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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.
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.
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.