Do you ever pray about your job? Not just prayers like, “Please don’t let me snap on my annoying coworker today,” but about your actual work?
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the greatest prayer warrior, but I do easily find time to pray about my job, as well as my husband’s job, every day, because I do it while I’m driving there.
I don’t know about you, but where I live, a prayer for safe travel to work is needed every day! So, as soon as I get backed out of my parking place at home, I start out by praying to make it to work safely. This leads me right into prayers for friends who are sick, injured, or grieving, prayers for my children and family, my marriage, and so forth.
And make no mistake, ‘most every day I remind the Lord that my desire is to be at home, and I ask him to please give me an opportunity to do that, and please let me recognize the opportunity when it comes. (Sometimes I second-guess myself when I decline offers of odd jobs here and there, and I wonder if I’m declining the very thing that could grow into a work-at-home opportunity. But, you know, it’s a balancing act…because I only have so much time and energy to spend on what I’m already doing!)
As I get nearer to the office, I always remember to pray about my work and my husband’s. Some of the things I typically mention include:
- Let us master any skills we need to master
- Let us accomplish everything our bosses expect of us, and more
- Let us give a great job performance and be well-regarded
- Let us keep our income flowing so we can support our family
- Let other team members, etc. do their jobs so that we can do ours
- Let business pick up (things have been slow at Brad’s work lately)
- Let the CEO (a temperamental guy) be calm and rational
- Let there be peace among all the coworkers
I believe these prayers are effective not only because they are answered, but because just taking a minute to focus on these things improves the frame of mind I’m in when I begin my workday. We might want to be someplace else, but we have to remember to be grateful for our jobs, y’all! We have to remember the day we walked in there and said, essentially, “Please let me work here because I need the money.”
Bottom line, that’s it! We have to stay humble about our positions at work. You can often go wrong with overconfidence but you can never have too much humility, so I think we all have to remember that, number one, we wouldn’t be there if we didn’t need that job, and number two, if we could have found a better job we would have taken that one instead!
For whatever reason, this job is where we are today, so with God’s help, let’s get in there and do the best we can.