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Praying the Scriptures: Prayers for Your Job

Millions of Christ-followers spend the majority of their waking hours at their place of employment.

Many more have other types of fruitful labor, either in addition to or in place of a full-time job.

As much time and energy as we invest in our God-given labor, few of us are aware of the power of praying the Scriptures over our work.

Whether your job is outside the home, work-from-home, stay-at-home, self-employed, or any other labor under the sun, I believe it’s critical that we conscientiously devote our work to the Lord.

It’s the means through which He provides for our physical needs and the needs of others as we develop a generous heart.

It’s how He grows our character and deepens our faith as we rely on Him for daily strength to do our work well.

It’s how He grants us opportunities to interact with nonbelievers we may not otherwise meet.

I don’t know about you, but with so much at stake, I really think we can’t afford not to bathe our jobs in prayer.

I’m lifting these to the Lord regarding my roles as stay-at-home, homeschooling mom and writer. I hope you’ll join me in praying these prayers for your job, and for any other work God has given you.
It is good for Christians to pray about our jobs. Here are eleven prayers for your job, from the pages of the Bible.

Prayers For Your Job

Thank the Lord for instituting work before man’s fall as one of His good gifts, as evidenced by His placement of Adam in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it (Genesis 2:15).

Claim God’s promise that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). Share with God your heart’s desire to fulfill your work responsibilities at the job He gave you, with His strength and not your own.

Ask the Lord to help you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33) instead of pursuing fame, fortune, worldly success, or the approval of man.

Pray that God would help you walk in wisdom toward unbelievers at your place of employment, making use of opportunities you have to share the gospel with them. Ask that He would allow your speech to be always gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person (Colossians 4:5-6).

Ask God for the grace to obey those in authority over you at work, not simply in their presence to earn their favor, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Commit to the Lord that whatever you do, you will work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. Acknowledge to God that even in your job, you are serving the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:21-24).

Pray that God would keep you constantly aware of your identity in Christ – one who is part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. Thank Him for making you these things not only for your own good, but so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (I Peter 2:9). Ask Him for a faithful heart and obedient lips to proclaim His goodness at every opportunity.

It is good for Christians to pray about our jobs. Here are eleven prayers for your job, from the pages of the Bible.
Acknowledge to the Lord that His desire is for hard workers to help the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:34-35). Ask that He would give you a generous heart and a helpful spirit.

Ask the Lord to help you aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one (I Thessalonians 4:11-12).

Agree with God that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. Share with Him that you don’t want to develop a craving for monetary gain, through which some have wandered away from the faith and caused many problems for themselves (I Timothy 6:10).

Pray you would be faithful in all matters of your work responsibility, whether large or small. Pray that God would help you to be honest, even when under pressure to be dishonest. Confide in the Lord that your heart’s desire is to serve Him, and not money (Luke 16:10-13).

Thank God for modeling a Sabbath rest, as He rested from His Creation work on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2). Ask that He would give you the wisdom and the commitment to follow His example.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the work You have given me to do. Please help me not to take this gift for granted, but to be faithful to You from 9:00 to 5:00 and every moment in between. I ask that You would use me in my place of employment, for Your glory. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.

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  1. Leah Adams

    Jennifer, this is so good! Our workplaces, wherever that may be, are our mission fields, and we should always approach it as such. You have put so much time into these prayer posts, and they are a blessing to me. I definitely can see an e-book coming out of these. Thank you!

    • Jennifer Clarke

      I’m so glad these have blessed you, Leah. They’ve been a special blessing to my heart in quite an unexpected way, too.

  2. Sissy Tubb

    I love reading your prayers and this one has me praying that you will write a prayer for those who have lost jobs and cannot find work. We have many friends in the oil industry and related fields who have lost their jobs as hundreds of men at time are being layer off. So many are suffering.

    • Jennifer Clarke

      Hello, Sissy! I’m so glad the series has been a blessing to you. I’m happy to let you know that I had already planned to include some prayers for seasons of unemployment. Stay tuned! 🙂

  3. JS

    Thanks so much. Truly, it is so necessary that all we do we glorify our blessed Lord. May the Lord bless you ?

    • Jennifer Clarke

      Thank you for taking the time to say hello and leave this word of encouragement!


    What an insightful list of prayers Jennifer! As the Lord allows me to awake each day; I realize the impact of conversing with God. I love every one of them but I think this is my favorite.”Claim God’s promise that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). Share with God your heart’s desire to fulfill your work responsibilities at the job He gave you, with His strength and not your own.” I know in my heart that without God’s strength , I would not be doing what I am right now. I thank Him for the opportunities He’s provided. I want to glorify Him in all that I do. Thank you for sharing this today… I will be sharing this post. Have a wonderful weekend and God bless!

    • Jennifer Clarke

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking the time to share, Horace!

  5. Karlene

    So encouraging! I wish I had been more sensitive to this while working in a traditional 8-5 office situation for over 2 decades. Visiting from #Grace&Truth today.

  6. Zena

    This is sooooooo…good! Thank u .

  7. Kgamane

    Thank you very much.. Things are not going well at work and after reading this, my reaction towards situations at work will change??


    Please pray for me…I am in search of a job….hope to have a job satisfying the Lord’s in every way.

    • Jane Schoenauer

      Good prayers! Please pray for my son-in-law, Steve, to find a job.

  9. Destiny Skye

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this out. It made my work day brighter ❤️

    • Jennifer Clarke

      I’m so glad, Destiny! Thanks for taking the time to let me know. 🙂

  10. NANBOL Dauda

    Thanks alot for this write up. I now see my work in a new dimension. God grant you more grace.

    • Jennifer Clarke

      I’m glad this was an encouragement to you. May God continue to bless your employment, for His glory.

  11. Meenakshi

    Awesome prayers. It’s nice to understand our responsibility to remind our ownselves that harvest is plentiful but the labourer are few Math 9:37. An eye opener.Thanks Jennifer

  12. Pam

    Exactly where the Lord placed my heart this weekend, and he brought me to your article. Life changing! Thanks be to God!

    • Jennifer Clarke

      Hi, Pam, and welcome! I’m so glad God used this post as an added encouragement to what He already impressed on your heart. May He bless you richly as you bring glory to Him in your workplace.

  13. zakria johnson

    Dear Sir or Madam . I humbly request to you all please pray for brother Arif johnson since many years he was job less please for him May God give a job and he will take care of poor family. may God bless you all thanks

    • Jennifer Clarke

      Thank you for sharing this with us. We will pray for Arif.


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