Everyday when I go to work, I always ask God to help me… He knows I need it.
But when we’re praying about our jobs and our businesses, what exactly should we pray about?
Work is full of challenging situations, difficult people, and hard decisions. We could pray for a million things, but if you’re like me, a little guidance and routine might help you in your prayer life.
Below is a list of things which I pray regularly concerning my work. Every time I do anything related to work (go to my job, work on my business, think about an upcoming decision, etc.), I always pray some or all of these things.
Use my list as an outline for how you might pray. Add or subtract anything you believe is important.
The purpose isn’t really to ask for all the right things so that God can grant your wishes like a genie (though He does answer prayers). The purpose is to put your heart and mind in a place which is ready to serve God and other people selflessly.
To Work with Excellence as for God
Paul wrote, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
In everything we do at work, we want to do it with excellence so that God would be pleased. Even when no one else sees it, pick up that piece of garbage which isn’t actually your job. Go above and beyond so as not to cut unnecessary corners. Work with joy.#Work with #joy. Click To Tweet
To Know the Right Thing to Do
It’s not always easy to know what the right thing to do is. Whether it’s a moral, business, technical or any other kind of choice, making the right decision is not always clear.
My other job is in healthcare, so for me, knowing the right thing to do in emergency situations is often what I focus on.
Identify where your hard decisions are and pray that you can execute them well.
To Be Useful to Others
If we spend all our time being successful in our own work, it can turn into neglecting other people. But we must never forget that our work is meant to benefit those around us.
Work in a way which is useful to others.
To Be Skilled in the Work
Proverbs 22:29 says, “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.”
Now, obviously, the goal is not to be an ambitious narcissist who serves “before kings”. But the purpose of this proverb is that God honors those who work hard to do their job well and spend time becoming “skilled in their work”.
Thank God for the Hard Work
This one is not easy to do. I make a habit of thanking God for the work He’s given me. And that even though it was difficult, it is good to work.
It reminds me not to complain, because after all, it would be complaining about what God has seen fit to give me.
And it also makes it easier to be grateful.
That I Would Have Opportunities to Share the Gospel
The people around you at work need Christ as much as you or me. Ask God to give you opportunities to tell them how good God has been to you, and what He’s done for us.
Don’t be pushy, but “let your conversation be full of grace, seasoned with salt” (Colossians 4:6).
That My Behavior Would Honor God
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 says, “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
As you can see, our behavior in our work has a direct impact on non-believers. Work hard, mind your own business, and provide for yourself. It honors God to those who don’t know Him.
That God Would Give Me Success in the Things that Need to Be Done
Without the help of the Holy Spirit, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything.
Yes, the doctrine of Common Grace demonstrates that God’s provisional grace extends to every single person, whether they believe or not. And he brings success to people whether they deserve it or not (Hint: No one deserves it).
But praying to God to ask Him to give you success in any given endeavor is a good thing. It shows faith and reliance on Him. It gives Him due credit for any success you do find. And it shows that you do not rely on luck, but rather trust in God.Do not rely on luck, but rather trust in #God. Click To Tweet
Pray for Those in Authority over Me
This one can also be a difficult one, depending on your situation. Whether it is a boss, supervisor, higher management, the government, a licensing agency or whatever – pray for those in authority over you.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says to pray for all people, especially those in authority, specifically for those with political power.
But the principle is transferable. Pray for your bosses at work. Pray that they would do their jobs well. Pray that they would be understanding and help the workplace function more effectively. They certainly need it as much as you or me.
Well, what did I miss, guys? What else should we pray for in our work?
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