Two years ago, when my husband suddenly lost his job with a major insurance company after a decade of dedication and success, we were devastated.
It was – and remains to this day – one of the most difficult times of our lives.
In some ways, we still haven’t recovered.
But in the most important ways, we’ve never been stronger.
While unemployment wasn’t easy, and while I would’ve never chosen it, I can look back and say that God worked good in our hearts during that season.
Good that made my husband’s job loss necessary and even worth it.
One of our lifelines during that time in our lives was prayer.
The other was God’s Word.
And when you combine the two by praying the Scriptures, well, it doesn’t get better than that.
Here are eight biblical prayers for a season of unemployment. Lift them to the Lord for your own situation, or consider sharing them with someone you care about who is out of work.
Prayers for the Unemployed
Pray that God would help you not to be anxious, wondering what you will eat or drink or wear. Acknowledge to the Lord that this kind of worry is a sign of unbelief; thank Him that He knows everything you need. Ask God for His grace to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and claim the promise that all of your needs will be met (Matthew 6:31-33).
Ponder the truth that without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Ask God to show you how this applies in your life today.
Ask the Lord to teach you to be content in every situation, through the highs and lows of life. Pray that He would teach you the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need, and claim His promise that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you (Philippians 4:11-13).
Pray that God would grant you a generous spirit in spite of your circumstances, and that He would supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:11-19).
Confess to the Lord that no one can serve both God and money, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other (Matthew 6:24). Ask God to shine the light of His conviction in your heart, revealing any areas in which you have loved money more than God.
Beg God to show you what it means to count it all joy when you meet trials of various kinds. Pray that the testing of your faith would produce steadfastness, and that steadfastness would have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4).
Praise God for His ability to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8). Ask the Lord for His provision for your needs and for the good works He wants to do through you.
Commit to the Lord that you will trust in Him, and do good; pray that He would help you to faithfully dwell within the boundaries He has set for you. Spend some time delighting in the Lord, aligning your desires with His, and trusting His promise to give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:3-4).
Dear Heavenly Father, You instruct us to give thanks in everything (I Thessalonians 5:18), and as difficult as it is to do that during a time of job loss, please give me the grace to obey. Please let me not become so focused on my circumstances that I neglect Your blessings. I pray that You would increase my faith and draw me closer to You than ever before during this season. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.