin Halloran.
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4. A Prayer for Rediscovering Joy in Your Work
“Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.” Proverbs 22:29 (NIV)
Lord, help me to do all that You call me to do in this season and not one thing more.
What do You want me to do? What do You want me to stop? What boundaries should I set on my work?
Dear Lord, I need to regain joy in my tasks. Help me to worship You as I work, doing it all for the King of Kings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
This content was adapted from "How to Rediscover Joy in Your Work" by Encouragement for Today.
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5. A Prayer for Resolving Coworker Conflicts
I bring before you today these challenging circumstances that have arisen at work. I pray that you would soften my heart and the hearts of my coworkers. I pray that you bring peace to us in the midst of conflict and chaos, and that you would be near to each of us. I know that you are a loving and gracious God, and I pray that you would help me to be more loving and gracious toward my coworkers today. May I find humility in you, and may I be the first to forgive, to make amends, and to move forward in a healthy way. You have placed me in this job, among these people, and I pray that I would glorify you through all of my actions and conversations here. Help me to see others the way you see them, and give me an extra measure of grace and patience today.
In your name I pray,
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6. A Prayer of Encouragement for Your Work
Lord, thank you for the blessing of my business or ministry. I am grateful that you planted a seed in my heart and gave me the resources and opportunity to use my gifts to serve others.
Lord, please show me what you want me to do next with the gift of my work. Teach me to make wise decisions and keep my eyes focused on the path you set before me. Help me avoid temptations and distractions that lead me astray.
Lord, give me the courage and faith to follow your call – even when it means taking risks. Protect me from the doubts and fears that prevent me from fulfilling your purpose for me. Help me to trust in you and feel your never-ending love and presence.
This content was adapted from "10 Simple Prayers to Encourage the Heart of the Working Mom" by Theresa Ceniccola.
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7. A Prayer to Avoid Burnout at Work
Heavenly Lord, may the words of your gospel be always in our hearts. As I work, help me work with all of my might, but also help me know when I have to step aside, in order for you to step in and work in a mighty way. Help me have wisdom to know how to abide in you. Help me avoid burnout by letting you be you. Thank you so much for the work you’ve given me, may it bear much fruit for your Kingdom. Amen.
This content was adapted from "Experiencing LIFE Today - August 25, 2017" by Pete Briscoe.
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5 Verses to Read Before Work
- This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
- And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
- Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. Colossians 3:12-13
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
- Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMP
This content was adapted from "7 Scriptures to Read Before You Go to Work" by Renee Davis.
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